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Just wanted to express my sincere appreciation for the great service that you all offer.
installed the AD-1 in my stove pipe and it went just as Reiner said it would,
very simple to install, I set it
In late December, I talked with you about a downdraft problem in my wood stove and you recommended the AD-1 draft-inducer. This machine has worked beautifully on our woodstove. The fire lights much more easily, and the smoke does not escape through the side vents as it previously did. Also, the fire must burn more efficiently, because there is much less ash in the stove after a fire. The stove installer told me how the stove was supposed to perform, and assured me that a draft-induction fan was not necessary, but the stove never did what he said it would until I installed the fan!
It has been a pleasure doing business with you. Thanks for your advice and your service.
I just wanted to send you an e-mail regarding my recent purchase of one of your AD-1 Auto-Draft Inducer's for my wood burning stove at my second home in the Pocono Mountain region of Pennsylvania. My problem was smoke backing into the room from a "cold flue" start-up and the AD-1 fixed the problem immediately. After doing some research, I purchased the AD-1 from Volko Supply and dealt with Reiner Scherzinger. Mr. Scherzinger was very helpful in answering all my questions and offered several good suggestions to make installation easier.
I do offer some suggestions you might want to incorporate into your directions....
1.) Mr. Scherzinger suggested removing the pipe to ease installation and installing the AD-1 on the "horizontal" section of the single wall pipe that is between the stove and wall. He was right on the money on both these suggestions, it makes a very "clean" installation.
2.) I first tried using a Bosch "Roto ZIP" cutting tool to cut out the rectangle using their metal cutting saber bit. The cutting wheel attachment with metal cutting wheel made a much cleaner, faster cut. I imagine a jigsaw with fine cut metal blade would do the same clean cut. I also tried tin snips but found they do not work well.
3.) Since you have to remove the unit for cleaning, you can not use any "permanent" gasket sealer to seal the unit to the pipe. The GE Red Silicone you recommend is good but shows red against the black pipe. I used "OATEY" Fire Retardant Plumber's Fabric (black in color), cutting it into strips for a cloth gasket and held it in place with black, hi-temperature fireplace silicone. The silicone is good to 500 degrees and the fabric is good to 2500 degrees. Both are available at any plumbing/building supply store.
I found the motor runs hot. I do not know why as the unit is mounted 28 inches above the stove and the switch housing and fan blade housing are both "room temperature" while running. The wood stove is equipped with a rear mounted cage fan and air diverter that forces the stove's hot air across the stove back to front into the room, with little heat rising straight up. I can hold my hand on the motor while it is running but it is very hot.
Piero S from PA
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