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

lime4x4 Posted By lime4x4, Dec 10, 2005 at 12:51 PM

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  1. lime4x4


    Nov 18, 2005
    Northeast Pa
    looking for a cheap draft meter to fine tune my coal stoker
  2. elkimmeg


    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

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    Nov 17, 2005
    Western Mass.
    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:

    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

    Minister of Fire

    Nov 19, 2005
    Lake Wissota
    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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