Installation, Operation and
Do's & Don'ts
Starting a Fire
Keep Your Fireplace from Becoming Extinct
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Read this entire page before installing the EcoFire™ Super-Grate in your
Check your fireplace: Make sure that fireplace and flue are in good condition.
If evidence of deterioration of the fireplace or flue is found, EcoFire™
Super-Grate should not be installed until after appropriate repairs have
been made. If you have any doubts about the condition of your fireplace
or flue, check with local fire officials or an appropriate professional.
EcoFire™ Super-Grate must fit entirely within the fireplace cavity, behind
glass doors or fireplace screen, to prevent smoke from discharging into
the room or hot coals from spilling into the room. EcoFire™ Super-Grate
fits most fireplaces that are at least 17" deep.
Only use natural wood & clean newspapers without colored inks.
Don't over-fire or keep fan motor on HIGH. Turn down to normal range
after fire is lit.
Never use gasoline or other flammable liquids to start or freshen a fire.
No tampering. Do not modify or alter EcoFire™ Grate in any way. This
is dangerous and may void the warranty.
Do not run the electrical cord across the front of the fireplace to reach
a convenient outlet.
Do not touch the grate while it is in use... HOT! Please wait until you
are sure that the grate has cooled completely before handling.
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
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
ash from the grate, and empty the ash pan.
PRACTICES / HELPFUL HINTS:
Always dispose of ashes in a closed metal container after they have cooled
to room temperature.
Fire screens should be used whenever the fire is open to the room.
EcoFire™ Super-Grate may be used with glass doors closed, but please be
sure to keep the vents open to promote proper airflow.
Avoid hot coals near the electrical cord and blower. The electrical cord
and the blower housing have been insulated appropriate to their positions
in the front portion of the fireplace. However, there is a limit to it's
ability to withstand extreme temperature.
To prolong the life of your EcoFire™ Super-Grate and to prevent damage,
care should be exercised to prevent any hot coals from resting on or near
the power cord or blower housing. EcoFire™ Super-Grate works
best with minimum airflow.
Over-firing can result in dangerously high temperatures and excessive
wood consumption. A single layer of logs is recommended. A second
layer of logs does not benefit from the clean and complete combustion of
those in direct contact with EcoFire™ Super-Grate, resulting in less
heat output, and increased pollution. After a layer of logs burns out,
spread the coals in to the channels before adding new logs. Place new logs
at the rear, moving existing log to the front to make room. A slight gap
between the logs produces the hottest/cleanest fire. Large single logs,
or damp/wet wood are easily burned by using slightly increased blower
airflow. Additionally, you will find it easier to burn large single logs,
or damp/wet wood after the fireplace is heated and coals exist on the grate.
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
The fireplace brings up such great memories -- families gathered round
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
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
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
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
estimate of 5,500 tons of pollution per winter season, the BAAQMD should
on cleaning up the estimated 1.5 million existing fireplaces", states Loël
president of Andiron Technologies, Inc.. "With the new retrofit technology,
have the ability to reduce the impact of woodsmoke pollution dramatically."
Pollutants from our fireplaces directly impact our children’s health and
environment, particularly in valleys and densely populated areas. The good
is that a new technology developed by Andiron Technologies, Inc. may solve
problem by making fireplaces burn cleaner. The EPA, as well as local Air
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
considering a public awareness campaign this fall aimed at encouraging
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
[$1,500 -$4,000] 2) Convert your fireplace to gas only which entails re-plumbing
gas. [$1,000 and up] or: 3) Slip in an Andiron Technologies EcoFire unit,
you are making an ecological difference and yet still enjoying the warmth
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.
easy, inexpensive retrofit unit that slips into the open fireplace to make
clean-burning. A traditional fireplace emits between 12 and 24 grams of
matter per kilogram of wood burned and 126 g/kg of Carbon Monoxide. The
EcoFire Super-Grate, Andiron’s retrofit fireplace enhancer, reduces these
dramatically and tests at 2.8 g/kg of particulate matter and 25 grams of
Monoxide. "In the San Francisco area, for example, if one quarter of the
used the EcoFire Grate, the particulate matter (pollution) would be minimized
approximately 1,000 tons per season," stated Ms. McPhee.
The Andiron Technologies EcoFire was developed by Dr. Richard Smith, a
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,
about burning smart, clean and efficiently.
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Page 2: details
on the Ecofire
Page 3: pictures
Page 4: operation
Page 5: questions
Page 6: ordering
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