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Antique RUDD Water Heater

My parents have an antique black cast iron water heater in their basement that still works AMAZINGLY.

Out of curiosity sake we tried to find a manufacturing date but were unable to. Is there a way to tell from the serial number how old it is?

I have been trying to do some research on the internet, but haven't been able to find very much.


  • CuriousDaughter
    CuriousDaughter Member Posts: 2
    More Info

    Size 3

    Type F

    Pat Dates on outside of tank: 09/1899, 09/1901, 02/1903, 05/1904

    test pressure 250 lbs

    working pressure 125 lbs
  • Ironman
    Ironman Member Posts: 7,379

    Ruud, not Rudd. Try researching it spelled that way and see what you find.

    Geo. Ruud invented the automatic gas water heater. Ruud is owned by Rheem Mfg. You may get some info by contacting them.

    Can you post some pics of it. We love old stuff like that around here. Also, let us know what you find out.
    Bob Boan
    You can choose to do what you want, but you cannot choose the consequences.
  • Tim McElwain
    Tim McElwain Member Posts: 4,628
    A lot of those old tanks

    were lined with "Monel" and they tend to last forever. Another company that made copper tanks that lasted was Trageser, I have a three decker tenement with three old Tragesers that are over 50 years old and still working fine.
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