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Magic Heat heat reclaimer
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R Rahmier    Posted 01-25-2003 at 08:16:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We burn a wood stove I've always been tempted to by one of those magic heat reclaimers that go into the stove pipe. Does anybody have one does it work? Does it cut down on the draft and make the stove smoke?

nico in alaska    Posted 09-09-2009 at 00:19:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
that all depends on youre stove pipe langht and if u keep it clean if you run into a problem with it smoking it is a quick fix just add a 3 foot or 6 foot piece of pipe to the top of youre pipe re-install you china cap or stove pipe cap and it should salve your problems. what that does is creats draft how you say heat rises if you keep it contained it creats "sucktion" pulling the smoke out more pipe more pull"MPMP"

True Value    Posted 02-08-2007 at 20:41:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yes, They work great. I am currently in search of repair parts for one I owne now. It's maybe 2o years old or more and this is the first repair it's needed. All I Can locate are new units for 130.00. No parts or company info.
P.S. They put out a lot of extra heat that is normaly lost up the Chimney...

Don    Posted 12-30-2005 at 12:22:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
I installed one on a fireplace insert in my shed. A thermostat below and above the unit shows it lowers chimney heat by about 200 degrees. It works very well for me and I'm considering a unit for my oil furnace. The fan is a bit noisey.

John    Posted 09-21-2006 at 07:29:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The fan is noisy...What damage will be done by unplugging the
fan for those quiet moments that we all crave while sitting near
the fire.

J    Posted 10-05-2005 at 18:45:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
So on an open hearth fireplace would I be able to install one of these about 12' up to get heat into the upstairs rooms?

Dean Jordan    Posted 02-15-2004 at 16:01:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Does any one know where I can buy one of these Magic Heat Reclainers??? Maybe a name of the Mfg. that I could call... Thank you.. Dean Jordan

Paul E. Pockets    Posted 01-03-2005 at 22:51:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I can vouch that they work well as long as you're not afraid of a good hot fire. I have worked with them both in shops and in the home, at several differant places. (though some were better than others.)
As of where to buy one, if you are still looking, Northern Tool Co. has been known to carry them.

RayP(MI)    Posted 01-25-2003 at 16:41:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wonder if one of those would work in my propane fired clothes dryer vent pipe. Could be wired to run with the dryer motor.

Salmoneye    Posted 01-25-2003 at 08:52:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
They do work...However they will cut down on the heat going up the chimney and do restrict draft to a minor extent...If you regularly burn your stove at about 300 degrees at 2 foot above the fire box (barely in the 'acceptable' zone) you may leach off enough heat in the upper stack to have your gases precipitate out more tars (creosote)...In this case I would remove and clean the whole pipe at least every month during the burning season...If you regularly burn at 450 degrees, you may be fine all the way up the stack...Even if you burn 'hot' enough, I would clean the whole shooting match half way through the winter...

They do indeed work...Just take a tad more care...

Pitch    Posted 01-25-2003 at 08:46:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I burned wood I used to have one on the stove, It did'nt affect the performance of the stove any but it did make cleaning more difficult. o clean the chimeney and do it properly you had to remove the unit to run a brush thru the stove pipe. The unit itself has a cleaning mechanism on it and it did soot up pretty fast and I would clean it at least once a day. I always was concerned that it was removing enough heat from the chiminey to increase the amount of creosote build up. The fan was also quite noisey. I could'nt really say wether it helped heating wise or not as it was always there.

Jerry Bliler    Posted 01-26-2003 at 09:00:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
They do work, the amount is directly related to how hot you run your stove. In my workshop I run a stove temp over #500 degrees. this is with a 14 ft ceiling and nothing burnable nearby!!!A heat reclamer over doubled my heat capacity and lets me burn less wood to heat a 30 by 40 shed. I would NEVER recomend running a household stove that hot however.

old fart    Posted 01-26-2003 at 23:19:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have used one on the stove in the house, I had the one that was completely open. No veins to soot up. It had a air chamber around it and a thermostatic fan on it to pull the radiant heat off of it. It was no extra work, just a seasonal cleaning as long as you are burning seasoned wood. No different that the rest of the system.

xubi    Posted 02-11-2007 at 14:22:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I got one, and it works fairly well, but I really wish that it used convection currents rather than a fan. The istructions say that not running the fan (which is a bit noisy)when you are having a fire will lead to overheating and damage to the electrical elements.
It seems like tilting the tubes to a 45 0r 60 degree angle would create a natural convection current, and increase the surface area of the heat exchanger. This would probably reduce efficiency a little bit, but you would not be using electricity either.

DR    Posted 04-07-2007 at 13:12:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We just had our homeowners insurance company tell us that we had to remove the heat reclaimer from our wood stove or they would cancel our policy. Has anyone else had that experience?

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