did not need it grew up in the phillipines dad was in the army did not have any hot water either nights in dec would go down to 50's and we would freeze our bunnies in bed lucky we had a dozen cats and they sure kept me warm at night
Turn of the century house (the other one)No insulation in the walls or ceilings. Gravity warm air. Central cast iron grill in the center of the house on the first floor of a two story house. The back bedrooms(where I slept) were freezing to say the least. This was until 1976 when we had a fire. Gutted the house. Insulated it and ducted it for warm air.
In the winter time the cast iron grill was crowded.
Originally posted by oil lp man First house that I remember living in was built in 1969.
It had an oil fired Crane boiler with forced hot water baseboards.
Most of you guys grew up poor, I see.
You must be pretty young. I guess it also depends on where you live being a lot of places didnt get natural gas til later on. Some citys had piping but used rail car tanks with a butaine mixture before natural gas was available. Sawdust ,coal, electric, wood, propane, oil, . Im sure it all depends on availability and price. Funny how a lot of things that were cheaper before are probably not going to be the way of the future . Just look at natural gas and propane, It has pretty much been the way to go but Im starting to rethink that. Just like gas for cars,its too controled by forces that are not in your best interest. I think we all have to rethink our ways of looking at things and the ones that do will be the ones that excell above the others.
First house I remember was coal fired gravity hot air with the
"octupus" runs to the rooms. It was converted to gas fired hot air (GRAVITY). This was 1947- 1948. I was 7 years old.
A friend in Monkton VT in the 1960,70,80's was cutting and burning 10 cords of wood every winter. The upstairs rooms (some) had grilles installed in the floors for gravity heat.
He now has a modular home gas fired hot air. Also has a fireplace,he refuses to cut wood now and has not had a fire in the fireplace.