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bean12182

10:10PM | 01/31/06
Member Since: 01/31/06
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I hope the picture will attach - I own a Circa 1920 atrs & crafts house and the original gas fireplace unit is in place - the front has a row of carved-out tubes made of a porous material that is heated by the gas jets at the base - they almost feel like pumice stone, and crumble easily. I need to replace hte crumbled ones and can find NOTHING about them, but this EBAY pic of a very similar unit has two of them pictured. Any ideas, anyone??? Thanks!

soupy1

07:00AM | 02/27/06
Member Since: 02/26/06
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hi there

The things are called radiants. They are made out of ceramic. I couldn't see a pic of your heater. Is it a Humphrey? Which model number do you have? I love these things and have bought three wrecked up ones recently. Dearborn Heater sells radiants but I have seen on the net that some people have not had a good experience with them. Check it out at: http://dearbornheater.com/RADIANTS.htm

send me a pic of yours please! I love them, I don't know why. Thanks.

bean12182

05:43AM | 02/28/06
Member Since: 01/31/06
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Thanks for the info! I have to check the unit to see which model it is. I too have a real fondness for these things - they are very deco/arts & crafts and are so unusual. The radiants Dearborn sells look just like the ones I need - I have to check which size. I really appreciate your help. I tried to buy a Humphrey unit off ebay just to salvage their radiants but was outbid. I just bought an interesting late 1800's french enamel coal-burning radiant heater, about the same size as the gas one - really neat, bright green enamel over cast iron. Thanks again!

soupy1

05:54AM | 02/28/06
Member Since: 02/26/06
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Hey, you are so welcome! This is very cool. I am hooked on Humphreys now, after the one that was supposed to come with our house was taken by the previous owners. I have been searching and have found 3 (!!) just in the last few weeks here in Toronto. I was too nervous to buy any from eBay, (shipping from the States, wasn't sure how accurate the photos were, didn't know how much they were really worth) but find it a fab source to see the different models. colours, etc. I am guessing yours is a No 20. I have one too. I did see a green enamel No 20 on eBay some time ago, but I think you said your green one is not a Humphrey. It sounds wonderful. What I really need to see is a No 30, and where its brass or copper is. I just bought a No 30 for $25 but it is all painted black, so I want to see where to strip it to uncover the gorgeous brass (or copperwork). They are so quaint! I don't have any radiants. Send pics of the heaters if you want! I'll send a pic of mine if you want but actually I don't see how to attach anything with this Bob Vila thing.
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