Installation, Operation and Maintenance

Do's & Don'ts
Starting a Fire
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Keep Your Fireplace from Becoming Extinct
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Do's & Don'ts
1.It's probably best if you start by cleaning out your fireplace. Remove the old grate, any  unburned wood and ashes.  Dispose of ashes in a closed  metal container, after  they have completely  cooled.  If you  have not  done so already, visually check the condition of the fireplace, flue & chimney, both inside and outside.

2.Attach blower to the main grate. Line up the blower with the main grate,  making sure that the parts are flush. Tighten screw to hold in place.

3.Insert the end log retainer bars in between the hot coals retaining bars, and  turn.

4.Insert EcoFire™ Super-Grate completely in a clean fireplace cavity, against  the rear wall.

5.The electrical cord should be directed out of and away from the fireplace,  so that the uninsulated part of the cord is not exposed to direct heat from  the fire.

6.If the fireplace has glass doors, modifications to the doors may be necessary to bring the cord out of the fireplace yet allow the doors to close normally. We suggest that the electrical cord be led out of the fireplace between the glass door structure and the fireplace wall at the hearth. Some trimming of the glass door structure may be necessary.
7.Place ash pan under the grate

8.Plug into a standard electrical outlet. You're ready to start a fire.

1.Open the fireplace flue all of the way

2.Always start with a clean ash pan. Brush loose ash from the grate, and empty  the ash pan. (dispose of   ashes in a closed metal container, after they have completely cooled)

3.No kindling wood is  required, use only paper. Roll 2 full size sheets of  newspaper folded twice into a tight roll and slip into one of the channels  between the hollow grate bars. Repeat until all five channels contain a roll of newspaper.

 4.Make a paper igniter by lightly crumpling several sections of paper and twisting into one piece. Lay this piece crosswise on the grate so that it comes in contact with all 5 rolls of paper.

5.Place 2 logs on the grate. You may use 2 logs of equal size, but for best heat radiation into the room, use a large log and a small log. Place the large log behind the small log, with the paper igniter between.
6.Light the paper igniter at the ends and middle. Let it burn 10 - 20 seconds  until well ignited. Turn on the blower at full speed. Initially, the blower may whistle because of resonance in the pipes. However, this whistle disappears once a fire is started.
7.Watch the fire. In most circumstances, a roaring log fire is started in less than 10 minutes.

8.Turn down the blower to normal operating range after the logs have been lit and are burning well.

9.Adjust the fire to the desired intensity.

1.Allow the blower to run until the fire is completely out. Running the blower on low, all night if necessary, does not cause any harm.

2.Before starting another fire, always start with a clean ash pan. Brush loose

                                    ash from the grate, and empty the ash pan.


                                     New Model Ordinance passed by the Bay Area Air Quality Management
                                            Contact: Denley Rafferty, Andiron Technologies (650) 365-3125
                               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Woodside, California
                               November 29, 1998
    Keep Your Fireplace From Becoming Extinct
                                If We Don’t Start Burning Cleaner – Air Pollution Concerns Could Make Your
                                                     Fireplace Illegal.
                               The fireplace brings up such great memories -- families gathered round after a
                               holiday meal, a place to play with the kids just before bed time, and a place to curl
                               up with a great book and relax when you get home. Unfortunately those wonderful
                               warm moments may become only memories soon because of the pollution most
                               fireplaces generate.
                               Air Quality Control Boards around the country are restricting or even eliminating
                               the use of fireplaces in an effort to control pollution. A debate is currently going
                               on in the SF Bay Area at the BAAQMD (Bay Area Air Quality Management
                               District) over the elimination of traditional fireplaces in all new construction and
                               remodels. Proponents say that the new ordinances for the bay area are wrong,
                               because they close the door to the newly developed technologies for clean
                               "Rather than eliminate fireplaces in new construction which will add to the existing
                               estimate of 5,500 tons of pollution per winter season, the BAAQMD should focus
                               on cleaning up the estimated 1.5 million existing fireplaces", states Loël McPhee,
                               president of Andiron Technologies, Inc.. "With the new retrofit technology, we
                               have the ability to reduce the impact of woodsmoke pollution dramatically."
                               Pollutants from our fireplaces directly impact our children’s health and our
                               environment, particularly in valleys and densely populated areas. The good news
                               is that a new technology developed by Andiron Technologies, Inc. may solve this
                               problem by making fireplaces burn cleaner. The EPA, as well as local Air Control
                               Boards are enthusiastic about its potential, but it is important to get people to use
                               the new technology before we lose our right to burn.
                               In an effort to address the problem of fireplace pollutants, many Air Boards are
                               considering a public awareness campaign this fall aimed at encouraging people to
                               retrofit their fireplaces voluntarily. There are three choices for the fireplace at this
                               time: 1) Purchase and have installed a closed system insert similar to a woodstove.
                               [$1,500 -$4,000] 2) Convert your fireplace to gas only which entails re-plumbing for
                               gas. [$1,000 and up] or: 3) Slip in an Andiron Technologies EcoFire unit, knowing
                               you are making an ecological difference and yet still enjoying the warmth and
                               coziness inherent in an open wood-burning fireplace [less than $500].
                               Andiron Technologies, an environmental solutions product development
                               company, has one of first solutions for wood burning in the open fireplace. It’s an
                               easy, inexpensive retrofit unit that slips into the open fireplace to make it
                               clean-burning. A traditional fireplace emits between 12 and 24 grams of particulate
                               matter per kilogram of wood burned and 126 g/kg of Carbon Monoxide. The
                               EcoFire Super-Grate, Andiron’s retrofit fireplace enhancer, reduces these numbers
                               dramatically and tests at 2.8 g/kg of particulate matter and 25 grams of Carbon
                               Monoxide. "In the San Francisco area, for example, if one quarter of the fireplaces
                               used the EcoFire Grate, the particulate matter (pollution) would be minimized by
                               approximately 1,000 tons per season," stated Ms. McPhee.
                               The Andiron Technologies EcoFire was developed by Dr. Richard Smith, a top
                               combustion expert, who holds patents for rocket propulsion and an incinerator
                               design which enabled the waste management companies to burn garbage without
                               pollution. His invention may reshape the future of fireplaces.
                               Don’t wait to protect your favorite evenings in front of the fireplace, learn more
                               about burning smart, clean and efficiently.
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