Hot Water Heater Covers
Some 1950′s-1960′s trailers have had their Bowen hot water heater covers removed in past HW heater replacements, and the installer failed to reuse the Bowen cover, installing the modern flimsy painted cover instead. To help restorers fabricate, or have sheet metal shop fabricate one for them, I’ve started collecting a series of pictures on the 3 styles of Bowen covers – plus some thoughts on fabrication.
This is a really ingenious install that reutilized the old cover mounted on a hinged door.
This was a newer Bowen with the smaller opening replaced with a 6 gallon Suburban. The chimney was missing, so the white cover supplied with the new heater was painted silver, and the old cover was flipped upside down to form a closeout of the space around the newer (& smaller) heater.
Most any sheet metal shop can fabricate from novelty and perforated aluminum stock on a Pan Brake from these pictures and dimensions from your trailer opening. Extrusions for the opening surround are available from Hoskin & Muir.
Check out this replacement of a bowen HW heater with a new Atwood:
The same concept would also work for the older style covers too. Reinstall it back on instead of the the cheapy replacement.