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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 11:09:54 AM on 14 November 2016.
Vintage Pete's avatar
 Location: Albury, NSW
 Member since 1 May 2016
 Member #: 1919
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Hello All , No its not a Radio or a TV, But it is one of my pride and joys and my daughter who is only 2 has pulled all the Wire off the heating Element and I have been to a few eletronic shops trying to buy element wire for it and they just shake their heads so I thought someone here may have some or know where I can get some.

These heaters are very rare in Australia and sell for huge amounts in oz. So its rare Item and I need to repair it. Any ideas or thoughts on the wire would be appreciated. PS if I have broken any Rules on this site asking this question about my heater let me know and will remove the post.

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 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 2:59:02 PM on 14 November 2016.
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 Location: NSW
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Might be worthwhile contacting this bloke to see if he can make one up for you.


 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 3:49:31 PM on 14 November 2016.
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 Location: Albury, NSW
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Thanks I will check that out ,,,Hard to find that wire now ,It use t be everywhere years ago..Thanks Pete

 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 4:05:20 PM on 14 November 2016.
Brad's avatar
 Location: Greenwich, NSW
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Just to clarify, no rules have been broken. Wink

Questions and discussions on any vintage appliance are welcome. That is a beehive heater and yes they are rare, and even rarer in that style. They don't usually come with the red frame around the reflector. On the rarest occasions you'll bump into one with two elements on the reflector.

Some antique shops sell heaters that are rusty or smashed though the element wire is intact. If the first lead comes to nothing it may be worth scrounging. Element wire could also be obtained from an old Speedie heater with the quartz rod elements but you would have to be sure that the element wire is not too long - you wouldn't be able to shorten it as it'd lower the resistance and lead to premature failure. The wire also has to be tensioned so that the coil doesn't come into contact with itself along its length.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 4:33:26 PM on 14 November 2016.
Vintage Pete's avatar
 Location: Albury, NSW
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 Member #: 1919
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Hi Brad ,, Thanks I didn't want to upset the apple Cart ,but I'm trying to fix my heater,,Their rare and costly yes ,Im a 50s collector ,Pink Salmond is very rare , I had a brown one to years ago and it sold for $800, This one is not for sale , I also have the UFO Heater on three legs in the same colour & comes complete with flashing red landing lights ,,Ohhhhhhhh The 50s must of been a fun time ,,,Thanks for your help Brad>>>>pete

 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 7:04:30 PM on 14 November 2016.
GTC's avatar
 Location: Sydney, NSW
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Here are some of the other colours:


If it's quite valuable, I'd be inclined to leave it as is rather than risk damaging it.

The 50s must have been a fun time

They were, as long as you avoided polio. A number of kids I went to school with back then wore leg braces.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 7:48:55 PM on 14 November 2016.
Vintage Pete's avatar
 Location: Albury, NSW
 Member since 1 May 2016
 Member #: 1919
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Hi GTC,, Yes they came in many colours , But this colour is most sought after, I will fix it ,because we still use it , I have old movie nights on the old TVs and the heater gets switch on too ,,,,Great fun,,!!!!!!! Yes your right about Polio it was a Rotten thing to catch ,

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