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Posted 6 years ago


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This is a "thing" that I found in a basement clean-out. It has no writing on it at all, but seems to be very well made. I'm guessing its some sort of smudge pot or orchard heater. I would really appreciate any input as to what it is, who made it, etc., since no one has been able to figure it out for the past 7 years I've had it. Thanks.

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  1. Hedgewalker Hedgewalker, 6 years ago
    My guess would be a bee smoker.But I searched vintage and antique ones and came up empty.Still my guess... Very cool !!
  2. TRIKER TRIKER, 6 years ago
    I agree with Hedgewalker. Cool find.
  3. Nancy Salisbury, 6 years ago
    This is not a bee smoker . My father used to keep bees and he had an antique bee smoker that looked nothing like this .Bee smokers have a bellows on them , this item does not . I also did a little research on the internet and none of the bee smokers look like this . I have also lived in an area that had a lot of orange orchards . I have seen the owners use smug pots and orchard heaters . That is what this is , an orchard heater not a bee smoker .
  4. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 6 years ago
    I woul like to see pictures of the other side and the bottom. Are there any doors or acess to the inside? Could it be some sort of fumigator? I grew up in orange orchards in California and never saw a smudge pot this small or like this.
  5. sologato, 2 years ago
    Its an "icy ball" refrigerator, its missing the ice tray and the wood 'ice box'. a kerosene burner goes under the fluted ball, after its hot you turn off the heat and the other ball gets cold.
  6. sologato, 2 years ago
    note; it should have an ammonia mix in it- careful
  7. oktreedude oktreedude, 2 days ago
    So much for being a orchard heater. Thanks sologato for a definite confirmation. I have seen one and did not know what I had seen.
  8. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 2 days ago

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