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Sustainable Living | Gasoline and Butane Clothes Irons | are still in production and being used today

Updated on February 2, 2012
Butane Clothes Iron from Cottage Craft
Butane Clothes Iron from Cottage Craft
Gasoline Clothes Iron from Cottage Craft
Gasoline Clothes Iron from Cottage Craft
Sad Clothes Iron from Cottage Craft
Sad Clothes Iron from Cottage Craft

Believe it or not the old time gasoline and butane clothes irons are still being made in the USA and used Worldwide

If you are a history buff, collector of old clothes irons or are actually looking for self-sufficient off-grid clothes irons you can still find them in this unique back-to-basics online general store.

Just like in earlier centuries, they are brand spanking new and ready to take on the task of ironing a mound of clothes without ever having to plug them in.

Just imagine taking a step back into the late 1800s to early 1900s and walking into a general store to see these shinny new clothes irons which use either white gasoline (same as Coleman stove fuel) or butane sitting on the shelf ready to take home to complete the weekly task of ironing the freshly washed laundry.

During those times these clothes irons were considered the most modern convenience. No longer did the housewife have to stop and heat the *Sad Iron on top of the wood cook stove every few minutes to maintain the heat.

These clothes irons were even far more advanced than the charcoal iron that required the use of hot charcoal coals to heat the iron base.

For some reason black charcoal and white starched shirts just seem to have been a major stress factor for the homemaker during those times. Now we just stress about taking clothes out of the dryer before they wrinkle.

Before permanent clothes and linens were made of blended cottons and synthetic fabrics all fabrics were basically made of 100% cotton, you know just how wrinkled 100% cotton can get in today’s modern washing machine. In those times everything would be washed by hand or in a wringer washing machine.

The wringer washing machine didn’t have a spin cycle so a hose at the bottom of the washing machine would be used to drain out the machine usually out the back kitchen door, as these machines would sit in the corner of the kitchen or on a back enclosed porch just off the kitchen.

Clothes then would be run through a wringer, which consisted to two rubberized rollers, to wring out the excess water so the clothes could then be hung out to dry.

When the clothes were brought back into the house they would be wrinkled and require ironing. Back then many layers of clothes would be worn by modest women and the gentleman would wear the white starched shirts. I just couldn’t imagine how they lived without A/C in those times.

Not only were there layers and layers of clothes to iron, but there were also bed linens, towels, and even fancy table doilies, (laced table runners used on top of end tables), and the Sunday dinner tablecloth. Having a dependable cloths iron was really a pretty big deal. Having one that didn’t require constantly re-heating it was a life saver.

Fridays were normally wash days, yes all day wash days in fact, to complete the tasks before Sunday Church services and the Sunday noon meal. Then the cycle started all over again as the laundry piled up again.

Spring, summer and fall were the best time of year for doing laundry as the cold winter months meant hanging out wet clothes using wet hands in freezing temperatures. Clothes would actually freeze dry on the line and then be brought in the house even more wrinkled than on a sunny warm day.

Having one of these new gasoline or butane clothes irons must have felt like winning the lottery.

The Butane Iron is manually lighted there is no electronic ignition to wear out and will last 5 hours on just one butane fill. Butane fuel is the same refill used for cigarette lighters and butane torches

The Self-Heating Gasoline Clothes iron uses white gas of Coleman fuel. It contains a pre-heating system of denatured alcohol placed into the generator assembly. The denatured alcohol is lit first allowing the iron base to heat up, and then it is switched over to the gas to finish the lighting procedure.

The Sad Iron base heats on a stove top, when hot you simply snap on the handle and use. The wood grip keeps the handle cool. People would purchase two bases to keep ironing and changing off the base as the second one reheats.

*Sad Iron is the name used to refrence a flat iron or finishing iron.

You can still purchase these irons at Cottage Craft Works .Com Cottage Craft Works also carries complete replacement parts for the gasoline and butane iron as well as Dritz Iron Cleaner.

Cottage Craft Works is a unique online self-sufficient products general store for the serious back-to-basics prepper and self-sufficient lifestyle. You can also find oil lamps and many other back-to-basics products.

Collectors, antique buffs and people who just enjoy nostalgic historical period products can spend hours touring the pages on the Cottage Craft web site.

Some share their experience at Cottage Craft Works as remembering an early 1800s Sears and Roebuck merchandise catalog loaded with today’s cherished and most collected antiques. Yet the products Cottage Craft Works carries are all new, just as they were in the good old days of living a simpler life. Many of the products are Amish made and are still being used in the Amish sustainable living communities.


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