What’s with radiators coming from hot countries?
Fast forward to the start of the 18th century, it was the turn of Russian engineers to take up the home heating mantle and, faced with months of sub-zero temperatures, they eventually managed to pull together a design for water based central heating. In 1741, some 30 years after Peter the Great had added piped water to his palace home, Benjamin Franklin over in the U.S, created a metal-lined fireplace that transferred more heat to a room than any that had gone before it. This clever design wasn’t entirely new, as something similar was being employed around 100 years before in Germany, but Franklin took it to a different level, creating a system that allowed fuel to burn at a far greater efficiency, with a baffle right behind the fire directing heat and fumes on a longer path. Directing the fire’s exhausts on a longer path meant that you had more time to extract heat from the fumes – the longer it took for the fumes to escape, the longer you benefitted from the heat they gave off. This system stuck around and remained popular for a long time, but over the other side of the pond, something different was heating up.
In England, once the technology for maintaining steam generation became possible, a steady stream of systems making use of steam heating began to appear. The idea had first been proposed at the end of the 18th century by a chap named William Cook, but didn’t actually become a reality till steam engine pioneers Matthew Boulton and James Watt had steam heating systems installed in their own properties in the 1790’s – at the time, Watt even attempted a primitive radiator, constructed from soldered copper sheeting. Steam heating progressed slowly at first, being confined to heating a few mills and factories in England. In the USA, a number of steam systems were installed after 1810 that used exhaust steam from a high-pressure steam engine – effectively making them free to use. These found their way into a number of large buildings, including the White House and The Capitol Building in Washington, DC. Residential steam systems didn’t begin to take hold until the late 1840’s when a Connecticut stove maker, Stephen Gold began experimenting with steam and the first ‘radiators’ began to make an impression.
Who are we to wonder why any other countries are supplying radiators? Great form & functionality in the heating product marketplace is something that we all desire. One just has to sniff out the best. So, in a competitive heating market, Eskimo celebrate our global love of designing and making radiators. We still design & make the World’s best radiators and towel warmers of-course, but there’s plenty of room for everyone else, after all, us humans love choice. That’s why radiators come from hot countries too.