Monday, November 07, 2011

The Texas Fireframe Grate

Winter will be here soon and some are predicting a legendary winter for those living in this area.  By legendary, I'm assuming it means that 50 years from now people will soon be talking about the winter of 2011-2012, like my father talked about the winters of the past when the Willamette River froze over.

When we think about being cold, we either want to be in Mexico in the winter or sitting here in front of a warm fire.  Some people have bought into the notion that a fireplace is a waste because all the heat goes up the chimney or they have converted to a natural gas fireplace with fake logs.  Still most of the heat goes up the chimney.

The other day I came across an invention that sends the heat of burning wood out into the room instead of up the chimney.  The Texas Fireframe grate was invented by a physicist back in 1974 and people just swear it:

"It is the greatest fireplace invention since the discovery of wood matches."
-- R. Seiden, Berkeley, CA
"I was astounded!... The increase in heat output is remarkable…the temperature in the room increases from 7 to 12 degrees with the [Texas Fireframe grate] over the temperature with a regular grate. I find that all your claims are true, if not understated.”
-- L. Isaacson, Berrien Springs, MI  

It's simple really as these pictures show:

The Texas Fireframe® grate is made of hot rolled steel, welded bars, and includes slip-on, height-adjustable, friction-locking arms. Fully-assembled. Instructions included.

It comes in three sizes; the U-25 unit fits almost all fireplaces. You can order on line and have it in place before the snow flies.

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