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Use and Construction of Austrian Masonry Heaters – Back to the Future

Designs of conventional open solid fuel burning fire places vary; these devices are primitive in terms of efficiency and heat transfer and comfort and result in negative impacts to local air quality, yet remain widely in use.  The majority of municipalities will no longer permit the construction of these primitive heating devices.

In Austria and Europe a variety of
highly efficient masonry heaters have been designed to provide careful control of the combustion process. This enables a single load of fuel to burn for up to
24 hours. The residence time and other parameters are calculated using simplified formulae based on fundamentals of combustion, draft and other criteria/controls.

The process of design is set out in EU standards.

In BC Stefan Sidl has submitted Alternative Solutions to several municipalities in BC and is in the process of construction of the units on Saltspring Island, Saanich and elsewhere.

The use of this technology will enable solid fuels to be used more efficiently and the prevalence of these systems throughout the EU for environmental, cost and comfort reasons could be considered as an option throughout BC.

Stefan will go through the features and benefits of these units and will illustrate his presentation with slides showing the step by step construction as well as provide a discussion on the benefits of the high efficient system in relation to fire protection.

Date: June 7, 2016
Time: Registration and Reception 5:30pm 
Location: False Creek Yacht Club (1661 Granville Street) 
Cost: Members - $30; Non-members $35. Please bring cash or a cheque payable to BC Society of Fire Protection Engineers to cover the cost of dinner.
Registration Deadline: June 3, 2016

Free parking is available in the Yacht Club parking lot.


Start date: 
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 17:30

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