It's easy to get suckered into buying something from the Amish. They make great quilts, everything is made by hand, and their pies are to die for. No doubt they're great farmers and know their way around a workbench.
Their latest item up for sale on infomercials and in newspaper ads around the country, -- the Heat Surge Roll-n-Glow Fireplace -- is an electric heater from China wrapped in an expensive wooden mantle that the Amish make. It sells for about $300, according to a New York Times story.
A small space heater costs about $30 -- considerably less, although it doesn't include the warm feel and look of what ads describe as the "miracle invention" of the Amish. Here's one of the commercials: