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From the collection of Manfred Koster
America had the
Perfection heater and its clones, England the Valor and
Aladdin Blue Flame, all flame spreader designs.
Various firms in Japan and Taiwan made a plethora of
heaters beginning with flame spreaders (Moonlighter,
Corona and KOGY), and later with catalytic converter
burners. And almost lost from history were the very
unique and beautiful heaters made in The Netherlands by
"N. V. Koninklijke Kamper Emaillefabrieken" - the
Facetta, Safe-e-fire and Safire; and the AGA, made by
"Nederlandsche Aga Radiatoren- en Apparatenfabriek" in
Amsterdam and in Nuth.*
Manfred Koster of
the Netherlands has been endeavoring to save and restore
some prime examples of these unique heaters, and with his
help I have been able to find wicks to fit them so they
can continue to be used as intended.
[Note: This can get confusing. Haller
heaters were made in The Netherlands after WW II
by "Nederlandsche Aga Radiatoren- en
Apparatenfabriek". There is no apparent connection
with Haller stoves
made by Georg Haller Co of Ottensen, Germany
("Vereinigte Metallwarenfabriken AG vormals Haller &
Co." (since 1895). Georg Haller apparently made clones of
Perfection heaters prior to WW II, as a stove
for the heaters below are available here.
page owner's manual in British English.
(Thanks to Ray Albrow, who made the
"Golden Crown Combo" Heater
The "Golden Crown
Combo" was imported from Holland by Golden Crown
Products Co, Jacksonville, Florida. Date
unknown, but probably sometime in the
This is the only
one I have ever seen, but certainly more must have
been sold. This one had never been lighted,
so I was glad I found it in that condition with the
The Golden Crown
had a totally nonadjustable wick system. The
two parts were the "helper" wick on the right and
the burning wick on the upper left. They are
4 1/4" wide cotton wicks. The "helper" wick
transported fuel from the tank to the burning wick
- the top 3/4" of each wick touched, transferring
the fuel. When the cotton wick burnt down
1/8", it required replacement...after only a couple
of times burning! That is totally
unacceptable, so I made a new wick using a
fiberglass edge-burning wick and part of a soda can
as the wick holding bracket (low left above).
The photo shows a sample wick made for the
photograph as too much wick is exposed at the
top. If only 1/16" wick is exposed, the
heater burns just fine and the fiberglass wick is
not consumed in only a few burnings. It works
and works well! Heat output is about 5,000
BTU/hr, so it turned out to be a fine little parlor
or garage heater.
Haller - Ditmar -
Haller - Ditmar - Saffire
The "Ditmar Demon" was made in Austria and is shown
as a comparison for size.
Haller - Valor - Saffire
The Valor was made in England and is shown for
comparison of size.
The Haller Heater
unique Haller blue flame heater. Elegant simplicity
Above left, a
"Haller" heater. Center, the Haller blue
flame closeup. Above right is a "Haller
Saf-e-fire," apparently a later model. The
fuel tanks appears identical, but the Haller tank
is brass and the Saf-e-fire tank is steel.
The top plate is not as rounded as the earlier
model on the left and the Safe-e-fire is not as
tank may have a small metal tag that says "Saffire
Made in Holland" and the glass may say "Haller" on
one side and on the other say "Jena_er Suprax Glas
Made in Germany." The heater on the right
appears to be a transition model, marked
"Saf-e-fire Made in Holland" on the
|Haller and Saffire
heaters used a twisting system to raise and lower the
wick, with the entire top of the heater being
turned. The ring shown at left is slipped off
the old wick, slipped over the new wick, and
reinstalled. The Saffire was made in the same
factory, but with a slightly different name: "N. V.
Koninklijke Kamper Emaillefabrieken v / h H. Berk
& Zoon". Wicks are available here.
spring: the wick raises and lowers by twisting the
top of the heater.
in lowest position. Note the flame
in highest position.
A very unique and beautiful
Haller combination stove/heater, shown
Photo courtesy of Manfred
The Facetta Radiant
Shown above is a Facetta radiant heater.
The Facetta was probably made in Kampen in the
Netherlands. The company was named "N. V.
Koninklijke Kamper Metaalwaren-fabriek v / h H.
Berk & Zoon" and used the same
wick as the Haller and Safe-e-fire. This
is the only radiant flame spreader heater I have
ever seen other than the AGA (below). Click
Photos courtesy of Manfred
This is a small flame spreader radiant heater
with a shielded back, so it could be placed closer
to a wall. Note the very rare heating wire
coil. Heating coils have been used above the
catalytic converter on some heaters, but rarely in
conjunction with a flame spreader. The hot
heating coil acts as a secondary combustion unit,
resulting in a cleaner, more efficient burn, and a
thick lens on top concentrates the heat straight up
to sustain an excellent convection
Photo courtesy of Manfred
Note the unique
design - a flame spreader radiant heater with the
shape of a convection heater!
and ingenuity of design of heaters made in The
Netherlands is illustrated by the AGA heater at
left. This heater uses the same burner and
wick as the AGA above, captures that heat in an oil
filled radiator, and then radiates the moderated
heat into a room long after the heater is turned
off. Mounted on wheels,
the heater can easily be rolled from one room to
Photo courtesy of Manfred
Finally, a photo of my AGA and
Saf-e-fire heaters. The beauty and simplicity
of these heaters from the Netherlands is readily
apparent. Thank you, Manfred!
and photographed by Miles Stair
for the heaters on this page are available here.
it`s way from Sweden to Holland. AGA stands for "Akteibolaget Gas Accumulator" (est. 1904) and
was founded in Sweden by Gustaf Dal�n,
"Nederlandsche Aga Radiatoren- en
Apparatenfabriek" was a sub division of the
swedish "Akteibolaget Gas Accumulator", so you
might say that AGA have been doing a bit of
"badge engineering" over the years, Haller
products were sold as AGA (like the heater you
own) and vice versa (like the propane stove I
have). If you check the logo on Manfred
Koster`s convection AGA heater and compare it
to the logo of the Swedish AGA company found on
their website (www.aga.se) you will
see the connection.
William Sogge, Norway
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