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Velvet Heat Electric Dryer by Signature - $165 (town of poughkeepsie
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Post# 992133   4/25/2018 at 20:19 by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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Velvet Heat Electric Dryer by Signature. Purchased from Montgomery Ward and have original manual. Display panel lights up. Works great BUT feet needs adjustment for leveling (door pops open when it first starts until it gets going). Still being used. Asking $165.00 or best offer. Text or call 845-913-6213 Thanks

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Post# 992140 , Reply# 1   4/25/2018 at 20:53 by RP2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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It may be a Snorge, but it'll never die.  


My mom's gas model, which was a little newer, I think tried to kill us all with CO.  It stunk like a bus station for a number of years before it was replaced.


The gas ignition made a strange hollow rattling sound like a pencil was bouncing around in the blower or something -- which was normal -- and after it had issues with that and was repaired, it created a static condition on the TV whenever the flame was lit.


The electric version should be less annoying and non toxic.

Post# 992142 , Reply# 2   4/25/2018 at 21:23 by peteski50 (New York)        
Wards Dryer!

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I always liked those one dial dryers - and the console light really makes it!

Post# 992184 , Reply# 3   4/26/2018 at 09:38 by appnut (TX)        

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Same as our 64 tol Norge. Modulating heatike LK S oft Heat.

Post# 992204 , Reply# 4   4/26/2018 at 12:37 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

The early Montgomery Ward gas Velvet Heat used a two stage burner, like the two different flame heights between "low" and "super fast" on Norge dryers which did not have auto dry cycles until after MW dryers. It ran on the high flame until a preset temperature was reached, then switched to the low flame to finish drying. Norge dryers were hell on door gaskets because that big fan kept pushing the tumbling load against the rubber and abraded it badly.

Post# 992229 , Reply# 5   4/26/2018 at 16:52 by appnut (TX)        

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Tom, I said the following about these dryers before.  I had no real appreciation for our dryer until it was pointed out here that the gas version had the modulating burner like on the LK Soft Heat.  All I saw was that it was most likely the matching TOL dryer to our Dispense-o-Mat washer and it had no temperature options other than heat and air.   Particularly after I saw one of my best friends from high school's family had a model or two below this that had 4 or 5 temperature button options that were air, low, medium, and high.  There were so many times I'd be in the laundry room (watching the Norge or later the Kenmore 800) while a load was being dried in the dryer (and when I was doing the wash, I always used the auto dry cycles).  And while watching the washer, I'd hear the noise like the gas burner was coming back on again, but the gas had never turned off during this initial heating.  And when I'd hear that noise I'd lift the lid and look in at the burner and see if it looked any different.  So I'd study what the burner looked like at the beginning of the cycle, but still couldn't see any difference in the flame after that noise.  WE never had to replace the gasket in the 14 years we had the dryer.  I particularly liked the 3 position hamper door and I judged every other dryer brand with full-width hamper door design. Our stop 'n' dry control was a slide lever on the control panel that mirrored the water level slider on the washer control panel. Also note on this Wards dryer it has the designation of a 16 pound capacity.   After about 5 or 6 years, the safety stop door switched pretty much stuck "in".  which didn't bother me, I always used fluff to keep clothes tumbling while I hung up each garment.  And I'd open the door to that first position and garments would come billowing out to the door edge and I'd just pull one or two off and hang them up.  and blame this dryer for me always no-heat tumble after the load has dried and I have to hang things up. 

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Post# 992240 , Reply# 6   4/26/2018 at 19:12 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

I can only report what the Beltsville dryer did when I used it for a month or so. It did not have the hamper door. It had absolutely beautiful colors on the lighted control panel. It definitely had a two stage burner. John helped rebuild it. It stopped working and we moved it to the museum. He thought it was important to save because it was Norge's first try at auto dry cycles. The burner did not cycle. I have never seen a modulating burner that cycles; only diminished the flame as the load gets dry. Your dryer was obviously different than the one we have or had.

Post# 992319 , Reply# 7   4/27/2018 at 19:10 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Norge Dryers

Produce wonderfully fluffy clothes, the down side is unless the gaskets are new, they blow out lint terribly.

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