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Posted 4 years ago

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TomR
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I think this is a little space heater, from the cuppling it looks like a water or steam based. The front ceramic pieces come out. It is manufactured by Gaffler and Sattler of Los Angeles. 10,500 BTU's. Is it a very common heater, I haven't seem one before. Value?
Thanks, Tom

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  1. Samuel Spangler, 3 years ago
    Tom,
    This is actually a natural gas fueled space heater. These were used in homes from the 1890s -1950s. You'll notice the gas jets positioned at the base of the 'radiant brick' elements. These bricks would heat up with the gas flame & eventually glow a cherry red. These types of ventless heaters are now strictly forbidden by contemporary fire codes & so their practical useage and value is about zero. These days, these units are used as heaters only by those folks who don't care about their own safety & think that fire marshals are just kidding. But, they are used as decorative items (I tear them down & use the back firewall as a proscenium-frame for mosaic projects.). I've collected quite a few of these, and a reasonable value for your item would be about $15-25. ( I've gotten similar items for $4.) Anything more would be delusional. By the way, what is the serial or model number for this unit (I'm trying to tabulate a list of design features of the firewalls.)
    I hope this helped,
    SAMUEL

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