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How Safe Are Pellet Stoves?

Posted by Jason Vickery / January 22, 2016 /
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Self-standing heating devices such as space heaters and pellet stoves, were attributed to be the causes of one third of reported U.S. home heating fires in 2007-2011. As with any method of home heating, there is risk involved with pellet stove use and that is borne out by the weekly news stories about house fires.

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High Power Mil-Standard DC-DC Converters: Anywhere on the Globe

Posted by Ernest Herz / December 01, 2015 /
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When challenged with naming the organizations best-equipped to meet global environmental conditions, most people would answer “the military.” US and NATO armed forces have endured operations in Iraq, Vietnam, the North Pole, and over the world’s oceans. These extreme environments challenge the equipment utilized by armed forces. Over the years, with the evolution of technology, military standards have been enhanced to redefine and increase equipment performance expectations both for active field service and transport to theaters of operation. Testing apparatus for rigorous condition simulation and instrumentation used for performance measurement have become increasingly more sophisticated.  

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SF 512 Inverter for Harman Pellet Stoves: Engineered for Proper Stove Operation

Posted by Jason Vickery / November 19, 2015 /
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We recently received an email from a customer, and the message was one we hear frequently. The emailer had purchased a modified sine wave inverter from an outside source in an attempt to create his own pellet stove battery backup for his Harman ® stove. The inverter he purchased had ample power capacity necessary to do the job. Notwithstanding, the customer ended up frying the control board in his pellet stove and footing a bill for costly repairs. He then installed an SF 512 battery backup system which was factory recommended and worked properly with the stove. He became indignant and puzzled that this SEC America Surefire product (model SF512), was able to interface seamlessly with the Harman ® pellet stove even though it also produces modified sine wave power.

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5 Ways to Prevent Pellet Stove Fire Damage in Your Home

Posted by Ernest Herz / November 12, 2015 /
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For many people, one of the most attractive aspects of pellet stoves is the fact that they are relatively clean-burning. But consumers shouldn’t take that statement to mean that pellet stoves are any safer than other means of heating their homes. 

In a National Fire Protection Association study, it was reported that heating equipment was involved in 53,600 home structure fires, 400 civilian deaths, and $893 million in direct property damage in 2013. Heating equipment is one of the most common causes of home structure fires and fire damage in the U.S. If you use a pellet stove to heat your home, take the proper precautions to protect yourself from fire damage. Use these five tips to help prevent pellet stove fire damage in your home.

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Can I Use a Computer UPS to Power a Pellet Stove?

Posted by Ernest Herz / November 06, 2015 / NEWS

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When people install a new pellet stove, one of the first questions they have is whether or not they can use a computer UPS, or uninterruptible power supply, to run their appliance in the event of a power outage. Many pellet stove owners’ manuals will say that the answer is yes, but there are some risks and considerations associated with this practice that every pellet stove owner needs to be aware of.  

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