Is anyone aware of a supplier for the old-time heat circulator that lay in
fireplaces? Searches for such things only find electric-powered types
which is not what I want. (I have one of those, but want a passive
circulator, one that works in event of power failure.)
This is a heat circulator sold that utilized a pipe-type construction. It
had three or five pieces that went from the front of the fireplace
parallel to the floor, up the back and out to the front. The top pieces
are at a slope to encourage air to flow more quickly out. These were
“fastened” together with cross pieces at the bottom (underneath) to hold
it off the floor of the fireplace and one at the top to stabilize the tops
of the pieces. The ends protruded several inches in front of the
fireplace front. The principle was to pull in cool air off the floor
which heated as it traveled through and dispersed as heated air into the
room. Heat control was controlled by covering as many “air intakes” at
the bottom as necessary. After I saw one in a fireplace in a house I
visited while house hunting, I told my then-boss about it. He had one in
his cabin which he said they often had to close off all but one of the air
intakes as it was quite effective, that it was even too hot to sit within
six feet of the front of the fireplace.
One of our local welders, who knew exactly what it is, suggested a muffler
shop he knew in an outlying community. He said the owner would know what
it was (and might be willing to build one), and it would have to be
manifold-type pipe to withstand the temperatures. Unfortunately, the shop
had just burned and still hasn’t started up again.
Yes, I did try to purchase the one in that house; however, the owner who
had only bought the house to re-sell, wasn’t selling it, said it’d help
him sell the house. Yeah, right, most people convert their fireplaces to
gas. Oh, well. If one doesn’t try to buy something like that, it won’t
happen so I lost nothing I already had.
Of those here who know what this passive heat circulator is, do you know
of anyplace that sells them still? It would likely be some out-of-the-way
shop that few know about. I suspect they became a non-manufacture item
because of potential mis-use and possible carbon monoxide issues though
haven’t found anything to substantiate that thought.
Any help is much appreciated.