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 Posted: Mon Feb 15th, 2021 05:20 pm
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David Kilnapp
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-Original-Lake-Breeze-Motor-Hot-Air-Alcohol-12-Table-Fan-Wm-J-H-Strong/133663466350
The above listing on eBay is for a lake breeze hot air fan with the stirling engine. It's missing the cap and the copper burner that goes inside the base.

This is definitely one of my wish list fans so I'm asking:  Does anyone have one that they might be interested to sell? I would be interested in one that is similar to the one in the eBay listing, that is, with brass blade and cage.

PM if interested to sell. I don't buy on eBay generally speaking - too expensive and to risky from a shipping point of view.

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 Posted: Mon Feb 15th, 2021 05:44 pm
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That would be the model to buy I think.   I have a 16" Lake Breeze, similar Model A but the guards on the 16" ones are steel.   A fun fan.   I had just gotten mine running for Fanfair years ago and it blew up in Terry Fisher's face; no damage, but a nice scare.   I found out the reason for the explosionl (missing vent pipe to the font).   The missing cover on the ebay fan I think has been reproduced and the fans are pretty simple.  A lot easier to "rewind" than an electric fan.   I have to get mine running again.

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 Posted: Mon Feb 15th, 2021 06:00 pm
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David Kilnapp
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Thanks Steve. PM me with your opinion of its value.

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 Posted: Mon Feb 15th, 2021 08:49 pm
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There are some evaluations of Lake Breezes on Antiques Roadshow.   I watched this one where they almost set the set on fire.    Missing is the very important (and rare) probably glass chimney for the kerosene lamp.
https://video.pbsnc.org/video/appraisal-lake-breeze-motor-co-fan-ca-1900-tlkep9/

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Hi Steve. I saw that episode on roadshow!

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Looks like that front crank shaft is all bent out of shape. Correct me if I'm wrong but shouldn't they be running parallel to each other???

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 Posted: Tue Feb 16th, 2021 01:00 am
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I think there may be a little slop in the mechanism.   I don't see a clear problem but has been years since I worked on mine.

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 Posted: Tue Feb 16th, 2021 04:56 am
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Hey Steve Stephens....what vent hole in the front are you referring to? Do you have a picture of this area?

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 Posted: Tue Feb 16th, 2021 12:33 pm
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They’re cool fans but a bit of a pricey novelty in my opinion.  I had a 12” but sold it as it just collected dust. It ran perfectly, but I maybe ran mine twice.  They’re just not very practical.  
They run well on sterno in place of the alcohol burner. And it’s safer.  

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 Posted: Tue Feb 16th, 2021 12:52 pm
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Agree with you Lane on them being a pricey novelty item.

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They are making brand new ones in India, seems like parts could be made there. Or Vietnam (Contact Dan N.)

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Here is one for sale on craigslist I do not know if this is the one you are looking for He has had it for sale for about a year on CL so it leads me to believe he is asking a hefty price for it

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https://sacramento.craigslist.org/atq/d/auburn-antique-1919-hot-air-fan-lake/7262766207.html

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 Posted: Tue Feb 16th, 2021 02:59 pm
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Cam Kuruliak wrote: David

Here is one for sale on craigslist I do not know if this is the one you are looking for He has had it for sale for about a year on CL so it leads me to believe he is asking a hefty price for it

Cam

https://sacramento.craigslist.org/atq/d/auburn-antique-1919-hot-air-fan-lake/7262766207.html
Looks like Ebay's Gingersnap54  in Auburn CA.  $5600.00 It's been on there for years. Same guy as cutndry50 on ebay with a $2395.00 yoke fan I believe 

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I know the ginger snap seller. That price is easily double what that fan is worth IMHO. There is another seller in FLA with a similarly priced fan. I’ve made an offer of $1900 which was declined. In any event I am looking for the desk top smaller version.

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Yeah I remember that guy he prices his fans waaaaaay over real value I saw another ad in FB Marketplace I think it was in Indiana somewhere a few months ago advertising one I tried to find it but no luck

Cam

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Louis Luu wrote: Hey Steve Stephens....what vent hole in the front are you referring to? Do you have a picture of this area?I tried to find a photo showing the vent hole in the top of the font near the center.   It's a short length (about ¼ ") and the diameter of pencil lead.    I no longer have my photos I had of my font and the fan is packed away.

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 Posted: Tue Feb 16th, 2021 10:23 pm
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Thanks Steve Stephens. I'll try to take a picture. Maybe you can point in the approximate area to look?

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Louis,

With that description don't know how you would ever find it. Here is what Steve is trying to explain.








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Louis, there's an ebay seller who sells new fonts so I went to look.   Do you see the tiny vent pipe at the very left of the wick nestled up against the caps' threads.   You may need to enlarge the photo.
Terry, you beat me by 2 minuets posting  and your arrow helped.  Thanks.   Want to get together for another explosive Hot Air Fan running session?

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Very helpful. Now all I need to find is a desktop model then I'll call you Steve to find the person that makes these wonderful new fonts. The one on eBay is missing this very thing I believe.

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David Kilnapp wrote:  Now all I need to find is a desktop model then I'll call you Steve to find the person that makes these wonderful new fonts.
Here you go David:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Lake-Breeze-Hot-Air-Fan-Copper-Alcohol-Burner-Font-Stirling-Engine-Hit-Miss/193516599176?hash=item2d0e7cf788:g:1doAAOSwy8Re5cPl

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Steve,

Thanks for the invitation but I have just now regrown my eye lashes, eye brows and singed hair. 
Do you remember the question I asked before we fired up that burner? "Hey Steve, why is the bottom of your burner sticking out instead of being flat"? You said, hey I don't know. Well, we found out.  :wondering: :wondering:.
Sometimes we find out things about fans the hard way!
Hope you are staying safe. BTW . . . Is that why that fan is now in storage?


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Terry Fisher wrote: Steve,
 . . . Is that why that fan is now in storage?
That's right Terry.   You think I want to run it again and have it "blow"?   The burner font is even more puckered out then it was back then.   I have been amiss in getting around to making it run but did buy a short section of tiny brass tubing for the air vent.   For those who wondered about our little excitement years ago at fanfair, we had a display of hot air fans, Terrys' and my Lake Breeze.   When had several running at once when ka-boom; my fount exploded with a roar and some flame that got Terry's eyebrows and lashes and scared the whole bourse room I bet.   No permanent damage luckily.   For some reason the tiny air vent tube was missing on my font and, when lit, the flame from the burning wick got pulled into the font through the tine hole that should have had the small tube to keep that from happening.   I had bought my 16" Model A Lake Breeze at a previous Fan Fair and had gone through it to see how it worked, cleaning, and lubricating.   It was starting to run really well and, then.....

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Thanks Terry Fisher...I was looking at the actual fan...Huh?  That makes more sense.

Thanks Steve Stephens.  I also have the gas burner attachment.

Terry Fisher wrote: Louis,

With that description don't know how you would ever find it. Here is what Steve is trying to explain.









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Thanks for the link Steve! Wow, what a story on the “event”. Who would have thought it would have exploded?

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Gas burner attachment.



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I made 62 fonts total now down to the last 3 and made a half a dozen or so of the natural gas tubes I believe Louis purchased 3 of each

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Those are pretty David.

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Works perfect!

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