A HOSE-DRIER AT HARRISBURG.
Harrisburg, Pa., has just built a new fire station, the Susquehanna engine house. It is up-to-date in every respect, and, although it was planned to have a hose tower after the orthodox style, it has now no use for one, and it was not built, the authorities having installed in the station a patent hose-drier manufactured by the American Hose-Drier company, of Lebanon, Pa. The use of this apparatus has rendered superfluous not only the tower, but, also, the rack system; even the old method of utilising the sun’s rays for drying purposes has fallen into disuse, and the hose-drier has taken its place. This hosedrier does the work quickly and economically. It is inclosed in a neat case, and at the one end is a blower, which is driven by a gasolene, water or electric motor. This blower forces through the case a strong current of air, which quickly evaporates the moisture and dries the wet hose as it passes over it. Hence, there is no strain upon the base, nor does the rubber lining crack, owing to brazing from its end—evils to which hose dried in towers is always liable, as, under such conditions, it rests in a horizontal position on round galvanised iron bars. This drier, as fixed in fire houses, takes up but little space, and, being upholstered on the top, can be utilised as a seat for the firemen, and thus “contrive a double debt to pay,” at the one cost. It is known as style F, and is only seventeen inches wide by twenty-seven and one-half feet long, with a capacity of 600 feet of hose. Its set of fans is double, and is mounted on ba]l-bearings. The current of air it sets up is very strong. The drier is being adopted in many of the principal fire stations in the United States.
Everybody was highly pleased with the result of test made by the Nott chemical engine built by the Nott Fire Engine company, of Minneapolis, at the time of its delivery in Yankton, S. Dak. This addition to the department will prove of great value.