Last night I played my first game of Agricola and I was amazed how great game it was.

But one thing is not clear to me, when owing Fireplace / Cooking Hearth, can I trade for example 2 x vegetable for 4 food (or for example 3 sheep for 6 food) in one Fireplace ? Or is it allowed to trade only one vegetable / animal for food ? And can I trade vegetables and animals at the same time ?

When I played with my friends yesterday we played so that we can convert as many vegetables/animals for food as we can. But when I reread rules I've noticed line saying:

A player may own several Fireplaces and Cooking Hearths.

So why would I build more Fireplaces / Cooking Hearths if I can convert as many vegetables / animals to food in my turn ?

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Yes, you can use each as much as you want. The reason to own more than one is mostly if you get a better one later when you could only afford a cheap one earlier; or to deprive other players of them.

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    Also they are worth points; sometimes there's nothing better to do, especially if you have a clay surplus. Jul 6, 2015 at 4:24

Note also that you're allowed to trade in the fireplace for the cooking hearth, and not have to pay any resources.

There are two reasons you might want both a fireplace and a cooking hearth, or two fireplaces etc.

1. To prevent others from getting them.

2. For points. They're worth one point each.

  • The Major Improvement Cooking Hearth is worth 1 point.
    – Solocutor
    Feb 17, 2016 at 20:54

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