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What is this? It looks like a miniature water tower

Posted by pilot172m (My Page) on
Mon, Sep 1, 08 at 20:29

Does anyone know what this is? It looks like a miniature water tower. It is about 3 ft tall, on 3 legs, has a lid, and the logo "Jamesway" stamped on it. It is metal and the words "use distillate no. 1 furnace oil" is written on the side. I'm trying to figure out how to put a picture on this forum..sorry, I'm new at this


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RE: What is this? It looks like a miniature water tower

Go to photobucket and follow their instructions for storing and sending pictures.....you really NEED to include a pic of this duzzy! I can hardly wait to see what it looks like!


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RE: What is this? It looks like a miniature water tower

Hi pilot172m,

See Posting pics

Before #1 on the instructions, you will need to first open a Photobucket (Free) account and upload your pics there.

There are numerous others places to upload them to also, but I use Photobucket.

Sue


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water tower pics (Ihope!)

Photobucket

I hope this picture works. Thanks for your help!


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RE: What is this? It looks like a miniature water tower

I'm guessing it's a gravity-feed fuel reservoir for some device that burned "no. 1 furnace oil".
Casey


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RE: What is this? It looks like a miniature water tower

Or perhaps part of a gravity feed milk separator.


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RE: What is this? It looks like a miniature water tower

I agree with Casey--a milk separator wouldn't have the imprint about the fuel on it. Jamesway is a well-known farm equipment manufacturer.

Annie


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RE: What is this? It looks like a miniature water tower

Yep, I've seen the old Jamesway chicken brooders, and I think they're still in business. Is that a threaded spigot on the underside? If it is, it would point even more strongly toward a fuel resevoir. Does it have 'guts' or is it empty inside?


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RE: What is this? It looks like a miniature water tower

Duh....I didn't read that it says to "use distillate #1 furnace oil"...
LOL! Likely NOT a milk separator!!
Linda C


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RE: What is this? It looks like a miniature water tower

There are no "guts", it is a threaded spigot and it has a lid. I was thinking of using it to put flowers in around my landscape. I e-mailed the Jamesway company, but they couldn't help. The answer was that Jamesway sold out in the 60's. So...maybe a fuel reservoir for a chicken brooder? You guys are AWESOME! thanks for all the response.


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RE: What is this? It looks like a miniature water tower

It's a gravity fed furnace oil reservoir. Mine has a glassfilter on the bottom with a spigot and petcock.


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RE: What is this? It looks like a miniature water tower

I hazard a guess that it is a fuel reservoir for a chicken brooder or an incubator. Those used kerosene or #1 fuel oil. It is too small for furnace service. You'd have to refill it too often.

The preferred heat source for an incubator was electricity. However, before 1940, many farms did not have electricity, so designs for kerosene and fuel oil were made. The tricky part was using fuel without harming the chicks (or the operator) by carbon monoxide poisoning.


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