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will this work for removing smoke from the firebox if installed in the chimney?
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Does this kit come with the 2 pipe clamps needed?
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will this work for removing smoke from the firebox if installed in the chimney?
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Does this kit come with the 2 pipe clamps needed?

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Magic Heat Reclaimer for Wood, Oil or Coal Stove - 6 in., Model# MH-6-R

Item# 17278
Installs into flue of your wood, oil or coal furnace or heater except Item# 172781 which is only for use with gas stoves. Magic Heat Reclaimer consists of 10 heat-exchanger tubes and a thermostatically controlled fan to blow warmed air into the room. Turns on at 150 and off at 110F. 115 Volts. Produces 225 CFM and 8000 to 30,000 BTU. Peak performance is maintained by the use of Flue Stove Pipe cleaner our Item# 172801. 18 1/4in.H x 10 5/8in.W x 14 1/4in.D. Please measure flue before ordering. U.S.A. Dimensions L x W x H in. 18 1/4 x 10 5/8 x 14 1/4, Volts 115, CFM 225, Includes 1 Reclaimer, Common Usage Heat reclaimer, Works With Wood, oil, coal stove, Auto On/Off Turns on at 150 and off at 110F, Flue Collar Size in. 6, BTU Output 8,000-30,000, Mount Type Vertical mounting only. 120 V Blower Fan has 6 ft. cord, 3 prong plug Note Allow 18in. clearance between stove and heat reclaimer Crimp on the bottom
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Questions & Answers for Magic Heat Reclaimer for Wood, Oil or Coal Stove - 6 in., Model# MH-6-R

Question

Any way to use this heat reclaimer with an outdoor wood boiler?

We have an oil fired boiler with old radiators in our 1846, mostly uninsulated house. We had an outdoor wood boiler installed a couple of years ago and will be using it exclusively to heat this winter. I was reading all the great reviews on the Magic Heat reclaimer and wondered if there is any way at all to use one with our present heating system.
Thanks in advance for any info provided.
 
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asked 3 years, 10 months ago
by
ataloss
 - Central NH
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The heat reclaimers are intended to be used with; Wood, Oil or Coal stoves only.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
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ProductExpert27
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answer 2
In all honesty, not really. The porpose of the reclaimer is to dump heat from the stack pipe into the room where the boiler is located before it goes out the chimney serving two purposes, the first to reduce the amount of heat lose and second heat a space that would not have gotten heated in the first place (usually basement). I would not fabricate any type of duct work because the plate scraper handle would then be concealled in the ductwork. sorry but this unit wouldn't work well in your application for installation of an outside wood boiler.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
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fivestarheating
 - New Hampshire
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answer 3
If you have an "outside" wood boiler, then this is not for you. You would need an insulated air duct from your house out to the wood boiler's smoke stack, where the Magic Heat needs to be installed, then another insulated air duct to bring the hot air back to the house. NOT practical.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
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Charles03608
 - New Hampshire
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Question

what is the max height the reclaimer can go above the fire box, as in can it go into the next level up of a house

asked 3 years, 6 months ago
by
madred
 - New Zealand
on Magic Heat Reclaimer for Wood, Oil or Coal Stove - 6 in., Model# MH-6-R
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The heat reclaimer should be installed between 15" - 24" from the flue on the stove and maintain 18" clearance from any combustable.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
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ProductExpert27
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answer 2
Your Magic Heat reclaimer should come with a list of recommended clearances and those should be fine however your best bet is to have your local fire chief come to your house and let him give you what he feels is a safe distance. Believe it or not your local fire chief has more jurasdiction in applications such as this then the national fire codes. In all the magic heat reclaimers I have installed, i have cut a short length of 24 guage stovepipe around five to six inches(keep the crimped side) slide the side without the crimped edge over the magic heat reclaimer and screw with self tapping screws in three places staggering the screws. the crimped end will then go into the chimney. (This short piece of 24 guage stove pipe serves two purposes, the first is for easier installation into the chimney and second, it gives you the ability to drill a small hole for the efficiency test tools to check the draft between the chimney and the magic heat reclaimer.) the next thing to remember is to install a barometric damper (should already have one installed in the flue pipe) this damper is for proper adjustment of the draft. last make proper connection into the heating appliance. (note make sure all connections (crimps are facing towards the chiney and all seams in flue pies are staggered and screwed together with atleast three screws per joint. and the last thing is to drill a small hole between the heating appliance and the barometric damper to ensure correct draft adjustment for the combustion burner. The only other thing I didnt mention is either have an electrician wire in an outlet that is not going to be shut off accidently by a light switch, needs power 24/7 to this outlet. The Magic Heat Reclaimer fan works off of a thermal disc, when the temperature rises as the heating unit is running for heat or hot water, once the operating temperature is reached the fan will turn off, when the heating unit shuts off the fan will continue to run until the differential is reached in the operating thermal disc. The fan may come on one more time because of heat rise from inside the heating appliance but most probably for a much shorter cycle the second time, this isn't a malfunction with the reclaimer it is how it is designed. With all that being said, you may have a problem if you set the magic heat reclaimer to far away from the unit as you will have alot of heat loss through the flue pipe between the heating unit and the reclaimer. As I mentioned the reclaimer operates off a thermal disc and it only turns on when the temperature reaches its operating temp. You may find it short cycles alot if you install it on a second floor. personally I wouldn't do that application with this reclaimer. If you even went to the extreme of designing ductwork from the reclaimer to the second floor you would be blocking the cleaning scraper plate/handle and that wouldn't be good either. Hope the information I have given you is helpful.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
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fivestarheating
 - New Hampshire
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answer 3
manual says max 24" above heater/stove top
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
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Macduff
 - Clinton Corners NY
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Question

Any Dangers?

Has anyone heard of chimney fires while using these units? Condensation of gasses increasing the creosote amt. esp. in cold temps ?
asked 2 years, 2 months ago
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Anonymous
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The unit comes with a soot scraper plate to help remove soot which reduces the chance of fire. In cold temperatures the manufacturer recommends the fire to burn at the temperature of 280 degrees F up to 1000 degrees F, to help reduce the amount of soot.
 
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answered 2 years, 2 months ago
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ProductExpert35
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answer 2
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I've not heard any increase in fire dangers related to the use of the heat reclaimer. The mfr does have recommendations to help keep it clean. It appears that if you give your chimney the attention it needs over time you'll not experience any issues.
answered 2 years ago
by
chickenwire
 - SW Michigan
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answer 3
YES, YES, YES! That is why not everyone should use them. It depends on your venting system and the way you burn! Preferably you have an inside chimney instead of one that goes up on the outside of the house. An inside chimney is already warmer since much of it is inside the house. Note: Creosote is just smoke that condenses as it cools, and builds up flammable creosote as the result. To keep from building up creosote, (and many times worse is "glaze" which looks like rock hard tar), you must keep the smoke, and therefore the venting system hot! To keep the smoke hot, you should: burn hotter fires instead of smouldering ones and burn DRY wood only! I don't usually recommend using a heat reclaimer unless the chimney is an insulated factory built metal chimney, or the chimney has been relined with an insulated stainless steel liner. If the chimney is inside the house, and it has a small flue (about 7"x7"), and you burn dry wood with hot fires, you very well may not have a problem even if it isn't lined with an insulated stainless steel liner, BUT be watchful about what builds up in the flue!! Glaze is VERY difficult to remove, and burns wicked if it catches fire!!
Sidenote: People still believe you can not burn softwood trees such as pine, spruce, fir, hemlock, etc.
THAT IS FALSE!! A number of years ago, 3 separate
tests at different places (and also my own experience) showed that the amount of creosote buildup with softwood was the same, or LESS, than hardwood. The thing that matters is the wood, whether softwood or hardwood has to be DRY!!! A load of softwood won't burn as long as a load of hardwood since softwood isn't as dense as hardwood, but it's great! Also, I think you will have alot less coals building up inside the stove after the wood is burned down, so you don't have them in the way of putting in more wood like you often experience with hard wood.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
by
GodBless
 - Ct.
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What is the round knob on the front for?

asked 1 year, 9 months ago
by
Anonymous
 - LHC
on Magic Heat Reclaimer for Wood, Oil or Coal Stove - 6 in., Model# MH-6-R
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The round knob is attached to the cleaning rod. A pull and a push will clear any soot build up off the exchanger tubs.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
by
Streakndeacon
 - Billings, MT
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answer 2
Staff Answer
The knob located in the front of the Magic Heat Reclaimer is for soot removal.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
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ProductExpert40
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answer 3
There is a flat plate inside the unit that slides back and forth around the tubes which helps to scrape creosote buildup off the tubes. The black knob on the rod is what moves the flat plate. Do it often! If you let it go to long, you may not be able to move it at all and you'd have to take the unit down and try to clean the whole thing out in order to free it up.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
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GodBless
 - Ct.
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Can the magic heat unit be installed between 2 sections of class a chimney pipe, instead of between 2 sections of single wall black stove pipe.

asked 4 years, 3 months ago
by
bb52
 - Naples, NY.
on Magic Heat Reclaimer for Wood, Oil or Coal Stove - 6 in., Model# MH-6-R
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It can be used on class A chimney pipe, if the pipe is only used for extra insulation not for draft. It has to be fitted on the inside pipe.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
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productexpert99
 - NTExpert
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answer 2
yes, I did this in New Jersey. There are many types of class a chimney pipe and you may have to buy a short connector. I installed it between the furnace and the first section of double pipe and did not require anything. Just cut the existing pipe to allow space for the reclaimer.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
by
fritz396
 - Atlanta, GA
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Question

coal stove

Has anyone used the reclaimer on an Alaska self-feed coal stove or hand feed coal stove? I would assume that I would get the same results. Just curious. Thanks.
asked 4 years, 1 month ago
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coalburner
 - PA
on Magic Heat Reclaimer for Wood, Oil or Coal Stove - 6 in., Model# MH-6-R
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This unit is commonly used on coal stoves. All you need to do is match the size of your flue.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
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ProductExpert13
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answer 2
I completely agree you should achieve the same results. The Magic Heat Reclaimer operates off hot flue gasses and if the temperature is high then the Reclaimer will certainly help, however if your stack temp is around 300 to 350 then the reclaimer may cause more damage. You need around 300 to 350 (ideal) degrees ferenheit up your chimney, lower temps will possibly cause moisture in the chimney and create ice. I have seen it before not with a magic heat reclaimer but on heating units with a low stack temp of 250 to 275 degrees up the chimney and have seen the results from a plugged chimney with ice to unlined chimneys falling over because the moisture mixed with the chemicals in the flue gasses ate the morter between the bricks/blocks.. I am not sure at how clean a coal stove burns but if you get a trace of smoke at the chimney when the coal unit is running make sure you use the scraping plate to clean the tubes alittle more frequently then recommended.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
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fivestarheating
 - New Hampshire
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Question

This magic heat,con be connect to a steam boiler line

Can this magic heat,be connect into a 6'" steam boiler line thank you S G
asked 3 years, 8 months ago
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Anonymous
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answer 1
This unit operates off hot flue gases that pass through your heating unit into your chimney. You cannot install this device into a steam line. as steam cools it turns back into water this would destroy the magic heat reclaimer not to mention probably short out the fan.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
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fivestarheating
 - New Hampshire
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answer 2
Staff Answer
This Magic Heat cannot be connected to a steam boiler line due to the pressure in the line, and electric blower the unit has.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
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ProductExpert5
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can this product be use with triple wall dura vent?

asked 3 years, 6 months ago
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schiffty
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Triple wall dura vent is only recommended for use in the attic and outside of the home. The Magic Heat™ Reclaimer for Wood, Oil or Coal Stove will be used with single wall stove pipe.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
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ProductExpert9
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answer 2
No, this is for single wall stove pipe or similar - it fits vertically right above your stove/furnace (12-18inches), i.e. before the pipe goes out the wall/ceiling and into the triple wall.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
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MikeCT
 - New Milford, CT
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does the pipe damper stay installed, if so I guess on the bottom stove pipe

asked 2 years, 9 months ago
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Rolandooo
 - NH
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manual says install hand damper below Magic Heat
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
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Macduff
 - Clinton Corners NY
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answer 2
Staff Answer
If you are installing damper it should be above the reclaimer, this will prohibit any back draft from reaching the heat reclaimer and stove.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
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ProductExpert30
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Question

How many amps does the blower draw?

asked 3 years, 9 months ago
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Jimincolorado
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The draw is .13 amps.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
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