Plow & Hearth Exclusive Place our exclusive Celtic Knot Steamer on your stove top to help moisturize dry air. Quality cast iron with the best porcelain finish available means it won't fade or flake. Open design top means excellent moisture distribution to help make winter air moister and healthier. Green finish is attractive and coordinates with the Celtic Knot.
• Cast iron steamer with Celtic Knot design • Porcelain finish prevents fading or flaking • 3 qt. steamer helps moisturize dry air • Durable and attractive - great for your wood stove • Celtic knot design in a handsome green finish
Capacity Holds approx. 3 qts.
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Comments about Product: We purchased two of these shortly before Christmas 2014. Ordered these from Plow and Hearth because the reviews on the ones carried by Amazon.com said the quality was poor and the ceramic coating's were frequently chipped upon arrival. Ours were in great shape when they came. Made in China, but so far have been using them all winter and no noticeable rust. Much better than the straight black cast iron we had been using.
Comments about Product: I'm so glad I chose this steamer. The green adds a bit of color to the black/dark area of our living room. I fill the steamer every morning and, leaving the lid off, I dip balled up newspaper into the water, then into cold ashes to clean the glass front of the wood stove. Then I put the lid on. I need to refill it once during the day I use a pitcher with a spout to pour water through the Celtic latticework. The steamer looks like the picture, and the porcelain is in good shape.
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The Olla: A Brief History
Olla (Spanish, pronounced “oh-ya”) jars have been around since ancient times. Made of unglazed ceramic, ollas traditionally have short, narrow necks with wider bodies, and are made in a variety of shapes. They have been used for thousands of years for cooking, storage, and plant irrigation.
When used to irrigate plants, an olla is buried neck-deep in the ground near a plant’s roots, with the opening of the olla extended above the soil so that it can be filled with water periodically. The porous walls of the unglazed pottery allow the water to seep through gradually, constantly and consistently hydrating the plants without overwatering them – and without wasting precious water to evaporation or runoff.
The use of ollas for irrigation was introduced to the American Southwest by Spanish conquistadors during Colonial times, becoming very common among Native American tribes and Hispanic settlers. Though the technique gave way to more modern methods of irrigation some time ago, its superior efficiency, coupled with its simplicity, has caused it to make a comeback. Though the technique has changed little since its introduction, today’s ollas are usually capped off, making them even more water-efficient.
Perfect for home gardens, Ollas are a super-easy, eco-friendly, less time-consuming way to water annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables and plants of all kinds in dry, sandy soil, very hot or drought-prone areas, raised beds, and even pots, planters and hanging baskets. Fill the olla before you leave on a short vacation to enjoy worry-free watering – and a smaller water bill!