Technical records of the time can be spotty, with many frustrating gaps; we do not know if this was a successful matter-replication device, or merely something that foretold the day when such devices were commonplace. Some insist that this is just an oven, but the cleanliness of the oven and surroundings would seem to suggest that no cooking had taken place.

The women is obviously a member of the Copper Kettle Cult, but this may not be a matter of devotion, just an expression of a cultural tradition.