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Willenhall’s rope warmer

by Remi Hodister

May I add another take on the rope warmer front following Philip Kinsman’s article about Wrington (p.245)? This is simply a description of the warmer at Willenhall, Staffordshire, which has been in operation for some eight years and, as can be seen from the previous article, follows a similar construction technique.

Our tube is a six-foot length of eight-inch diameter, half-inch wall plastic pipe with ten brass screw cup-hooks placed around the top so that the tail ends are each placed over a hook to enable its bottom end to hang within the pipe. A dummy tail-end then tightens the sally bottoms to enable the warm air to circulate over the whole of the assembled tails and sally bottoms.

The lifting handles enable the tube to be lifted from its support structure which is a snug-fitting box screwed to a wooden chassis on which are mounted four castoring wheels.

In the centre of the box and screwed to the chassis is a lampholder containing a rough service 100w bulb with the space between it and the box sides containing four large holes through which incoming floor-level air is drawn and thereby heated.

 

 

A one-inch diameter hole adjacent to the handles reveals light from a functioning bulb. No mesh is provided above the bulb as the longest looped tail – tenor rope – is above the top of the base box.

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