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kerosene stoves were originally made by Georg Haller Co
of Ottensen (Hamburg), Germany. Haller stoves date from
circa 1900, but some
variations (clones) were made in the former East
Germany and are marked DRG. Production apparently
ceased by 1975. The need for these stoves in the
early 1900's was manifest. The Industrial
Revolution in Europe was in full vogue, with rural
residents being displaced to the cities to find work, so
virtually any habitable structure was considered livable
even without a kitchen. In those conditions, a
Haller stove was indispensable. The most
common Haller stove encountered is the single wick
design, but models with 2, 3 and even 4 wicks were
manufactured. All of the variations I have
encountered used the same wick, however.
Haller stoves are
of enameled steel construction. The white area
visible at the bottom of the stove is the wick holder,
and the venting visible allows a considerable amount of
fresh oxygen to feed into the 2 3/4" flat wick.
These stoves burn very clean and odor-free providing
water clear 1K kerosene is used. The fuel reservoir
is primitive, however, being nothing more than a basin
for the wick, and care must be taken to prevent
There were at least three grades of Haller stoves.
In the photos directly below, the
single burner at left is of obvious higher quality than the four
stoves on the right. The
all-stamped steel 4 burner below right is considerably lighter and
made less expensively than my
newest 4 burner shown in the bottom photo on this page, with
excellent cast iron parts and very heavy, thick metal. A good
mid-range stove is the
below, still stamped steel but heavier and thicker than the
cheaper versions at top right.
require a thin, 2
3/4" flat wick as they have precision gear wheels
and a narrow wick sleeve.
condition single burner, pre-WW I, single
war East German variations, single, double
Pre-WW II variation, single wick (see photos
Four wick version,
circa WW I
#1: At left, the top piece is removed from the
base. The pot/pan support has already been
removed. The simplicity of the design is
readily apparent: Note how easy it is to
clean the various parts. And you can see that
where the enamel chipped, rust appears.
Considering that this stove was in use for decades,
however, proves the sturdiness of the basic
#2: The wick assembly removed from the fuel
reservoir. The reservoir is an open bowl,
easy to fill and clean, and just as obvious is that
care must be taken when in use so that fuel does
not spill. In this photo the base has
been removed. For cleanliness in storage, the
base fits perfectly over the upper heat chamber,
above right in photo #1.
#3: A new wick has been installed.
Because of the tall constricted wick slot, pushing
a wick into place through the wick raising gears is
extremely difficult. It is vastly easier to
pull the wick through from the top. I use a
6" piece of duct tape, with one inch on each side
of the wick and the remaining 4" pressed against
itself to form a thin wick extension. The
duct tape easily slides through the wick slot and
the wick is then pulled into place. Note that
I bevel the edges of the wick to make it easier to
pull through the wick gap in a straight
Haller stove, a recent addition to my
collection, a two wick
model with all the pot/pan support rings
intact. Each ring can be removed to fit the
size of the bottom of the pot or pan. The center
support is for small pans. The inner ring clearly
says Georg Haller, Ottensen. Click photo to
The photo at
left shows the easiest way to install new wicks in
a Haller stove. Note the duct tape extensions
on the wick. The duct tape is pushed through
the wick slots from the top, the wick pulled down
level with the top of the wick tubes, then the duct
tape can be removed.
latest Haller stove, a four burner, with a pristine single
burner on top to illustrate the relative size. This 4
burner was Haller's primo model, more of a range than a
pedestrian stove. This grade had three sections of cast
iron excluding the burner plates on top, and very heavy gauge
enameled steel. The little single burner stove may weigh 2
pounds, but the four burner weighs over 20 pounds! This
large, heavy stove was brought to Canada by German immigrants
before the Great War of 1914-1917 and kept in the family until
finally sold in 2012.
Haller Stoves used 2 3/4" wide,
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