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I'm impressed
« on: April 03, 2017, 11:29:54 AM »

I met Neal Rob up at the Fryburg fair last fall ( HI NEAL ) and he was running a Polar OWB, I think I posted some pics on here someplace,  because I was his competition, I tried hard not to sneak around to spy on his unit, this year I decided to take the product on simply on its quality build, today I fired up one of my G2 plus units, darn, I think the industry is on the right track, before it is even hot or even close, its gassing, check out the pics!
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Re: I'm impressed
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2017, 01:00:08 PM »

I thought the lower door in the burn chamber was a nice touch for getting it started.

If I recall correctly the lower burn chamber is offset from the nozzle correct? This should ensure a swirl effect which should help towards a complete burn even if the nozzle is exposed.
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Re: I'm impressed
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2017, 01:02:39 PM »

Kinda the other way around, the nozzle is offset and slanted to create a roll in the reaction chamber, my big surprise is the true quality of construction from the cabinet in.
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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2017, 02:49:11 PM »

Makes you wish we could fast forward a few years. Lotsa good ideas being incorporated into new models.
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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2017, 04:45:41 PM »

Fast forward, no thanks, open my eyes to newer, better performing products coming onto the market instead of seeing life through a tunnel, yea I like that!
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Re: I'm impressed
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2017, 06:52:08 AM »

I went thru the owners manual last night, at least they admit that trying to run it all summer just to heat domestic hot water really isn't that good an ideal.
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Re: I'm impressed
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2017, 06:59:06 AM »

I'm not sure any manufacturer has ever suggested that it was, however I do believe that keeping a boiler hot and circulating year round is beneficial to longevity, I personally like the idea of tying solar thermal to the boiler for summer use kind of killing 2 birds with one stone.
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« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2017, 07:06:23 AM »

I read a lot of manuals before pulling the trigger on a new unit. A lot of manufacturers just donít address it at all. Iíve also been looking into vacuum tube solar collectors, trying to avoid the Made in PRC if possible. I can really see the benefits to keeping warm water in it year round with mild steel units.
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Re: I'm impressed
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2017, 07:11:57 AM »

I think you will have a hard time finding a complete system that doesn't have at least a portion of it built in the PRC but while I was visiting with WoodMaster in Minnesota a few weeks ago, I think they said that they have a line on a product, I'll be speaking with Jill later today to see what they know, so darn many products there that it's hard for me to keep track!
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Re: I'm impressed
« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2017, 08:02:34 AM »

I got a few more pics of the cabinet and components, the quality truly shows!
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« Reply #10 on: April 04, 2017, 09:25:40 AM »

I like the door stop on the front. Do they use a piece of glass for the viewport or is that round disc just rotated to look in then shut when done?
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Re: I'm impressed
« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2017, 09:41:47 AM »

Oh no, it's a high quality disc with glass, it rotates to keep the glass clean, everything from the door stop, latches and all are very high quality even to the point that if an inside latch is left ajar, the outer door will not close and when the outer door is open there is a light that automatically comes on in the cabinet.
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« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2017, 12:06:41 PM »

How do they compair price wise?  Are they coming out with a model to compete with the HM G400?
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« Reply #13 on: April 05, 2017, 07:44:22 AM »

How do they compair price wise?  Are they coming out with a model to compete with the HM G400?

Seems like the current largest compares to the G200, so far from my experience not a lot of people really need a G400, they might want one so they can cut longer pieces or because it will be bigger than what the brother in law or neighbor has, but they really donít need it. So far the G200 has been a heck of a work horse here.
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« Reply #14 on: April 05, 2017, 07:58:30 AM »

Yes, they are supposed to have one very soon, they are all very close in pricing, Polar so far is a bit cheaper on pricing.
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