The Meseta Hot Water Supply Boiler

Meseta Boiler

This boiler was designed to replace the range boiler, over which, according to the firm, it had the following advantages:

  1. It will give a supply of hot water during the summer when the range is not in use.
  2. The cost of a continuous supply of hot water is only about 4d. per 24 hours[1].
  3. Very little attention is necessary, as the fire will burn some 12 hours On One charge of about 301bs. of fuel; a considerable economy as compared with the Range Boiler, where such a large proportion of the heat escapes.

By default, the boiler was fitted with a smoke nozzle pointing backwards, although a vertical smoke nozzle was available, if required.

The boiler had a waterway bottom and plugs for cleaning purposes.

Meseta Boiler

The wrought iron supplied 25 to 30 gallons of hot water per hour and could, if required, be arranged to heat one or two radiators, with a heating power of 125ft. of 4in. pipes. The boiler could be supplied with a rustless finish, at additional cost, using the Bower-barff [2] process.

The firm sold the boiler and parts for at least 34 years: the first known customer was The Standard Range and Foundry Co., Watford, who purchased one boiler on January 23rd 1911, on behalf of another customer: the last was on 6th February 1945 for Mr. E.D. Meryon of “Longford”, No. 34, Burwood Park Road, Hersham, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, who purchased a replacement straight smoke nozzle.

The firm’s 1915 heating and ventilation catalogue contained the following customer feedback:

From Messrs. Shoolbrook & Co.[3], “The Meseta Boiler sent to Jersey is giving perfect satisfaction, and (with a 60 gallon cylinder) is working three Radiators, two Baths, three Lavatory Basins and two Sinks. Hot water is obtained half-an-hour after lighting the fire.”

“We have recently used one of your Meseta Boilers at Westmister[4]. Although it has to do a considerable amount of work, namely two Baths, two Lavatory Basins, , four draw-off Taps and two Towel Rails, it is in every way satisfactory, and we shall unquestionubly use it wherever possible in future,”

From Messrs. Warings & Gillow:- “One Meseta Boiler supplied seven Baths in two hours and with two of the Boilers ten baths were obtained before 9-30 a.m.”

Sir T. Sturmey Cave[5], of Kilworth, Woking, writes: The Mesta Water Heater is a great success. My supply of hot water is now, like the cold, constant. That it is economical there can be no doubt, seeing that with regulated slow combustion, the heat goes into the water and not up the chimney, as in the old system of a boot boiler in the kitchen range.”



  1. 1915 figures.

  2. A certain process for producing upon articles of iron or steel an adherent coating of the magnetic oxide of iron (which is not liable to corrosion by air, moisture, or ordinary acids). This is accomplished by producing, by oxidation at about 1,600°F. in a closed space, a coating containing more or less of the ferric oxide (Fe2O3) and the subsequent change of this in a reduced atmosphere to the magnetic oxide (Fe2O4).

  3. Of Tottenham Court Road, London.

  4. The Deanery, purchased by Messrs. Shoolbrook & Co., on 16th March, 1911.

  5. The boiler was purchased on 7th July 1911 by Messrs. H. Young and Co., Nine Elms Ironworks, London.