Posted by nicksanspam on February 15, 2006, 11:48 am
Please remove this topic from alt.solar.thermal,
home of "practical uses of the sun's heat."
Posted by Steve Spence on February 12, 2006, 3:09 pm
Drew Cutter wrote:
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Posted by Drew Cutter on February 12, 2006, 4:27 pm
I looked at the site . I'm going to put fireplace insert into my
existing gas fireplace (read somewhere were i can use the gas to light
the (new) wood fireplace). Cast iron better than other material ? what
feature should i be looking at ? catalytic combustor fireplace inserts ?
Steve Spence wrote:
Posted by Jeff Thies on February 13, 2006, 4:27 pm
Drew Cutter wrote:
I've got a Fisher insert here, I think they no longer make them.
My gut feeling is that having half the stove in the fireplace cuts down
on efficiency. A fan (blowing through the insert shell) should help keep
the temps down and cut the thermal loss through the fireplace wall.
Cast iron better than other material ? what
Having just looked at the stoves at Lehman's, you'll find that they come
with efficiency and polution ratings. You'll be spending some money on a
"modern" wood stove.
Posted by barry on February 13, 2006, 9:05 pm
Don't count on gas for lighting wood. Most unlikely.
There are many excellent cast-iron and welded stoves, among the current
crop of EPA-approved, low particulate emission units. Note that these
emissions contain many carcinogens, so you may want to filter what you
hear from the DIY barrel-stove people. The challenge has been to get
secondary combustion to be reliable over a wide output range and
complete, without hurting overall efficiency.
Catalyst does require periodic replacement, costs $, and cannot be
managed visually. By that I mean being able to tell at a glance if it's
working properly. With non-catalyst stove, you can see that secondary
combustion flames are there at the air nozzles, or not, and proceed