Post in 'The Boiler Room - Wood Boilers and Furnaces' started by glacialhills, Nov 21, 2008.
sniff, sniff sniff. Hmmmmmm
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Hi how are you feeling about your Kuuma vapor now?
Snow4days...... It has been extremely mild here so haven't fired her up yet It is suppose to be 80 by Saturday! I will let you know when I do though! How are things in Michigan?
It is mild here right now. Probably around 65, feels even warmer. I am getting some more info sent to me on how to connect to my furnaces from Kuuma. The ease of using this furnace seems wonderful. That is what is making us take a closer look, compared to the gasification boilers. I'll try to let you know what I do.
Burning wood doesn't get much easier and safer!!
Snow4days, Had the virgin burn in the Kuuma Vaporfire the other day. All I can say is the most impressive wood furnace I have seen After the fire got going, went outside and there was no smoke coming out of the chimney! Very happy with it. Lots of heat out of a small amount of wood!
I am anxiously awaiting the phone call from Darryl that my VaporFire 100 is ready. Should be this week. Very excited for my maiden burn.
Your VF 100 is being packaged up tonight and should be shipped out tomorrow sometime.
I was linked over to this thread from one here on the site. I am trying to decide whether one of these units will work for us. Our home has two separate heat pumps we would like to connect to as an add-on application. What are your experiences with air flow? Is it strong enough to supply forced air to two separate plenums? We are also considering the Charmaster but not able to get any feedback.
I think my dad (Daryl Lamppa) read your set-up last night on arboristsite.com and he's not sure if just 1 furnace would work. I recommend calling him directly at 1-800-358-2049 with the details, because he's not much for computers.
My Vaporfire arrived this past Friday morning. Had quite an adventure getting it into the basement. Have an old farmhouse, and had to take it in through the cellar door. I'm very thankful for my brother and his skills with a tractor loader, because I would have never gotten it in without him.
Now I'm just waiting for my heating guy to come and complete the install...then I'll post some pics.
I'm at work right now, but the heating guys and my electrician are both at my house right now. I just might be burning wood this weekend (Fingers crossed).
Keep us up to date, slamotto! Mine is working great!
Well, I'm not quite there yet. My heating guy is having problems with the stop flap that will keep the hot air from my LP furnace from backing into my VaporFire. Also have to decide exactly how we want to do the cold air on the VaporFire. We're a bit cramped for space in the basement now with the two units...so it may not work to tie into the cold-air return of the LP unit.
On the bright side, I split a couple of pieces of wood this weekend, and checked the Moisture Content and we are good to go. Was getting 14-20 percent readings.
Do you have a stairwell going to your basement that stays open? I do and am using it for a cold air return instead of hooking to the LP one. Also I did not put a flap to keep the air from going from one to the other. When the LP furnace is running and moving air, just the right amount goes through the Kuuma and out the cold air intake to warm the basement a little. Then when the Kuuma is running and blowing air, a little goes through the LP furnace and finds its way up the cold air return heating the house out of both the warm air ducts and a small amount out of the cold air return! In the summer when I am running the AC I slide a nice piece of cardboard in alongside the Kuuma's filters so that the cold air doesn't go through and dump into the basement! Hope you get it hooked up ok so that you can start using it
Ended up tying the VaporFire into the LP's cold air return. I just got the call from my wife that the install is complete, so tonight will be the first burn. To say I'm excited is a bit of an understatement
Please let me know how it goes
Hey slamotto, is it up and running? Pics?
Sorry for the delay....here are pics of my VaporFire 100.
Here is a front view:
And here is a pic of the Kuuma's red-headed stepchild...the LP furnace:
The top front of the unit:
And here is the back of the unit:
The set-up looks great!!
An Update, it's Christmas a week before 2013 and we are finally getting some colder weather here in Michigan. We have only had to burned a couple cords so far this winter and again this vapor fire 100 is flawless. My wife and I tried to think of something we could ding this furnace on and we only came up with 2 things, First the instruction manual did not explain how to open and clean the top gassification area of the furnace when yearly cleaning the unit and chimney. and second, once cleaned, we wish we could see the secondary combustion happening. So here is our suggestion to Laampa:
Hey Daryl, if you put a small glass peephole with a sliding cover in the clean out plate so it was only exposed to the chamber when you looked and was gasketed like the door seal and closed the rest of the time I wouldn't think it would get the white film very often if at all.It would be worth having to clean of the white residue a couple times a season to be able to watch the Vaporfire doing its thing.Just a thought.
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