1986 - Volume #10, Issue #6, Page #31[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Micro Furnace - Powerful, Small HeaterLatest in space heaters is the "Micro Furnace", a powerful, portable electric heater that's smaller than a basketball, yet puts out a whopping 5,200 btu's ù enough to heat a room, workshop, garage or camper.
"It's an inexpensive and safe way to put warmth where you need it," says Jim Gilmour, marketer of the furnace you can put in the palm of your hand. It can warm a 10 by 10-ft. room, with average insulation, from 50? to 70? in about 15 min. and costs about a dollar a day to run."
The Micro Furnace, measuring only 5 by 5¥ by 6?-in., uses a ceramic disk made of barium titanate as the heating component. The disk, honey-combed to allow air to flow through, is coated with brass and silver to ensure proper electrical contact. A five-blade fan pulls air through the disk and out into the room. The fan can be operated separately from the heating element if you just want to circulate air.
The disk stays at a constant 380?F. However, as air in the room gets warmer, the disk requires less electricity to stay at 380?.
"The name Micro Furnace refers only to its tiny size. It has nothing to do with microwaves," Gilmour notes.
He adds that the Micro Furnace housing stays cool to the touch, even when run continuously 24 hours a day. "At 380?, the ceramic disk is below the ignition temperature of most household materials. You can place a Kleenex on the disk and it won't ignite. The heater's as safe as a bedside clock radio," says Gilmour. "The only part of it to get hot is the front grill."
The new Micro Furnace comes with a 5-year warranty and sells for $159.95.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Microman Marketing Systems Inc., P.O. 618, Walhalla, N.D. 58282 (ph 800 665-0476).
In Canada, Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Microman Marketing Systems, P.O. Box 2710, Morden, Man. R0G 1J0 (ph 204 822-5080).
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