COMBINED ENGINE-HOUSE AND FIRE ENGINE HEATER.
THE combined engine-house and fire engine heater illustrated herewith is manufactured by the Silsby Manufacturing Company of Seneca Falls, N. Y., and is designed not only for keeping steam in the boiler of the fire engine, as is done by the well-known Silsby heater, so widely used, but also simultaneously, by means of suitable pipes and radiators, for heating the entire engine-house, accomplishing this result with but one fire, and consequently effecting a great saving in fuel.
For the new apparatus the great advantages claimed by the makers are that it requires attention not oftener than once in twelve hours, and in moderate weather will run twenty-four hours without looking after ; that it is absolutely automatic in its workings, and that any desired pressure may be carried either in the engine or the heating part connected with the radiators. Either coal or coke may be used as fuel, or the heater can be specially fitted for burning natural gas. In warm weather the radiators may be entirely shut off. the two parts of the heater connected, and the whole heating surface thus utilized for keeping up steam in the engine boiler, with a minimum consumption of fuel.
The heater is supplied with the appurtenances required to attach it to the engine, consisting of nickel-plated pipes and globe valves to go on the boiler, and automatic stop-valves and slip-joints, with pipes, to connect this with the heater, together with all the necessary brackets, braces, rods, etc., and a wrench for two-way cocks.
The cuts show the apparatus complete, and the manner in which it is placed in the house, and connected with the steamer and radiators in order to perform the double duty for which it is intended.