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 Posted: Thu Aug 11th, 2011 08:30 pm
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Brent Rowell
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Thought some of you might enjoy seeing these clips:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50AeuE_dcE4

This ring gear type was made only for one or two years around 1909. The next model was cheapened considerably with a much smaller motor and 20-inch aluminum blades. Available with iron tripod or steel cannister bases, these became the most popular of all Jost fans:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDMhGahDnXc&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

These are hard to find with useable original aluminum blades and many restorers have replaced them with brass.

For one of the strangest fans of all, take a look at the Carette "bicycle wheel" fan--note that the aluminum blade set turns together with the cast iron "tire" which acts as the engine's flywheel:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCdHsSSF8Vw

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 Posted: Thu Aug 11th, 2011 10:43 pm
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Those are absolutely terrific! Thanks for posting them. The early Jost is particularly stunning.

Georges Carette was a major manufacturer of small "Puck" style phonographs -- elegant but very basic little instruments. I had no idea he also made Stirling engine fans.

Fascinating.

Last edited on Thu Aug 11th, 2011 10:44 pm by René Rondeau

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 Posted: Sat Aug 13th, 2011 01:33 am
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Thanks Rene. Carette also made toy steam and stirling engines which I also collect.

Going back even a little earlier, here's Jost's single cylinder (beta configuration) belt driven hot air fan from 1903:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtTNYiuS3iU

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 Posted: Sat Aug 13th, 2011 01:51 am
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Brent, those are wonderful hot air fans. I had not known about the last one you posted the video on. I like it or the late model best I think. Are the videos of your fans? I was contemplating buying a later Jost but thought better of that as I have no extra floor space to place it.

I do have a 16" Model A Lake Breeze which needs a minor repair after the burner blew up in Terry Fisher's face at Fanfair a few years ago. Terry recovered but I don't think he would want to get near my fan again.

Here's a really good looking and running Sterling engine.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFu4LVifp_A&feature=related

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 Posted: Sat Aug 13th, 2011 05:46 pm
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Thanks for your comments. Yes those are my fans.

Those Lake Breeze model A's used an alcohol burner that has to be properly vented and not overfilled, otherwise they can...you know. Same thing can happen if you use alcohol in a kerosene lamps.

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 Posted: Sat Aug 13th, 2011 05:56 pm
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Brent Rowell wrote:
Thanks for your comments. Yes those are my fans.

Those Lake Breeze model A's used an alcohol burner that has to be properly vented and not overfilled

It was the lack of a proper vent that caused it to go PHOOSHBAM.
I had bought some small brass tubing to replace the missing vent tubing in the burner but had not installed it yet. The burner holds more volume now than before the explosion. The fan worked well however.

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 Posted: Sat Aug 13th, 2011 10:48 pm
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Brent,

I sure do like to watch those videos.  As beautiful as they are rare.  The best of hot air fans and your restorations are spectacular!

Thanks for the video links.

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 Posted: Sun Aug 14th, 2011 02:31 pm
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Thank you for your comments. I'll try to make a video of the overhead fan a little later this year.

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 Posted: Mon Aug 15th, 2011 02:23 am
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Brent, I sent you a PM

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 Posted: Mon Aug 15th, 2011 06:06 am
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René Rondeau wrote:

Georges Carette was a major manufacturer of small "Puck" style phonographs -- elegant but very basic little instruments. I had no idea he also made Stirling engine fans.

Here's a super nice and early Carette sterling engine.

More photos of the engine-
http://www.stirlingsouth.com/Roy/itasca99/richard/24th_annual.htm

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 Posted: Mon Aug 15th, 2011 07:15 am
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Terry Fisher hooks up with Jost. He's known all the way to India

"Buying Leads:Buy Radio Fan [India]
We are interested in buying old Terry Fischer Jost Kerosine Fan. If you have please quote your best rates for working fans. Contact Name: Mr francis augustine Company: Cintra Address: 35 / 1764 A, Janatha Rd. Palarivattom Country/Region: India Telephone: 91-484-2331006 Fax: 91-484-2331006 Email:augustinefx@yahoo.co.in"


Here's the link where I saw the quote above.
http://alibaba-usa.net/buylead/html/200633093500.html

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 Posted: Mon Aug 15th, 2011 04:27 pm
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Wow.....did not know about that.  I wonder where he saw my Jost fan because the hot air fan videos I made for the Galleries do not have my name attached to them.

Very  i n t e r s t i n g. Must be another Terry Fisher since he spelled my name using a "c".:D:D:D:D:D:dude: 

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 Posted: Mon Aug 15th, 2011 04:31 pm
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Hey Brent......
"an alcohol burner that has to be properly vented and not overfilled, otherwise they can...you know." . . . . . . At the Fort Worth Fan Fair Steve Stephens found out the hard way about proper venting.

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 Posted: Wed Aug 17th, 2011 11:42 pm
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Here's the source which every Indian dealer seems to have studied and source for the "Terry Fisher" fan:

http://collectibles.about.com/od/miscellany/ig/Jost-Electric-Fan/

They conclude that every hot air fan, regardless of condition, completeness, running or not, real or fake, must be worth thousands of dollars. Also, according to some of them, items shown in sale listing photos need not represent the items actually shipped to the buyer. Don't ask me how I know this.

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Hello BrentAre any of theses for sale? 
Bob

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