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Amish Heater

The heater supposedly made by the Amish, is in fact made by the Communists.
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That's right, the miracle heaters that we have been hearing so much about on TV this winter and last, are in fact made by the Chinese.  As it turns out, the mantle itself is what is made by the Amish.

Apparently, by giving away the heater at no charge, and simply selling the mantle, the company which markets this heater, is able to avoid any warranty or replacement problems, legally speaking, after the first 30 days.

Consumer Reports and others have rated the Amish heaters, and found the advertising to be misleading, and the product to be overpriced relative to other space heaters. They even make the point that the heater is more expensive to operate relative to other portable space heaters.

The price

The prices on the heat surge heater, have come down a lot in the last year. They were nearly $600, but now they can be ordered from the Heat Surge website for $250 to about $350.

Fake fire

In case you hadn't noticed, this heater actually does not have any flame.  While the heater appears to be burning logs, you are actually seeing a couple of light bulbs giving the optical illusion of burning wood.

Amish Heater (mantle) Pros & Cons

So as for heating your home, the Amish heater appears to be about average in terms of actually creating heat. It does have a remote control to turn the heater on and off and adjust the fake flames, and it appears relatively safe from tip-overs and burns.

The Bottom Line

Of you're looking for a heater to simulate the look of a fireplace, and you're willing to spend a little extra money than the Heat Surge may be right for you. However, if you' want an efficient, economical, and reliable heater, then the professional reviewers say that can be had for about $20 from one of the big box stores.

Have you tried the Roll-n-Glow Amish heater by Heat Surge?  If so, please add your review below.

Amish Heater Reviews

Review the infomercial product.

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Posted by Debbie at Apr 24, 2010 05:43 PM
I have the Roll and Glow heater. I love it!

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Posted by Cindie at Dec 03, 2010 09:41 PM
The only drawback i have found, which is a big one and have to look into it more that is if you have your heater on high, the vent that blows the heat out actually MELTS. What is with this?


Posted by Mary McLain at Feb 01, 2011 07:05 AM
The heater is very pretty with the fake fireplace however, after two hours the fake fireplace quit working. It makes a clicking noise as though the rod is slipping or stuck and can't roll.The light bulbs are working but the flame stands still. After calling the company they told my husband how to fix it but it would not fix. Over night it started to work again but soon stopped again. We don't feel the heat is working as it should. They are sending a replacement heater. I hope it is better.

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Posted by Etta at Feb 27, 2011 06:32 PM
The heater is under warranty for only 1 year, the second year of which is used only during the winter months it went out. Called company and was told SOL since warranty wasnt bought when purchased. What a waste of money.