We hope you all had a great summer.
Rasmussen will be closed on Monday, September 7 in observance of Labor Day.
I suppose we’ll be laboring somewhere else, but letting our Solaire Infrared Grills do most of the work. We’ll be back on Tuesday, September 8.
Save Gas Logs Update
At the risk of jinxing things, it has been all quiet, at least publicly, since comments were submitted in May to the DOE’s latest Proposed Rulemaking that would abolish standing pilot lights and place all hearth products under their regulatory thumb in perpetuity. If you wish to get up to speed on the issues, please visit http://savegaslogs.com/ You may sign up for email alerts from DOE on the latest info they have on this issue at http://goo.gl/0akI3N , where you may also read all of the comments and documents in the docket folder.
In Case You Missed It
New Remote Controller for Bromic Heaters
Bromic has introduced a Remote Controller which provides ON/OFF control for up to 6000 watt per controller with two outputs. With it, you can control one Tungsten 6000w, one Tungsten 4000w, two Tungsten 3000w or two Tungsten 2000w heaters from one controller. This same controller can be used to provide ON/OFF control for up to four Bromic Gas Heaters (Platinum 300 and 500, and Tungsten 300 and 500). This ON/OFF Controller is available now. Item #BR-WRCW MSRP = $248.00
There are two other items that will be available in late August:
- Remote Dimmer Controller for Bromic Electric Heaters. Control one Tungsten 6000w, one Tungsten 4000w, two Tungsten 3000w or two Tungsten 2000w heaters from one controller. Item #BR-WDCW MSRP = $698.00
- Master Controller. Can control six different zones with an unlimited number of controllers/electric heaters per zone (within a 100 foot range). Item #BR-WMRB MSRP = $129
Please view the Brochure page and Instruction Manuals at http://radiantpatioheater.com/controllers/
Solaire on Bill Bennett Radio Show
Listen to Rett Rasmussen Talk About Solaire Infrared Grills on the Bill Bennett Radio Show.
People are starting to use their gas log sets for the first time this season. Here are the main issues you may get calls about:
- Trouble lighting the pilot.
- For both vent-free and EIS systems, the most likely issue is the result of the air intake holes of the ODS Pilot being clogged with lint from years of use without cleaning them out. Please view the troubleshooting information at http://rasmussen.host4kb.com/article/AA-00147/0/1-Vent-Free-Issue-Nuisance-Shutdown-or-difficulty-lighting-ODS-Pilot.html It describes easy cleaning of your ODS pilot which solves 98% of issues with the ODS. It also has photos to help identify the replacement part for purchasing a replacement, if the cleaning does not successfully correct the issue. This guidance has resulted in many happy customers (read testimonials at http://rasmussen.biz/logs/feedback_ts.htm ).
- General Pilot Lighting Instructions are in our knowledge base www.RasBox, specifically at http://goo.gl/1wsX5E
- Replace the batteries in both the transmitter and the receiver with fresh batteries. A weak battery in the transmitter may not allow it to “speak” with the receiver. Weak batteries in the receiver will not have sufficient power to operate the valve, solenoid or motor drive (as appropriate with your particular control system). Check batteries with a voltmeter before using, as ones new out of the pack are not always “fresh”.
- Vented – Ensure the damper is WIDE OPEN and that there are no obstructions (bee hives, bird nests, etc.). If odors, smoke and other combustion products from the pretty yellow flame can’t go up the chimney, they will go into the room.
- Vent-Free – Since the gas log set is drawing its combustion air from the living area, any odors or impurities present in the room will be recycled through the flame and recirculated back into the room as noticeable odors. Have they remodeled or painted the inside of the home since the last time they used their vent-free gas log set? Offgassing from fresh paint or varnish, paint remover, cements and glues, new carpet or textiles, etc. will result in odors. Other sources of odors are pet hair, dust build-up in and around the gas log set, cigarette smoke, potpourri and incense. Odors can also be released from residue that remains in the firebox and flue from previous wood burning. Slightly opening a window to allow more fresh air into the room, and/or slightly opening the chimney damper to allow some of the products of combustion to vent up the chimney can help your situation if you are unable to identify a specific contributor to the odor, or if the natural odor of combustion is unacceptable.
While your customer’s attention is focused on his gas log set, and since the set may have been installed for a while and may or may not have had any user maintenance performed on it, we recommend that he do the following:
- Thoroughly read the instruction manual, which may be downloaded installation/instruction manuals from our website at http://goo.gl/p4M9g
- Ensure that all air intake regions of the lower part of the burner, as well as the burner ports themselves, are clear of dust, lint or other debris that would block proper air intake or gas flow. Please view the photos found at http://goo.gl/OUODQm for the location of these regions.
- Ensure that the logs are arranged in accordance with the instructions. Improper log placement can result in substandard performance.
- Ensure the firebox is clean of any soot or residue from previous wood burning that the previous owner may not have, but should have, removed before placing the gas log set into service.
Business Building Tip
Have you incorporated service for the above article into a recurring income stream for your business?
Please read http://rasmussenironworks.com/news/business-building-tip/ for ideas.