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During HeatingHelp.com’s Dead Men Tales podcast, industry expert and master storyteller Dan Holohan shares the stories behind the work and fun facts you may not know about heating history.
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Voices From The Past
It’s amazing what old heating systems can tell us if we pay attention to the details left by the Dead Men who installed them. Episode Transcript The basement was as musty...
The Significance Of The Fire
The Irish made fires that never went out. The fire in the hearth was for cooking and for warmth, and it smoldered for hundreds of years in some cases.
The May Oil Burner Company made an oil burner they called Quiet May during a time when just about everyone in America who had central heating was burning coal.
Air Vents and American History
The automatic air vent didn’t come easily to the heating industry. It took hard work and a lot of very inventive thinking.
In this episode, Dan Holohan time travels back to 1905 when Washington, D. C. was pondering the promise of a soon-to-be-installed district heating system. Episode TranscriptSome years ago, I was visiting...
What Ray Taught Me
We all had to start somewhere, right? In this episode, Dan Holohan recalls a lesson learned the hard way and a mentor who had a brutal brand of kindness. Episode TranscriptI...
How To Kill A Boiler
In this episode, Dan Holohan shares a murder mystery involving a troubled heating system and a well-intentioned suspect. Episode TranscriptBoilers fail, and whenever they do, someone usually blames the manufacturer.
In this episode, Dan Holohan tells us about the inventive tees used in early hot-water heating systems. Episode TranscriptMy teacher, the late, great Gil Carlson, used to talk about The Law...
The $37 Million Steam Trap
Ignoring preventative maintenance can have disastrous consequences. Take this story, for instance. Episode TranscriptHere’s to preventative maintenance, a practice that’s often overlooked.
Events That Shaped Heating History
From explosions to inventions, Dan Holohan shares a timeline of events that impacted the heating industry and the fascinating stories behind them. Episode Transcript These are not current events.