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SAD IRON HEATER WICKS, 3 5/8" and 4" wide, 8" long

Miles Stair

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SAD IRON HEATER WICKS, 3 5/8" and 4" wide, 8" long

From the early 1880's through the 1890's, Myers Osborn & Co of Cleveland, Ohio (as well as many regional foundries) made some very useful little cast iron stoves.  These stoves were made in one wick, two wick and three wick models.  All had a large mica window in the front, so they provided light as well as heat.  All of the models had a sturdy cast iron handle in the back so they could be easily carried.   

In England, the Beatrice Foundry improved on the "sad iron" concept with extremely useful "boiling stoves."

The utility of sad iron stoves was limited only by the imagination of the user.   They could boil water, heat a sad iron to iron clothes, or be used as a carriage heater - while providing some light.

One unique feature of sad iron stoves was the unusual wick - wide and long, usually 3 5/8" to 4" wide and 8" long.  These wicks have not been available in North America in over 60 years, but that dearth is now over!  Hattersley in England made dense weave 3 5/8" and 4" wide sad iron wicks especially for me, and they are available now.

To know the width wick you need, measure the width of the slot for the wick.  About half of the sad irons made use a 3 5/8'’ wide wick, the other half use a 4'’ wide wick.