2015 - Volume #39, Issue #1, Page #34[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Draft Inducers Fix Existing Stovepipes, Flues
“When the fire dies down and there is less heat going up the chimney, it’s common to get some backdraft when you go to stoke the fire,” notes Tom Tjernlund, Tjernlund Products. “Erratic draft can also be a problem on still days in the spring and fall when temperatures are in the 40 to 50-degree range or when conditions are windy. Our auto-draft inducers keep smoke moving up and out.”
The AD-1 in-line fan fits into a vertical flue and requires removal of a section of pipe. The paddle-type fan with its 1/2-amp motor is inserted through the hole and secured in place with clamps. Gaskets ensure a tight closure. Hot, ground and neutral wires from the fan are connected to the speed control. Suggested retail price is $139.95.
The RT series of chimney top fans are larger and somewhat more complex units. The 2-part system consists of a chimney mount and a 40-lb. fan that hinges to the mount.
“The lightweight base mounts to the chimney flue,” says Tjernlund. “Once it is secure, the fan is set in place and hinge pins are slipped into place. If the chimney needs to be cleaned or the fan accessed, the unit can be swung out of the way on the hinges.”
The units are available from online distributors and can be ordered by any heating and air conditioning dealer.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Tjernlund Products, Inc., 1601 Ninth St., White Bear Lake, Minn. 55110 (ph 651 426-2993 or 800 255-4208; www.tjernlund.com).
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