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Dr. Siemens's Gas-Grate

Nature volume 23, page 145 | Download Citation



HAVING endeavoured for some years past to heat my study by gas appliances, and having utterly failed in obtaining a comfortable temperature of 60°, as a last effort to accomplish my object I had fitted into an ordinary grate Dr. Siemens's arrangement of copper and iron, the construction of which was communicated to the public in the pages of NATURE, vol. xxiii. p. 25. Before giving the results of the trial of Dr. Siemens's gas-grate I may mention in what way my former gas-stoves failed. My first gas-fire consisted of gas and asbestos, but this gave out fumes which were quite intolerable; my second trial was with a gas-stove reflecting heat from a copper lining; this not only failed to warm the room, but was a cheerless and grim apology for a fire, and to obtain even a moderate degree of temperature a constant and expensive consumption of gas was necessary. With Dr. Siemens's gas-grate all that is required to produce a good cheerful fire radiating heat to all parts of the room, and maintaining a temperature from 60° to 62°, is to turn on the gas full for about twenty minutes, and as soon as the lower stratum of coke becomes incandescent, the gas may be quite turned off, the fuel, whether coke or anthracite, continuing to burn for five or six hours without any further expenditure of either gas or fuel.

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