The Amish have long been known for their exquisite crafting abilities, so it’s no wonder that the mantles built for Amish heaters would be popular with consumers in the current economic market, especially with winter approaching just around the corner. Several competing companies offer the Amish heaters at reasonable retail rates. However, it is necessary to note that the Amish do not make the “heater”, but rather the mantle in which the heater rests. The inserts for the mantles may be purchased separately from various vendors or with the mantle as a package.
Each mantle produced by the Amish features excellent craftsmanship and exquisitely simple designs and come in a variety of finishes. The mantles are constructed with whole planks of quality hardwoods such as cherry, maple, and oak. The Amish heaters, which feature ambient heat and life-like frames are constructed from various countries, including China. While advertisements may elude to the heater as being more efficient than a space heater, the use of electric ambient heat is the same as in any space heater. As gas has a lower price per unit than electricity, the claim of gargantuan savings is one to be taken with a grain of salt. The Amish heaters are only cost savers if they are the lone source of heat in the home or the home uses a separate source of fuel other than gas as a comparison. As the heaters can only heat a small portion of a home at once, that means only one room at any given time will benefit from the heat source.The heaters do, however, get the job done and do use less energy than most full sized electric heaters or furnaces.
Model Of Amish Heaters
Heat Surge features many models of Amish heaters. The Roll-n-Glow, one of the most popular models available, features a beautiful Amish made wood mantle and integrated castor design The model is UL approved and has two heat settings: 750 Watts and 1500 Watts. The BTU output is 2303 BTU’s and 4606 BTU’s respectively. The size of room for the standard setting the unit can heat comfortably is 12×13. High heat can comfortably heat a room measuring 18×18. The general dimensions of this model is 31.875 w by 25.5 h by 11.875 d. With a standard one year warranty and an optional warranty of two years plus a 30 day money back guarantee, Amish heaters can deliver the heat you seek at around $300-$500 depending on the retailer.
There are pros and cons to the Heat Surge Roll-n-Glow. The pros of owning a Heat Surge heater include the appearance of a real fireplace which simulates flames using two light bulbs situated behind the logs. The flames are as realistic as it gets in terms of simulation heat modules. The Roll-n-Glow heater is portable; and the heater can be controlled via remote. The cons are that the heater has no thermostat, can trip circuit breakers, and is on the pricier end in costs for Amish heaters similar in nature. However, even a microwave can trip a breaker if there is too much plugged into a single breaker at any given time.
Amish heaters are available in a variety of styles and sizes. The Roll-n-Glow Heat Surge heater is but one such model. Also available are the Heat Surge HT, HT Media Center, Scratch and Dent Curio, Scratch and Dent accent, and the Scratch and Dent Roll-n-Glow. Each model is similar in design and work from the same premise as the Roll-n-Glow. Some offer shelving in the mantle and others feature entertainment opportunities. A couple are even space saving and are built on a more horizontal format than a vertical plane.
The most prominent difference in the models of Amish heaters seem to come in compatibility of space the owner has for such a heater. Those who struggle with finding room are better suited to one of the models that has either a horizontal design or one of the models with build in shelving. Those who have wide open spaces may prefer the more vertical models. All heaters feature similar amenities and are cool to the touch during operation.
The Amish heater is an excellent source of heating homes during winter months and can help in reducing heating cost when used within the parameters of the manufacturer’s instructions. The heaters are UL approved, meaning that the heaters are operating at a high level of safety. In addition, some models are approved for Good Housekeeping, making them a smart consumer purchase with winter waiting in the bend. With the beauty of the Amish mantles and the warmth of ambient heat in gently simulated flames, consumers can be assured of a quality product when choosing the Amish heaters for their homes. The portability of Amish heaters make them a great gift for any homeowner, as well, as the season progresses.