Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Harry's Electric Heater Collection & My New Heater

My dad got mad at the gas company for always charging so much (of course, he'd have his thermostat set at 78 at least). He also got mad about the estimated gas bills and would go down himself to figure out what he actually used and recalculate his bill, then send in just that amount.

Dad's solution to his high gas bills was to buy electric heaters and use those instead. He thought his electric bill was still cheaper than his gas bill would have been--I really don't know if it was or not. Fortunately, he didn't have any problem with them, even though he had many hooked up with extension cords all over the place!

top row: bedroom, living room (actually he had 3 in the living room)
middle row: dining room (2 in the dining room), kitchen,
bottom: and, of course, the cats upstairs got a couple as well
(Not all his heaters are pictured. He also had one on the porch by the Kitty Hotel and one in the basement and in his back "storage" room off of the dining room)

After he died, I collected them all and he had a total of nine. I sold some, donated several to Kitten Krazy and gave one to one of my nephews. They always made me nervous because every now and then I'd hear about a fire in a home that started because of an electric heater being too close to something that caught on fire but now here I am buying one.

Therefore, on September 4, I thought of my dad when I read a full-page article in the CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER telling about a special 48-hour promotion where you can get 2 free heaters--the cost is for the handmade mantle, which I know dad would have made himself and just got the free heaters! It said it rolls anywhere with no chimney, no vents, no wood and no smoke. I purchased one Heat Surge Fireless Flame heater to save money on my gas bills this winter. It looks like a fireplace that comes fully assembled with a handmade Amish mantle in oak or cherry. All I need to do is plug it in.

I only purchased one because I figure we are usually in one room at a time in the winter and we could put it in the bedroom at night with the thermostat turned way down. I couldn't help thinking if my dad saw it, he'd probably order 6! One for every room. I think he'd be proud of me for purchasing this so I'm using some of the money we got from the sale of his house. It works great and we like it! You can check out their website at to order or for further information.


Danny Thornton said...

Karen, I have seen a lot of collection over the time, but I do not think I have seen one like this one.

Mountain Woman said...

Wow, that's a lot of space heaters. I think I'd be scared to have so many plugged in at once. Here in Vermont, electricity is very costly so I don't think many people could afford to run that many space heaters.
I have a space heater like the one you just purchased and I love it. It gives me the feeling of having a fireplace in the bedroom.

Sue said...

I'm scared of space heaters too. My mother-in-law got one of those new fancy fireplace ones like you just got. She got it last year at Christmas time, and it seems to work pretty good. And I think they are a lot safer. Enjoy your new "fireplace."

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

Thanks for sharing your experiences with this heater. You have reassured me and I feel better now. I was planning to use it in our bedroom in the winter; however, when I read the directions it said not to put it on thick carpeting. Do you have yours on carpeting? My bedroom carpet is not real thick but it's more than just a thin rug too.

Chris Pugh said...

Thanks for your feedback about our Heat Surge fireplace.

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Chris Pugh
Heat Surge

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