Chip heater

Historical past

The chip heater is embedded in Australian and New Zealand social record as quite a few people can try to remember applying one particular or an individual who had one particular. The specific record of the chip heater is unclear.

The initial notion undoubtedly ought to be derived from vertical steam boilers. Professor Miles Lewis notes that he ‘instantaneous drinking water heaters’, which had been staying marketed by Douglas & Sons of Melbourne by 1888 had been in all probability of this form. In 1892 the Melbourne iron founder Angus McLean was marketing as the sole proprietor and producer (presumably for Victoria) of Fischer’s Patent Bath Heater, which could be heated with wood in three minutes at the expense of one particular farthing.

Catalogues from the National Radiator Enterprise (Hull, United Kingdom) from 1913 and 1919 which had been promoted in Australia do not show chip heaters suggesting that the chip heater was area innovation.


The chip heater was incredibly very similar to the gasoline and kerosene powered eyser sizzling drinking water heaters preferred in Australian suburban residences from the 1920s. The primary change was the gasoline source. The Australian producer etters provided gasoline geysers for town customers with access to gasoline and chip heaters for nation customers.


There had been a range of suppliers and models. In accordance to Professor Miles Lewis the early twentieth century models involved the Royal, Very little Hero, Silver Ace, Kangaroo, Empire and Very little Speculate. Peter Wooden remembers a orrens brand name staying preferred in Adelaide.

The Australian producer etters have a wide range of chip heaters in their 1936 catalogue like oil and kerosene powered chip heaters as well as 4 types of chip heater. Metters claimed a flow of 2 gallons of ery sizzling drinking water for every minute.


Archer, John, 1998, Your property: the inside tale of the Australian dwelling, Port Melbourne, Lothian.

Metters Ltd 1936 Metters’ bathtub heater and sizzling drinking water service : sectional catalogue, Metters Ltd.

Oliver, Julie. The Australian property wonderful: from Hills hoist to substantial increase, McMahon’s Position, N.S.W. Residence Gorgeous, 1999.

Postings on the NSW Heritage Workplace Heritage Advisors Discussion Team by Peter Benkendorff, David Beauchamp, Susan Duyker, Elizabeth Roberts and Peter Woods, April 2007.

Publishing on Engineering Heritage discussion team by Professor Miles Lewis 26/04/2007

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