Value of Ancient Copper Water Heater?

Discussion in 'Water Heater Forum, Tanks' started by gjj210, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. gjj210

    gjj210 New Member

    Oct 8, 2012
    Beacon, VA
    Hi All,

    I have an old copper water heater, probably from the 1930s, sitting in my basement in the house I just bought. It is not in use. I am planning on selling it for scrap. I don't want to get ripped-off. How much should I get? Help me not be a sucker! It is 5 feet by 1 foot.

  2. cacher_chick

    cacher_chick Test, Don't Guess!

    Jan 5, 2008
    Test, Don't Guess!
    Land of Cheese
    The only way to answer the question would be to know how many pounds of copper that you have, and what the going rate for copper is where you live.

    If there are any other non-copper parts on the appliance, then it is "mixed metal", which here, is worth much less than an object of entirely one type of metal.
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  4. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    It varies daily, but it's around $2/pound around here. Somewhat depends on how clean. An old waterheater could be full of mineral deposits. Might pay to cut it open, clean it out and take off any non-copper parts. Depends on how much your time is worth, too.
  5. boat dude

    boat dude New Member

    Oct 12, 2012
    you possibly do better by selling it to a store that sells water heaters for thier showroom
  6. kreemoweet

    kreemoweet In the Trades

    Sep 7, 2009
    Seattle. WA
    Is that thing at all functional? Some people will pay absolutely astonishing prices for crummy old plumbing fixtures. My town has entire stores that
    specialize in the sort of junk I've been tossing in the dumpster for decades!
  7. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    The value of anything is what someone will pay for it. As stated, if it is an old Servel heater, there might be an "antique" store that would want to for resale.
  8. Master Plumber Mark

    Master Plumber Mark Master Plumber

    Feb 6, 2005
    Sensitivity trainer.. plumber of mens souls
    indianapolis indiana - land of the free, home of
    dont scrap the heater

    please dont scrap the heater just yet....

    .its not worth that much compared to its rarity.

    show me a picture of what you have.... I would really like to see it...

    I might be interested in buying it for my store front window..

    there is one on e-bay selling for 250 bucks,,, plus shipping right now

    post a picture of it or sell it on e-bay
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