Well, the one good thing about having such a mild winter here in the Midwest is that I think it’s tamped down on those ubiquitous ads for “Amish heaters.” The past few winters the newspapers have been overrun with these expensive ads from the Canton, Ohio-based company. Newspapers, starved for ads in the recession, eagerly embraced the business. I’ve talked about these enough on the old site, but in a nutshell: the heaters are made in China, the “mantels” are made in Ohio supposedly by Amish employees. Until I see Amish workers for myself in a factory in Ohio manufacturing the mantels, I don’t really believe it. I’m sure the heaters are very nice, but you could buy the same thing (without the Amish angle) at Lowe’s or Home Depot for $40. These heaters have been the bane of my existence since the company – HeatSurge – began marketing them. People, for reasons unknown, think am somehow associated with them. I am NOT. I’ve had people send me letters complaining about them and demanding a refund. I’ve had people send checks to me for heaters (thanks, but I sent them back). But it’s not just me that gets the glow from the heaters. I’ve been in the most remote, conservative Amish settlements and have had Amish men ask me: “What do you think about those heaters?” Most of the Amish I’ve talked to just roll their eyes or laugh them off. Do any of our readers own an “Amish heater?” If so, what do you think. Click here to watch a video I made about them.