Re: Reefers: Heaters

Nelson Moyer

According to Jeff Wilson's book, "Produce Traffic and Trains", charcoal heaters were replaced with alcohol heaters in the 1940. Alcohol heaters were thermostatically controlled and had a pilot light, so that it was not necessary to remove and replace them with temperature variations as with the older charcoal heaters. From photos In the book, it looks like the alcohol heaters were smaller and lighter than charcoal heaters. A side bar on alcohol heaters shows a photo of the Preco version of an alcohol heater.

Nelson Moyer

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Walter
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 7:57 AM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Reefers: Heaters


What type heaters are you referring to? I would guess during this groups time frame charcoal heaters would have been the norm. FWIW I never ran across a charcoal heater installed the way you described.

Lenny Ohrnell

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