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Bowen Hot Water Heater Covers
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.
Front view of the lower access door – made from perforated aluminum formed into the shape of a pan on all four sides, except the top has a lip – see next photo.
Backside. Almost any latch mechanism can be adapted to hold it in place. The top has a lip shown here that tucks into the shroud opening.
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: