Jul 1, 2013
This is the written transcription of the video featuring pellet stove venting. If you have any questions, you should call us at 1-800-495-3196.
The MagnuM and Country Flame product line is listed for all types of Type L pellet venting. There are several different manufacturers on the market producing several different types and kinds of venting but they’re all approved to go on the MagnuM & Country Flame. You can get the standard type of venting that you see here where it’s stainless steel on the inside and galvanized on the outside. And these come in various grades. There’s what’s called the pellet grade which is the type PL. And that’s the standard type of venting that’s used for all pellet appliances. Today’s markets though require a wide variety of fuels being burned in appliances. And in particular the MagnuM & Country Flame appliances will burn corn and wood pellets, olive pits, cherry pits and a host of other new biomass fuels. So there has to be specialty type venting that works for this. Manufacturers of the venting have come across with what they called either a corn vent or a bio vent that will burn a number of fuels and not deteriorate the venting. Those pipes are available in different finishes like this particular bio vent here made by burner dolson, is a nice black finish. It’s also available in the galvanized finish. And it’s made to be liquid tight so it’s a very good pipe that was just introduced out on the market.
Simpson Dura Vent has both pellet vent and corn vent available. And now they’ve come out with a new bio vent that is more liquid tight so you don’t get the fly ash leaking out of the seams. And it will withhold the chemical reaction when you’re burning certain types of fuels , if the fuel is a little bit poorer quality, or if the fuel happens to have quite a bit of moisture. At this point what we’ll do is we’ll go through a few of the standard configurations and tell you just a little bit about what’s required for venting in your home to make sure that the job is done right. We strongly recommend that you use a trained professional when having the venting installed on your MagnuM or Country Flame appliance. Different municipalities, different cities, even different states vary in the requirements and the codes and the building codes in this. The manufacturer comes out with a set of instructions with every unit that tells you the basics. It tells you what the clearances to combustibles are, what the type of venting is to be used, it shows you a few illustrations on the different types of venting. But that’s only the basics. You need to make sure that you know what you’re doing or hire a trained professional to make sure that the appliance are installed correctly. If they do not get installed correctly, you could have problems with the actual operation of the appliance where it doesn’t want to run, or the vacuum sensors trip out. You could have problems with the venting plugging prematurely, or you might have trouble with the appliance just safely shutting down; and it’s a venting configuration problem.
So what we’re going to do is just touch just very lightly on a few things. The first thing you want to do when you have your unit installed is make sure that you have an adequate fresh air supply. There’s a fresh air hookup located on the back of every MagnuM & Country Flame appliance to make sure that you have the right combustion air so that your venting configuration can be balanced. Second thing you want to make sure of is that your home is actually balanced. Over Eighty percent of the homes in America today have a negative pressure problem. So an indoor air quality problem within the home. That can and will affect the performance of your appliance. It can be as simple as the fireplace sensors being just a little bit dirty or it can be that your appliance actually shuts down and the safety sensors will not make it operate. So make sure that you have adequate fresh air coming in. Make sure that your home is balanced. From there you want to make sure that your venting configuration is designed for the appliance, for the locale that your appliance is located in, and gauge for the type of altitude that you might be at.
The normal venting diameter that you will use in a typical application is 3 inch diameter. But in certain conditions you have to be able to switch up and use a four inch diameter pipe. Instances of that would be if you live in the mountains or if you live in high altitude areas. That’s where you want to switch over to four inch. And in the installation manual, there’s a graph in there that shows you at what altitude and under what conditions that you want to go to four inch. There might be other applications where you’ll want to go to four inch. One of those might be is if you locate your appliance in the basement of the home and there is a hard time getting the right configuration going out so your draft is poor. Then you’ll want to switch to four inch. If there is a question in your mind, just go to four inch right away and the appliance will work great.
Now, to show you a couple of the configurations to switching back and forth. This is a typical three inch stove adapter that would go onto the end of your appliance and then you put a three inch hose clamp on here. And this part fits right into the end of your tubing. And this shows a typical installation using three inch diameter piping that goes out through the wall. You have your length of pipe, a wall thimble that goes into your wall to get the required clearance to combustibles. And then when you go outside, you have your required – you have your required twelve inches of space and some type of termination cap. This is called a horizontal termination cap but there are several different variations on the market. And so you can choose which one fits your application. If you are deciding to up to a four inch diameter off of the unit and you are using a straight out the back installation, then you would use what’s called a three to four pipe adapter. So the same pipe adapter fits on the back of your appliance. Put your hose clamp on, tighten that down and then this would hook on to a four inch diameter pipe something similar to this. And then you would put your four inch wall thimble on and go out through the wall and hook the appliance up with a termination cap.
For part two of this demonstration or to watch other videos on installation and maintenance of Magnum appliances, visit our YouTube Channel.
Jun 7, 2013
When Dorothy and Wayne Ross’s fuel bill was nearing $1,000 a month, they knew they couldn’t keep heating their 3,200 square foot home as they had been. Something needed to change. Dorothy started researching her options and came across the idea of the Magnum Countryside Fireplace insert. They decided to remove an existing gas fireplace and replace it with the flex-fuel fireplace that allows them to burn a variety of renewable fuels.
“The heat is incredible,” says Dorothy. “We noticed the savings immediately.” The Ross’s have had their Countryside Fireplace insert for two years now, and feel that it actually paid for itself within the first season. “If you want a clean, energy efficient way to heat, this is definitely the way to go.”
Wood pellets have been the fuel of choice lately, but they’ve also had success with the abundant supply of cherry pits near their Maryland home. “I grew up on heat generated from burning coal, and I’ve had a variety of fireplace and electric heating appliances, but this pellet fireplace is so much warmer and cheaper. The heat is incredible.”
After installing their Countryside insert, friends took notice. “They started asking me about the appliance, if it heats my whole house, and the level of heat it’s able to put out.” After answering their questions and realizing she could help other people save money on heat, Dorothy contacted American Energy Systems about becoming a dealer. She has since sold quite a few pellet stoves and fireplaces to other people, and is really happy to help. “I love the money I save every year, and at the same time, I’m able to do something good for the environment.” Dorothy hopes you’ll explore renewable heat too.
Jan 29, 2013
If you own a wood burning fireplace or stove you know that there is a fine line between running your stove efficiently and wasting some energy and money. So we’ve assembled some helpful resources, ideas, and wood stove tips right here because we want you to get the most out of your wood burning experience.
For fireplace maintenance tips, read “Maintenance Tips for Your Wood-Burning Fireplace.”
For ideas on how to build the best fire in your stove or fireplace, read “How to build the perfect fire in your wood burning fireplace or stove.”
For a simple, yet great idea for making wood chopping a little easier, watch this video. The use of an old tire helps keep wood in place while chopping.
For technical questions about your Magnum Countryside or Country Flame stoves or fireplaces, consult your manual, search our YouTube Channel or contact Techcenter1 at 320-227-2902 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a tip or link to a great resource, please share it in our comments section. We love hearing from you.
Oct 16, 2012
If you have questions about buying a wood fireplace, you’ve come to the right place. According to Census data, over 2.4 million homes heat with wood and the rising percentage is “faster than any other heating fuel,” as published in USAToday. More people every day begin researching whether this alternative heating option is right for them. With foreign oil prices high and the economy struggling to rebound, it’s understandable that Americans are looking for less expensive ways to heat their homes.
People explore wood fireplaces for a variety of reasons, but the common include:
An ample supply of wood for fuel. If you live in an area where wood is readily available and abundant, a wood fireplace or wood stove may be a good option for you. Not all wood is the same, and it’s not all the best for burning in your home. Learn more about kind, quality, and condition of wood you should burn in a fireplace.
Saving money on heating bills. This is another driving force for most people. Wood burning stoves and fireplaces are not the same as they were years ago. They’ve come a long way in technology, heat efficiency, and esthetics. Heating with wood can save you plenty of money, put out more heat than an older, traditional furnace, and “exceed expectations” as one owner puts it.
Inclement weather. Living in an area with frigid weather, frequent storms, and cumbersome power-outages is often another reason people seek out the reliable heat of a wood fireplace. Wood fireplaces and inserts can keep your house or business warm during a power outage, and we’ve posted more details here.
Whether you want to join the ranks of other American families who are happy with their choice in heat or simply want more information on the differences in fireplaces, American Energy Systems is your “go-to” place for information. You can speak with a heating specialist about your specific questions or concerns, or post them here and we’ll respond.
Apr 15, 2012
Alternative Heating Systems and Supplies, LLC is a family owned business located in Coward, SC. They are dealers of our MagnuM Countryside appliances, and share their story of how owners, Mack and Karen Evans began searching for a better way to heat their home that was more economical and Eco-friendly. After researching online as well as reading everything they could find on the subject, they traveled to examine other heating systems. Finally, they came upon what they had been searching for – Magnum and Countryside Heaters. Alternative Heating Systems and Supplies offers on the spot financing and go out of their way to insure their customers are happy.
They recently shared this customer story with us, highlighting one customer’s savings over the past eight years!
“I purchased my Magnum Baby Countryside Corn and Pellet stove heater eight years ago and it has served me well. It has worked trouble free; all I have to do is keep it clean and keep the fuel clean and dry.
It’s safe! If I open any doors on the unit, it will shut off (except the feed door.) There is no smell inside or outside of my house and there is no smoke; just clean heat. My heater heats all five rooms!” Jerry McRae
Anyone in the Coward, South Carolina area looking for corn or wood pellet burning stoves and fireplaces should stop in and see Mack and Karen at Alternative Heating Systems and Supplies on Hwy 52; directions and map.
Apr 2, 2012
Yes, Magnum Countryside and Country Flame furnaces, fireplace inserts, and stoves can be connected to a low voltage or millivolt wall thermostat. The control boards are not designed however to work with an electronic thermostat that requires power from the appliance.
When the wall thermostat calls for heat the appliance will go to the heat setting that has been pre-selected. When the wall thermostat has been satisfied (the room is up to temperature), the appliance will go to a pilot fire that is pre-programmed into the appliance. If you have the auto ignition system and are operation on fully automatic, the appliance will shut down completely until the wall thermostat calls for heat and then it will light the unit and run at the pre-set heat setting.
If you are ready to buy, but have some very specific questions for us, we’d love to help you get the answers you need. Call 1-800-495-3196.
Feb 23, 2012
Here are some beautiful pictures of a Country Flame Crossfire Corn and Wood Pellet Fireplace Insert. These pictures were taken of the Crossfire Fireplace installation in a home near Wilton, MN by Haefner Renewable Heating (Email: email@example.com) for more information or help finding a renewable heating appliance in the Bemidji/Wilton, MN area.
Do you have pictures of your Magnum Countryside or Country Flame fireplace or stove you’d like to share with us? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dec 29, 2011
Yes. In our catalytic line of wood stoves, the Country Flame model O2 is approved for use in zero-clearance fireplaces. It is specifically designed to fit into a very short fireplace at only 17 ½” in height. For more information on catalytic and non-catalytic terminology.
What is a zero-clearance fireplace?
A zero-clearance fireplace makes installing a fireplace in an existing home an affordable reality for many people. The Country Flame Model 02 is designed to take advantage of existing space and available venting/prefabricated chimney structures. It is important to check with the manufacturer of your Zero Clearance Fireplace to see if they allow the installation of a wood burning appliance into their fireplace. Sometimes it is best to take the Zero Clearance Fireplace out to accommodate the installation of your Country Flame Model O2 wood burning fireplace.
Dec 11, 2009
American Energy Systems has a rich history of providing superior corn stoves and flex-fuel heating appliances; including fireplaces and furnaces. We are pleased to offer a blog community to people passionate about using alternative energy to heat their homes and offices.
If you want to shop online and skip directly to our extensive Magnum and Country Flame product lines, please jump over to our Main Website at Magnum Heat. To go directly to our Magnum E-com Store click here.
Cme2heatitup on Ebay, one of American Energy System’s Resellers, sells overstock, scratch and dent, and special promotion units for wholesale prices. These are one of a kind items and deals, as Cme2heatitup is the ONLY authorized AES online Reseller that can sell DEMO units for full factory warranty.
If a show room is more your style, and you’d love to see a corn or pellet stove in action, you can find a dealer near you! Just use our Magnum and Country Flame locator!
For a fun, new community of people passionate about heating their homes with alternative energy, you can join our Fan Page on Facebook. Be sure to leave us a comment so we can say “hi”!
We are active on Twitter now too, so follow us at Twitter.com/alternativeheat Be sure to @ reply so we can follow you back! We love the discussions on Twitter going on about green living, saving money, burning corn, and alternative energy for heat. Weigh in!
We are working hard to offer countless videos featuring all our our Magnum and Country Flame products. Dozens of easy to understand and helpful demonstrational videos are posted on Magnum Heat channel of YouTube. From trouble shooting and venting, to choosing your corn or wood pellets to buy, we’re here to help.