We are please to announce that we are now shipping pre-cast rocket heater cores. They come in 3 sizes and can be shipped via UPS. These cores will tend to run much hotter than a normal rocket heater, so you may consider downsizing. They were designed by Peter Van den Burg and are the state of the art. Attached is the family portrait.
I'm interested in the 6" Heater and would like to know more about the box option. As I didn't see a contact on the Dragon Fire site I turn to you-how is box worth the extra $$. Isn't it a customizedi steel thermal painted box?
Could the 4" be used with a gas style water heater, to force the exhaust down through the water heater's vent tube and then out of the house from the bottom? Specificly, could I put a 4" core and barrel on the main floor, and then force the exhaust down into the basement and through the water heater before exit?
The price differential between the complete unit that Zaug offers and the Dragon Heater barrelless box unit or the two of those versus the Drago Heater cores is significant. However the Dragon Heater website has no contact info so I can't ask such basic questions as which (used?) barrels work best, which to avoid, is the barrel welded to the box and when will a photo of the box be on the site. Probably directions would come with the the core or box however I'm not ready to commit my funds without feedback. Answers to either the technical or the contact issue eagerly awaited!
And you did a thorough job of answering questions once contacted-thanks. Hope your website builder has been properly harangued as it was most frustrating to not be able to tell a company that you can't tell them...
Marcos Buenijo wrote:Looks great. I like the secondary air supply.
I agree they look good... but I don't see where they've been tested with a full installation.
The secondary air supply sounds good on paper (it's a clean-burn feature in woodstove design, to counteract the operator's tendency to close down the primary air feed).
It also works OK in outdoor mockups when working with the J-tube or combustion chamber alone.
But with the load of a full thermal mass system, our experience has been that any secondary air downstream of the feed tends to produce a 'leaky siphon' effect where the downdraft through the wood is diminished. I have seen a few folks (notably Matt Walker) who've made a secondary air feed work by diminishing the size of the primary feed, and/or by super-cautious handling during the burn. Would love to hear more about how this is working in actual installations.
Possibly you have compensated with some other feature to boost draft and overcome this effect? Or you're pulling air from within the feed, and re-feeding it, so the opening itself has no change in draft?
When we boosted draft, it tended to make the burn dirtier... your model may be balancing these requirements differently somehow.
We're not going to advocate these until we've had a chance to play with one in person, but I'm excited to see that they're out there. Would love to hear reports from beta testers on performance with full thermal mass in actual buildings.