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WE HAVE A PARADE TONIGHT AND I WOULD LIKE TO USE A SLEIGH HEATER I HAVE. HOW DO I HEAT THE CHARCOAL BRICK THAT GOES IN THE HEATER. LAST YEAR IT DIDN'T STAY HOT FOR LONG AND MY WIFE'S FEET GOT TOO COLD FOR HER AND I WANT HER TO BE COMFORTABLE SO SHE WILL CONTINUE GOING ON RIDES WITH ME IN THE "24 TOURING.

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Mike--

Just wondering . . . Did you ignite the charcoal, or just heat it in the oven? If it's not burning, it won't be very hot!

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Since I am too young to remember sleigh heaters, I heated the brick in the oven last year but for only an hour this year I was going to start earlier in the day and heat the brick to 400 for a couple of hours. I was just wondering if someone had a better way of using the sleigh heater.

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The old foot warmers we had were made of a slab of soapstone about 12 x 14 x 1.5 inches thick.. had a wire carrying handle.. we would put it on the cookstove and when we needed it it was hot..Never heard of one made of charcoal as I doubt that would retain much heat..

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This heater brick is black and 4"x12"x2" and it fits in a drawer of the heater. I am guessing it is charcoal. but heating on stove top instead of in the oven sounds more efficient.

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If you scrape it with a pocket knife it should be a greyish white color and it will be quite soft.. Soapstone is used to mark steel etc as it is somthing like chalk..retains a lot of heat though..

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Instead of heating rocks and bricks, do like the old days and bake some potatoes. When they get cool enough, you EAT THEM. No muss, no fuss, they're cheap, light, and very nutritious.

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Wish I would have thought of the potatoes, since I have an engine cooker, I really could put on a spread after the parade! Cook the meat while driving and letting mt potatoes cool.

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I like baked potatoes, too, but the charcoal buggy and auto heaters were designed to hold burning charcoal "bricks". An adjustable vent allows air to enter the combustion chamber so the burning charcoal doesn't extinguish itself. For years, the Clarke company produced several models. The design works!

Here is a description taken from an eBay sale:

c.1910 charcoal footwarmer in excellent condition. These were made for horse and buggy and carried over to the horseless carriage. Slide out tray held burning charcoal to keep feet warm. I have had a few of these over the last 40 years but none were anywhere near as nice as this one. Tag reads " No. 11 LEHMAN HEATER mfg. by LEHMAN BROS. NEW YORK". 14" long x 7 1/2" wide x 4 1/2" tall at tallest point.

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Mike, I thought it doesn't get cold in Ca.? You better make sure your fire extinguisher is full if you're going to have burning charcoal in your DB? We don't want to put Profyrfyter on alert.

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The charcoal ones burned charcoal and can be dangerous. There is a better way. Go to your local outdoor sporting goods or hunting store and buy several hand warmers. Dump the charcoal and light up the hand warmers and put them in the foot warmer. This has kept my wife warm for several hours and it is safe. No one will know what your have in your heater.

Jan

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