Paul_RK wrote:A workshop's a pipedream for when I've disposed of enough radios and other impediments, but we've Champions in four rooms of the house and a 1960-ish Belling Classic cooker in the kitchen for when the Rayburn isn't hot enough to cook. These two are in my main haunt, a 250 watt No.79 that's close by my knees on merely chilly days like today, and a 750/1500/2250 watt No.83A for when it's cold, colder or practically Arctic.
Cathovisor wrote:The 250W 'Handy Heater' I have may yet do service in my airing cupboard since the central heating did away with the hot water cylinder - they were only ever intended for small spaces, like outside loos. There's the small matter of the asbestos-insulated internal wiring to attend to though!
Jamie wrote:... but I can't see how 250W would do anything but heat itself...?
Paul_RK wrote:Jamie wrote:... but I can't see how 250W would do anything but heat itself...?
I'm not sure of my ability to tell them apart, but isn't yours a 91A rather than a 92A? In which case the 79 delivers two-thirds of the heat of yours on low. It's smaller, and I confess I was surprised when I discovered its rating, I would have guessed 400-500W from experiencing its output. It wouldn't do much for the room, but placed beside a favourite chair it makes a welcome difference.
About the rarest of the Champions seems to be the 79A, and I can see why: for quite a premium over the price of the 79, it has a bulb, which admittedly is a welcome feature, and a switch to halve the heat, i.e. to 125W. That sounds pretty meagre even to me.
Cathovisor wrote:There's the small matter of the asbestos-insulated internal wiring to attend to though!
Jamie wrote:Yes paul, I was referring to the much smaller Belling "Handy Heater" which outputs 250W not the champion which is 750W.
Jamie wrote:Surprised they didn't put the boiler in the airing cupboard? They did ours 18 years ago... Mind you it's on an outside wall I guess most peoples arent.
hamid_1 wrote:Some nice vintage Belling heaters there ...
I also have a vintage 250 watt Belling Handy Heater which comes out occasionally. I bought it from a secondhand shop in White City, London (just around the corner from the BBC Television Centre) in 1993 - it was very old, even then.
That's the same as mine, although mine is slightly later with rocker switches. I did have one of those as illustrated too, but the asbestos internal wiring put me off it...hamid_1 wrote:My parents have a vintage Belling Zephyr heater which they bought more than 50 years ago. It's still in regular use. Some pictures here: http://www.modip.ac.uk/artefact/aibdc-02551
In their Wartime catalogue for 1941-42, Belling make great virtue of the fact that doing just what your grandfather did was akin to central heating - "One in the hall keeps the whole house warm"hamid_1 wrote:My grandfather had the Belling Champion 2.2KW cylinder heater as well. He used to place it at the bottom of the stairs, allowing the heat to rise upwards. It was powerful enough to keep all of the upstairs part of his house off the chill, but greedy on electricity.
hamid_1 wrote:As for the Belling fireclay heaters, they used to turn up regularly at the dump, in various states of decrepitude. One of the guys who worked at the dump rescued a vintage Belling fireclay heater that was in reasonably good condition, took it home with him and used it. Those heaters were cheap to buy and must have sold in large numbers. But bear in mind the safety risks. If clothes, curtains, paper or some plastic objects come into contact with the glowing element, they can catch fire. You can easily burn yourself too - Be careful. The cylindrical Champion convector models are a lot safer in that respect.
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