This looks dangerous. What is it? White gasoline iron?

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white gasoline iron looks dangerous old

Our blog buddy, Anita Hart Fuller, has just been shocked when a friend of hers brought out this old item.  She, of course, wants to share it with all of our Searcy Sleuths.  She said the friend said it was an old iron which operated with gasoline!

Gasoline!  No wonder I never saw one of these at my mother's home.  She would have considered this thing too dangerous to operate.....plus there was probably no place to get white gasoline which is what the friend said it used.  I believe the friend reported that you turned on the gas and there was water in the cavity shown at the bottom so the gasoline heated the iron and water and made steam ironing a breeze.

So, Sleuths, share what you know about this thing!  Did they explode?  Are they still used?

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Rainmaker
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Oh my goodness.  No wonder that the average age of death was 40 years, a hundred years ago!

Oct 16, 2018 05:53 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Right, Myrl.  I remember my mother saying that pressure cookers were dangerous and didn't try to teach us to learn to cook with one.

Oct 17, 2018 05:24 AM #2
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Anita Fuller

My mother and grandmother would can tomatoes in a pressure cooker - it scared me to death, and to this day I will not use one - although I'm tempted to buy a InstaPot.

Oct 17, 2018 08:03 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Anita, what's an InstaPot?

Oct 17, 2018 08:07 AM #4
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Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

Good find, Anita. White gas has more umpth than kerosene and is used in gas stoves like the Coleman brand camping stoves. We lived more dangerously in the good old days. Another common device was the blowtorch used for soldering copper pipes. It would use white gas.

I have a stovetop pressure cooker and love it. It will cook a whole chicken in about 20 minutes.

Barbara, instapots are those multiuse electric pots that will perform like a pressure cooker, slow cooker or crock pot, rice steamer etc. Very pop[ular these days for the folks that have limited time to prepare meals.

Oct 17, 2018 10:35 AM #5
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anita fuller

Barbara, now that Don has 'splained InstaPot....I double dog dare you to get one.....and then to use it.

Oct 17, 2018 11:10 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

My word, the picture looks scary enough but you forced me to dig for a video.

Here it is in action!

And a rebuilt one showing off its stuff.

"Clear the house Mom's ironing" was heard back in 1949!

Oct 17, 2018 11:11 AM #7
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Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

Thanks Kevin for the videos.  Explains a lot.

Reminds me of my youth when I attempted to build a ram jet model engine. I used gasoline, compressed air, and a spark plug. Luckily, I didn't set anything on fire.

Oct 17, 2018 11:45 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Kevin, those photos were positively scary.  How did the person hold the handle to iron?  I guess they'd use a huge padded mitt.  

Don, you are lucky to be alive!!

Anita, I don't want an InstaPot.  I want a hired cook!

Oct 17, 2018 12:06 PM #9
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