The Vintage Refrigerator

I haven’t had time for every one to see some great vintage refrigerators.

Here’s a few to wet you whistle.

A cool Perfection Stove Company Super Fex Kerosene Refrigerator. Very rare and very pricey.

Seval Refrig. with ice blue trim and freezer door.

The big insides of a Food-O-Rama

How about this turquoise frig you hang above your counter.


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3 responses to “The Vintage Refrigerator

  • Anonymous


    I need to buy the refregarator anique leonard side by side!! How much?

    Pleise, send me the answer in my mail :

    Thanks Alina

  • John Poole

    I’ve heard the term kerosene refrigerator, but does that actually mean the compressor motor runs on kerosene? That’s pretty amazing!

    My parents had a vintage refrigerator in their apartment when I was very small, and I remember all the ice that would build up on the inside walls of the freezer that we’d have to chip out from time to time. It was more like an ice box that was fitted with an early refrigeration unit.

    • ramonasvintageapplianceforum

      Here’s the process. With gas prices as they are, might only be good for emergency.

      A gas refrigerator uses ammonia as the coolant, and it uses water, ammonia and hydrogen gas to create a continuous cycle for the ammonia. The refrigerator has five main parts:

      Generator – generates ammonia gas
      Separator – separates ammonia gas from water
      Condenser – where hot ammonia gas is cooled and condensed to create liquid ammonia
      Evaporator – where liquid ammonia evaporates to create cold temperatures inside the refrigerator
      Absorber – absorbs the ammonia gas in water

      The cycle works like this:

      Heat is applied to the generator. The heat comes from burning something like gas, propane or kerosene.
      In the generator is a solution of ammonia and water. The heat raises the temperature of the solution to the boiling point of the ammonia.
      The boiling solution flows to the separator. In the separator, the water separates from the ammonia gas.
      The ammonia gas flows upward to the condenser. The condenser is composed of metal coils and fins that allow the ammonia gas to dissipate its heat and condense into a liquid.
      The liquid ammonia makes its way to the evaporator, where it mixes with hydrogen gas and evaporates, producing cold temperatures inside the refrigerator.
      The ammonia and hydrogen gases flow to the absorber. Here, the water that has collected in the separator is mixed with the ammonia and hydrogen gases.
      The ammonia forms a solution with the water and releases the hydrogen gas, which flows back to the evaporator. The ammonia-and-water solution flows toward the generator to repeat the cycle.

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