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    Posted 6 months ago

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    I'm not sure if I posted this hot air fan previously or not, but I was replacing the wick the other day and took some photos to show you.
    This is my hot air fan or "Stirling Cycle Fan", as it is truly called. It is a model "B" floor model mfg. by William H. Strong of Chicago, Ill. and is powered by an ordinary oil lamp. It has a 16" diameter Fan blade, and stands around 40" tall from the floor to the top of the guard. The heat of the lamp is enough to flutter the strings on the fan guard as can be seen in this operating fan. It moves enough air to bring comfort on a hot summer day. There is no smell of oil if you use the odorless lamp oil that is offered in a hardware store, and the little heat that it produces, is contained to operate the fan to it's full capacity, with all of the heat directed to the engine, so, no heat is redirected to the intended air recipients. This fan can also use an alcohol faunt that clips on three spring brackets located above the lamp chimney shown in photo #2. I prefer the looks of the oil lamp but the oil faunt works just as well.
    This is the only hot air fan that I own that uses an oil lamp for power. Others include, (3) natural gas burner ( I use L.P. Gas) Fans, and (2) alcohol burner models. They always bring an interest at the historical shows that I attend.
    I believe that I previously explained how a hot air engine works, so, I won't bore you again. If you want to find out more about how these interesting relics of the past work, look up "Stirling Cycle Engine" on Google or You-Tube.

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    1. Damonways Damonways, 6 months ago
      very cool in more ways then one '=))
    2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 months ago
      one of these would come in handy after a hurricane when the power may be off a few days. Don't guess anybody still makes them ?
    3. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 6 months ago
      bb2 toss me the end of your extension cord and I will plug you into one of my generators when power goes out. ;)
    4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 months ago
      Sure thing. I'll just bring your end over the bridge to Miami.
    5. dav2no1 dav2no1, 6 months ago
      Very interesting..

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