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 Posted: Sat Dec 8th, 2018 03:30 pm
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Allen Bennett
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My wife and I have a log cabin with a vaulted great room that is roughly 18 ft from floor to ceiling.  I'd like some ideas on an antique fan (or two), that I could hang to help move the air down to the floor, particularly in the winter when the warm air gets trapped at the ceiling.  I'm thinking of a very slow fan that could run in reverse, pushing the air up and then down the sloped ceiling. 

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 Posted: Sat Dec 8th, 2018 05:25 pm
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Levi Mevis
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Well one thing's for sure, an Emerson ceiling fan would not be an option for you as they are known to run Fast, Faster and blow your hat off, which means they aren't designed to run slow. 



Also ceiling fans prior to the 1960s weren't reversable they only ran in one direction, clockwise or counter clockwise, depending on the fan's make and model. 


In order to change the air flow on ceiling fans prior to the 1960s when they came up with the reversable ceiling fan, you had to change the blades out, if you wanted the ceiling fan to circulate the warm air down from the ceiling in the winter you would install specially pitched blades that would allow the ceiling fan to move warm air from the ceiling down to the ground and if you wanted to circulate the cooler air from the ground around the room or cool off the room in the summer you would install standard pitched ceiling fan blades. 



But seeing as pre-1960s ceiling fans are extremely rare currently and even rarer are they with their original blades, its even rarer to find the special air-flow changing blades for them as most of the time when people bought ceiling fans back then they usually just bought the standard blades and just used the ceiling fans in the summer time and in the winter time they just depended on gravity to heat the place (e.g. gravity heating systems aka octopus furnaces, or steam or hotwater heat.)

Hope this helps. 

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 Posted: Sat Dec 8th, 2018 05:46 pm
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Hate to disagree Levi, but Emerson had reversible ceiling fans in the 30s as did Hunter. I own a number of them. Emerson had reversible with their long nose fans & later on their round nose fans. The nice thing on the round nose, they were reversed with a pull chain switch.
The Hunters had the adjustable models which are pretty scarce, but later on the Adapt-airs which are plentiful.

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 Posted: Sat Dec 8th, 2018 05:55 pm
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Levi Mevis
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Yes, but that was just Hunter and Emerson and that was only on a couple of models that they made and not all of them, so the swapping of the blades still applied to the majority of fans made prior to the 1960s.

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 Posted: Sat Dec 8th, 2018 05:56 pm
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Sorry, I thought you said none had that & only ran one direction prior to 1960?

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 Posted: Sat Dec 8th, 2018 06:13 pm
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I did, but that's because I didn't know that there were companies that made reversable fans prior to the 1960s because the majority of pre 1960s ceiling fans I've seen on here WERE of the non-reverseable variety, so because of that I just assumed that reverseable fans was a fairly modern innovation from within the past 60 years or so.
You can't blame a guy for making an assumption based on what shows up on the forum the majority of the time in terms of antique ceiling fans.

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 Posted: Sat Dec 8th, 2018 06:47 pm
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Allen if you are looking for an antique or vintage ceiling fan, contact Tom Dreesen in Baton Rouge. He has a lot of ceiling fans for sale.

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 Posted: Sat Dec 8th, 2018 07:11 pm
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Allen Bennett
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Thanks Stan. I’ll do that. 

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 Posted: Sat Dec 8th, 2018 09:44 pm
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Hunter-Tuerk models A-H had reversible blades. That goes from 1898-1925.
The round nose Emerson’s were nice fans. That early Hunter had the infinitely variable pitch blades from full up to full downdraft by moving a lever on the fan oil cup.

As for speeds all will run fine on a rheostat.

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My 1908 Tuerk is reversible, as is my 1927 electrically reversible longnose.

I have almost all my fans on rheostats, work great. I keep one of my living room hunters reversed and one downdraft and put them down to “aesthetic low.” And it destratifies air perfectly on a high ceiling.

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Belt driven ceiling fans are pretty cool...

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 Posted: Mon Dec 10th, 2018 03:07 pm
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A Hunter Original (from whichever year) is always a safe choice.

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 Posted: Tue Dec 11th, 2018 02:07 am
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Allen,

I have a few options for you.  All can be put on a solid state fan rated control for slow speed (which I will supply).  I have an electrically reversible Emerson longnose waiting for restoration.  It would look like this one which is non reversible that I just restored.






If you are not particular about age, I have a black 1982 Hunter Original that is electrically reversible.  Or I have chestnut brown that have click stop ReverseAir brackets, or white, or ...


I also have an unrestored Hunter AdaptAir that can change blade direction from down to up or any point in between by a lever.  Here is a restored by me example



Or if you like GEs, I have sets of up and down GE irons.  More work to switch airflow, but switching out brackets is not hard.  Another example I restored:






You have choices.  I have the ceiling fans.

Last edited on Tue Dec 11th, 2018 02:13 am by Tom Dreesen

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 Posted: Tue Dec 11th, 2018 02:53 am
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Allen Bennett
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Tom, PM on the way

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