Date: Tue, 3 Oct 1995 02:15:35 CDT From: "Donald M. Lance" Subject: Re: icebox The original "eyes" of cook stoves were holes in the top of a wood-burning stove. You could put a "lid" in the eye and set a pot on top of it, or you could take the lid out and put a pot down into the eye to provide a higher temperature to the bottom of the pot (or pan). Burners served somewhat the same function as eyes when gas and electric stoves/ranges were invented. There also were eyes with lids on the top of many wood- burning stoves used as space heaters. Speaking from experience. DMLance