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Hot water bottles

Morturn

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I was talking to an elderly lady once who said they used to put a house brick in the oven then wrap it in a towel.
 

ChrisM

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(Blimey!)

That sparks a memory of an immediately postwar device which was essentially a metal box with a electric light bulb in it. I think we had one but I never saw the benefit of it as far as I remember. Might have been regarded as too risky for a child.

And certainly wouldn’t have wanted one of those electric hot water bottles. Electricity + water + my precious person? No thanks....

Chris
 

ChrisM

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Staff member
my nan did she never had hot water bottles

I think I experienced that, too. Quite logical really – more mass in a brick than an equivalent volume of water and therefore should absorb more heat – and let it out for a longer period. Principle of the storage heater, I suppose.

As I recall it, okay provided you didn’t let it get unwrapped.

Chris
 

mw0njm.

Brummie Dude
(Blimey!)

That sparks a memory of an immediately postwar device which was essentially a metal box with a electric light bulb in it. I think we had one but I never saw the benefit of it as far as I remember. Might have been regarded as too risky for a child.

And certainly wouldn’t have wanted one of those electric hot water bottles. Electricity + water + my precious person? No thanks....

Chris
i was thinking that Chris. anything goes wrong with the thermost.and you have a bomb in bed with you.
i remember the box with a bulb. waste of time.
 

johnny082

master brummie
Some of you guys were lucky. When we were kids mom used to get the steel plates out of the oven of the 'black lead grate' and put those in our beds, or sometimes had a brick warming up in the oven and wrap it in cloth before putting it in our beds. Just prior to the war my brother and I were bought hot water bottles in the shape of a teddy bear. It was brown crock with white ears. I still have mine. No I don't use it! Use my wife instead
 
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