Magic Heat Reclaimer for Gas Stove - 6 in., Model# MH-6-G
This a very good product. I installed it in my shop heater and there is a signicant improvement. I am using less gas and my shop warms up much quicker than before.
January 17, 2012
shoulda got years ago
Have had this great product a couple months now and it's the best! Have seen a decrease in gas usage already and the house is warmer. Am sure it will pay for itself quickly. Didn't know it existed until thumbed thru the Northern catalog. Would give it more stars if possible.
March 14, 2011
I am looking forward to using this next winter. I installed it this summer and test fired the boiler. This captured a lot of heat that was going up the chimney. Very well built.
August 23, 2010
This is a great heater. I installed it in about one hour and had great heat the first time the gas furnace kicked on. I have a steam furnace, so this heater is on about 15 minutes before the steam comes up in the rrest of the house and runs for about 1 minute after the flame turns off. My basement is a comfortable 70 degrees now instead of 62 to 65, and the fan is strong enough to circulate the air in the entire 20 x 20 basement without a problem. After using it for 5 months, I would definitely recommend this unit. For safety reasons, you must check flue temperatures and ensure that a good draft is maintained. I also installed a NOx sensor 10 feet from the furnace just in case. The only thing I would add is an electric box so it could be permanently wired instead of using an extension cord.
March 4, 2010
Great way to capture otherwise wasted heat.
I have a barrel stove (item # 16160) with the 2nd barrel (Item# 16161) kit and this heat transfer unit (item# 172781).
It's a great way to heat the back half of my house using just scrap wood from the local tree trimming services and broken pallets from the local car dealer, printing shop and that auto parts place.
(Note: To anyone considering this, if you wish to duct the output somewhere, you will have to open up the unit and place internal baffles to prevent backup of the heated air to assist it going up your ducting. You should note, this modification voids the warranty, but I've used this unit for two years running now, and it's been great).
Adding a duct to the cover the outlet of the heat exchanger and ducted upstairs (2nd story), as well as placing some internal ducting into the transfer unit (to prevent back pressure of the hot air), I had a wonderful way to slash my heating budget. All for less than $300. I have used it for two heating seasons, and I expect to be able to do this for years to come. A great set of products from Vogelzang and Magic Heat!
November 3, 2009
Frugal Green Comfort
After installing a new 175,000 Btu gas-fired steam boiler, I wanted to try and recapture some of the significant waste heat going up the flue, and discovered Magic Heat for Gas. I installed the unit a month ago and am very happy I did! My basement is about 1,000 sq. ft. and used to be about 62 degrees; after installing Magic Heat the temperature is about 67 degrees, which makes the space quite comfortable for use, and un-musty. The heat from the basement also rises, and warms the floor above, helping the boiler run less often. I expect the Magic Heat will pay for itself in fuel savings in one heating season. And with less fuel being burned, the overall emissions from the boiler are reduced as well. Installation was a little tricky given the tight space and horizontal orientation of the unit, and took me about 5 hours. It is very important to make sure that the flue gas is sufficiently hot (over 280 degrees) and that the flue draft is good. I installed a CO detector right next to the boiler just to make sure, and have had no problems at all. Magic Heat is well made, although I did need to re-seat the thermostat so that the unit would not go on and off repeatedly. I got great customer service from Magic Heat! This little box will make a big difference in the comfort of your home, your gas bill, and your environmental footprint.
October 20, 2009
Magic Heat 20 years later
I have a Wedgewood gas stove with a "trash burner" that I use to burn wood from my property. Winters in San Francisco are not cold but typically in the forties. For 25 years I have used a Magic Heat until finally the motor bearings began to give out making the heater noisy. Otherwise, it still worked great and has been a real money saver. The replacement was almost exactly the same, but with four fewer cross tubes. The unit works great but is a little uneven on heat distribution across the tube bank. I would nevertheless highly recommend this unit as a real money saver. At night when it is cold, I even use the wood stove with a small grill inside to grill steaks and ribs.
p.s. I am replacing the ac motor with a dc motor to use in my green house with a small solar system.
July 13, 2009
Magic heat --gas furnace
I have a old gas furnace that works perfectly. It is not as efficent as the newer gas furnaces. I purchased the magic heat to recover some of the lost heat, and found it to work very well. I beleive that it will save enough to pay for itself in one heating season.
February 13, 2009
Bought and Paid for Already
Being a Single Female" and making my 1ST wood stove purchase, I did a lot of researching on wood stoves at various stores before I purchased the "Vogelzane-Highlander" in Aug-08. A month or 2 later before installing it, I purchased the Magic Heat-Reclaimer. FAST FORWARD...Best Investments I ever made. I can't brag enough to my friends and associates of how GREAT the Heat Reclaimer is and how efficiently it works. I have not used Oil heat this
season except for HW thus far. I walk around in shorts and a T...LOL...No Lie
Both Purchases were well worth the small investment .
February 12, 2009
I purchased a Magic Heat and found this item to be very effective. It was easy to install. My shop is a lot warmer now that i have the Magic heat. It is well worth the money for the extra amount of heat it gives you.
February 12, 2009