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anyone know where to get a cheap draft meter???

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by lime4x4, Dec 10, 2005.

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  1. lime4x4

    lime4x4 Member

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    looking for a cheap draft meter to fine tune my coal stoker

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  2. elkimmeg

    elkimmeg Guest

    I got a BACHARACH DRAFTRITE hand held draft meter of Ebay a few years back or under $100
    A word about its use. you have to drill ,or punch a probe hole in your stack exhaust to use it You have to bring the stove, boiler, furnace, up to opperating Temp to get a correct reading. All other ones I know of, cost in the thousands for comprehensive analisis of stack temp exhaust gasses present,. and draft effeciencies,
  3. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    Depends on where you live. If you have access to a plumbing/heat supply like FW Weeb (New England), or RE Michels (Mid-Atlantic), these might be the places.

    Check eBay also. Search for:
    magnehelic

    or bacharach draft
    (these is one new one for 144.)

    I bought a magnehelic there for about 20 bucks! You have to make sure to get one that has a lower reading scale on it - shop aroundthe web for a new one to get the specs.
    Although a magnehelic is a general purpose guage and not specifically for chimney draft, I don't see why it would not work. I used it to measure the effects of wind and chimney caps!
  4. Todd

    Todd Minister of Fire

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    Seems like alot of people could benefit from one of these draft meters. I have seen many posts where people were fighting poor draft. You'd think more local hearth shop dealers would have meters, but many don't even know of any such animal.
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