2012 - Volume #36, Issue #6, Page #35[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Save Money By Blowing Smoke
“Contractors, energy consultants and heating, ventilation and air conditioning technicians use the Smoke Pencil around duct work, doors, windows, chimney flues and more, finding and then sealing the leaks,” says Jason Raddenbach, The Chimney Balloon. “Homeowners can use it too. The process is easy. Just create a negative pressure in the house, and pull the trigger on the smoke pencil near a suspected or possible leak. Follow the smoke to find the leak.”
The smoke pencil releases a non-toxic, sweet smelling glycol, glycerin and water vapor solution, not actual smoke. A light on the pencil makes it easy to see the vapor cloud. To create the negative pressure in a house, turn the clothes dryer to fluff with no heat and turn on all bathroom vent fans.
“With the negative pressure, all the leaks and crevices will start drawing in air real strong,” says Raddenbach. “The smoke pencil makes it easy to see where the air is coming from.”
The Smoke Pencil has a locking trigger for safe toolbox storage. The Smoke Pencil and a 3 oz. bottle of non-toxic smoke fluid are priced at $34.99. Smoke fluid refills are priced at $4.99.
For a fine, but dense stream of smoke, get the SP Smoke Pencil Adapter Tip. The $14.99 option has a small low velocity fan that forces the smoke out of the restricted tip. It’s especially useful in small areas or where light air currents are difficult to detect.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Chimney Balloon LLC, 706 Brooks Rd., Mauldin, S.C. 29662 (ph 608 467-0229; www.smokepencil.com).
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