Keeping Warm in Southern Minnesota
Old heaters tell a story of practicality, creativity and design. However it's not recommended that they be used for anything other than a conversation piece. Old electrical equipment can be dangerous. Here's a look at a few heaters I have out in the playhouse.
The photo below shows a Virden Manufacturing heater. This heater dates from before 1926.
Dual Element Heater
This is a hard-to-find dual element heater. I see one of the elements has burned out since I last plugged it in. It was sold under the name "BlueLine" by Montgomery Wards.
This heater with the bulb was actually not intended for heating a small space but rather it was to be used to warm an achy body joint.
It looks like Christmas when it's lit up. There was an older version of heater that used several bulbs for heating cold spaces.
Newer Radiant Heater
This is a bit newer, maybe late '50s or '60s. It used to light up all orange but apparently there is now a short. Maybe it's because I don't have heat in my play house? It was made by a company in Geneva, Illinois
This is my favorite. It's a product of the Estate Stove Company in Indiana. This one was patented in 1916 and probably dates from World War I. And it still works!
The Back of the Estate Heater
I don't remember if the cord came with this heater or even if it did whether it was original. Based on the connection it used a type of electrical cord like the one found on an old waffle iron. In 1921 Estate Stove began manufacturing this same design of heater but instead of electricity, you could hook a gas hose up to the back. Sounds dangerous to me.