Beware: “Amish” Heater Mythology


I just pulled out a copy of USA Today from a recent trip.  In it there is an ad for the “Amish Mantle and Miracle Invention”.  This reminded me of a recent conversation about this baloney.  The bottom line is that this advertising is misleading at best.  What they are selling is an expensive electric heater—and nothing better than you could get for $40 at your local hardware store.  The Amish?  Electric heat?  Please give me a break.

An example of the silliness, the ad states that the heater generate an “amazing 5,119 BTUs on high setting.”   If you crunch the numbers, you see this is simply a 1,500 watt heater—not so amazing.

If you really what to save on your heating bill, air-seal and reduce drafts, improve your insulation levels, and invest in high- efficiency furnaces or boilers—the basic home efficiency measures.

For more discussion and reviews debunking this so-called Amish heater foolishness, see

Buyer beware!


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7 Responses to “Beware: “Amish” Heater Mythology”

  1. Another scam—the Cool Surge Portable Air Cooler « GreenHomes America Says:

    […] travelling.  Flipping through an edition last week, I came across an ad that looked a lot like the Amish Heater nonsense I commented on earlier.  Same type of misleading information, same sleezy marketing hooks.  […]

  2. Tips to Save Energy This Winter « GreenHomes America Says:

    […] (See a short video on what’s included in a good audit.)  [Note, below you won't see bogus claims for overpriced "miracle" cures with or without Amish mantles or for $20 ceramic heaters price at $200 to pay for full-page […]

  3. Avoid Heater Scams « GreenHomes America Says:

    […] to fill the papers and the weekend supplements.  We’ve covered this elsewhere:  Don’t buy the Amish Mantle heater with the “miracle” technology from China (and don’t buy the Cool Surge Portable Air […]

  4. “Amish” Heaters: Trick or Treat? « GreenHomes America Says:

    […] talked about this before (here, and here, and here), and I won’t spend a lot of time on the retread except to warn people NOT to waste […]

  5. Vic Deutsch Says:

    This is, in my opinion, one of the biggest scam rip-offs out there!!!! Full page ads touting an unbelievable, made in China, electric heater!!
    I have a $40.00 electric oil filled heater that works very well. Yet people are mis-led(lied to) into buying a hugely over-priced, common electric heater!!
    There really should be criminal penalties against these full page newspaper rip-off ads put out by these peddlers of “miracle heaters”
    BUYER BEWARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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