The Lilor brand included this Model 4062 radiant heater which is in Neil McRae’s collection. This heater is missing the wire guard. It includes a built-in pressure gauge but requires a separate pump. It can also be pivoted for wall mounting which necessitates the flexible external fuel tubing.
Kerona, a New Zealand company, likely made this radiant heater which is also stamped Lilor, a French company that probably made the upper heater parts for Kerona (Neil McRae). The heater is in Dane Gernecke’s collection in New Zealand. The heater is missing the cap to the silent burner.
The A.J. Lindemann & Hoverson Co., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, made this Model 60 gasoline fueled heater in their Kerogas brand. Mike Loizzo, whose collection this is in, believes this model dates to the late 1920’s. The heater core (right image) slides out for fueling and maintenance. The fuel filler cap is the large knob in the lower center of that image.
National Stamping & Electric Works, Chicago, IL, made this No 1 heater which was a variation of their early one-burner stove models in the 1920’s. George Rocen, whose collection this is in, made a replacement bail that is close to the shape and size of the original.
Aktiebolaget Optimus, Upplands Väsby, Sweden, made this Model 703F radiant heater. The reflector was available in polished brass as well as nickel plated brass as seen here (hence the F designation in the model number). The fount holds four pints of kerosene for the silent burner on this appliance. This heater is in Christer Carlsson’s collection.
The Prentiss-Wabers Products Co. included this Model 461 instant lighting water heater in their 1938 catalog. The base of the water heater was a utility heater, comparable to a Coleman Handy Gas Plant, with 6 1/2″ slotted burner head, one gallon fuel tank, combination fuel and pressure gauge, and dedicated pump. Water enters and leaves the heater through port on the lower left and top of the unit (upper left image). The coils are 15′ of 3/4″ copper tubing. John Rugotzke, whose collection this is in, used a wood block to raise the copper coils to the correct position (upper right image).
Aktiebolaget Radius, Stockholm, Sweden, made this Model 33 large fount radiant heater.
This unfired appliance, in Bo Ryman’s collection includes the wire guard.
Sievert of Sweden made this Model 35 SVEA heater, that uses the tank and burner from a tripod stove. This heater, in Bo Rymans’ collection, is of unknown age.
This Tilley R1 Model radiator dates to perhaps 1928. The knob (right image) is a tip cleaner; there is no valve knob on this early version of this model. This early radiator, in Neil McRae’s collection, has not been restored.
Tilley made a number of radiator models in the UK. This Model R1 dates to the late 1930’s. It is the only R1 finished in chrome plating on the fount that Neil McRae, whose collection this is in, has seen.
Tilley Model R1 radiator was manufactured in several versions after WWII. The pre-1950 version (left) had a copper reflector and brass fount. The wire guard on this was home-made. The 1950-54 version (right) has the painted fount, plated reflector, and retains the wooden handle (see insets in both images). These radiators are in Steven Lucas’s collection.
By 1954-56 (right) Tilley stamped “Tilley England” on the side of the R1 fount. Note the handle (inset) is flat metal. Lastly an R1A dated Dec. ’61, with all chrome-plated metal parts, and a plastic grip on the metal handle. These radiators are also in Steven Lucas’s collection.
This Model R2 dates to the 1930’s. It has a 2.5 Imperial pint brass fount to supply fuel to the two burners. This radiator is in Jeff Johnson’s collection.
Model R22 is another two burner model radiator. This model replaced the R2 (above) in the early 30’s and was replaced by the R46 (below) in 1946. This one is post 1940 based on the valve units; it is in Neil McRae’s collection.
Another Tilley radiator, this is Model R46. This working heater is in Steven Lucas’ collection. Steven repolished the front brass panel and repainted the side panels in this post WWII two-burner model.
Tilley radiator Model RH57 came in a variety of colors including black and green. The fount on this one, in Neil McRae’s collection is a pale gray. Model RH57 dates to the late 1950’s and is an upgraded version of the R1 with a stand to help aim the heat and a fancy grill.
Two Tilley Model R55 radiators – dated Dec. 61 (left) and Aug. ’59 (right). The model on the left is seen as new with all the bits/accessories. The mantle is woven asbestos. The draught shield (right image) helps to preheat the vapourizer; access to place/remove the shield is through a hinged loop in the wire guard. A fuel gauge is mounted in the lower front of the fount. The R55 on the left is in Steven Lucas’s collection; the one on the right is in Mike Bullis’ collection.
This Tilley Model HRH2 heater was almost certainly sold only by the A. W. Thacker Co., the US Tilley distributor according to Neil McRae, whose collection this is in. Neil dates this model to the early 1960s, based on the style of the control cocks.
Tilley Model LD1 (left) and LD Mark II (right) leak detectors. A flexible hose, as on the model below, allows the operator to detect a leak of methyl chloride, used as a refrigerant. The burner at the top has a ring of flame that changes color if a leak is present. These are in Neil McRae’s collection.
The Tilley Model LD2, another leak detector, but also functions as a blow lamp to solder the leak. Neil McRae got this leak detector from Australia. This is the only Tilley product/model that does not run on kerosene; it runs on alcohol.
Tito Landi, Paris, France, made this alcohol (spirit) heater that is in Agostino Del Coro’s collection. A small amount of pressure forms as in this Tito Landi lantern. In this heater, several fuel jets are aimed at the burner core (lower image) and generate the pressure to run the heater.
Union Metal Works, Hong Kong, made this kerosene radiant heater in the style of a Tilley but with a “petromax” filler cap/pressure gauge. The pump handle (left rear) is a replacement. This heater is in the Provost/Paradis collection.
This heater was possibly made for the Victorian Railways in Australia, according to Albert White, whose collection this is in. Albert believes it dates to the 1930’s. The heating element is copper. The tank brackets include a provision to hook over the foot rail at the back of the double seat in front; the heater could be slit along the rail to warm either/both seat occupants.
The only marking on this heater-stove combination is Aladdin which appears on the top of the cast iron stove grate. This appliance appears in an undated Australian ad, where it was found, but with no further details of the manufacturer. This appliance, in Logan Bourdon’s collection, has a silent burner.
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