Acquisitions X-FIRE 1200 Installation manual

Acquisitions X-FIRE 1200 Installation manual
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Rev 07/96
DROLET STOVES & FIREPLACES Inc. is pleased to congratulate you on your new
acquisition. We would like to assist you in drawing the utmost benefit from the unit which
you have selected. Therefore, we would like to offer a few useful hints on heating with wood
and on controlled combustion in particular.
Moreover, the technical data specifications pertaining to the model which you have chosen
are outlined on the following pages, including instructions for installation, use and
The installation instructions in accordance with the standards set by ULC #S627, must be
followed exactly in order to avoid the possibility of major problems.
Your instruction booklet is a gold mine of information. Keep it handy.
Your stove must be mounted on fireproof surface. If you have decided to mount it on an area
where flooring material is not fireproof, then you must add a panel of asbestos between the
stove and the floor. The thickness and dimensions of this panel differ according to each
model, as outlined in the following chart.
at front
at sides
at back
Gemini 1200 3/8" (7mm)
18" (457mm)
6" (150mm)
6" (150mm)
Gemini 1500 3/8" (7mm)
18" (457mm)
6" (150mm)
6" (150mm)
Note: Asbestos panel can be replaced by a ceramic of gauge 18 sheet metal.
1) Whether you choose to install your stove cornerwise in a room or parallel to a wall, you
must adhere to the specifications for distances to be respected. These are clearly
illustrated for each particular model.
Gemini 1200..............................................................................................................drawing #1
Gemini 1500..............................................................................................................drawing #1
2) Note : Only competent authorities can approve shorter distances.
3) Avoid placing wood or other inflammable substances too close to your heating unit. As
we have already stipulated, make sure that the proper distances are respected between
your unit and any inflammable substances.
A good smoke evacuation system will ensure superior performance if you observe these
precautionary measures:
1) The stove pipe and the chimney must be of the same dimension as the woodstove outlet,
minimum height 15 feet from floor to chimney top.
2) If you use an insulated chimney, make sure that it has the necessary approvals. You must
follow very closely the instructions given by the manufacturer.
3) If you choose to equip your stove with a masonry chimney, we strongly recommend that
you call on specialist. Make sure that the masonry encasement of the clay tiles is 8 inches
thick. This thickness is recommended so that the chimney can retain its heat, thereby
preventing excessively rapid cooling of the gases, which, in turn, results in excessive
creosote and soot formation.
4) Should a spark arrestor be required at the end of your chimney, it must be inspected at
frequent intervals in order to prevent any accumulation of creosote and soot from
blocking the chimney.
5) We recommend that you use a chimney connector pipe made of conventional steel of a
minimum 24 gauge thickness. Read carefully your installation manual provided by the
chimney manufacturer before proceeding to the installation. Check with your local
building code before making a hole in a wall or ceiling for a chimney opening.
6) Your smoke outlet system should be completely airtight. In order to achieve this,
assemble the pipe lengths in position, male end facing downwards. Each length should
then be fixed in place with three metal screw per section, each one at an equal distance
apart. (See illustration page 11).
7) The chimney pipe system should be straight and short. If a horizontal installation is
unavoidable, you must allow a minimum slope of 1/4" per foot.
8) The stove should not be connected to a central heating unit.
• The smoke pipe should not run through an attic, roof space, wardrobe nor any other
enclosure. It should not run through a wall, floor, ceiling nor be close to any inflammable
room divider.
• Never connect more than one heating unit per chimney.
• Never use galvanized steel chimney pipe. The smoke fumes caused by excessive heat are
toxic and zinc, in melting, could be harmful to the surroundings.
• Have the chimney system inspected frequently and, if necessary, call on the services of
• Failure to follow the preceeding recommendations could result in a chimney fire.
• Make sure that all firebricks are well set in the device.
Do not forget to remove the plastic film covering the brass decorative trims of the stove
before heating for the first time.
• Optional accessories for air circulating system.
• Blower (100 CFM) c/w speed control.
• This blower attach to the second wall which covers the back of your stove. This second
wall acts as a heat exchanger. Air enters at the back, circulates between heat shield and
the stove and is projected toward front when heated.
a) Only wood should be used as fuel.
b) Drolet stoves are not designed for a wood cradle, nor do they provide support facilities
for the wood. Therefore, never use grate or elevated fire. They would generate excessive
c) When using your unit for the first time, to avoid thermic shocks do not heat your stove to
the maximum. This causes the painted surface to deteriorate. Be sure that ventilation in
the room is adequate. This will prevent any inconvenience arising from smoke and
disagreeable odor given off by heated paint.
d) Before lighting your stove, be sure that the air control is wide open. If you feel air
currents coming from the chimney, slightly open a window close by and hold a lighted
paper in the opening as close as possible to the flue outlet. This will heat air in the
e) When the paper and dry wood have been lighted, keep the air control in position "Open"
until you have obtained a good fire. From then on, you may add larger logs of wood until
a bed of embers has built. It is recommend during pre-heat period to leave the door
slightly open to ease combustion.
f) We recommend the use of a magnetic thermometer on your stove pipe. It should be
installed 18 inches above the stove top, to indicate the gas temperature. We also
recommend to adjust the air intake to maintain the gas temperature always above 300o F.
g) Before you open doors to reload or check level of combustion, open the air control to
permit gases and smoke to leave.
h) We suggest you to try to maintain a bed of embers approximately one inch thick to ensure
uniformity of combustion.
i) Under no consideration should you modify or alter the operation of air entries.
j) Modern homes are better insulated and tightly constructed. These advantages often cause
certain inconveniences. It is common for air leaving by the chimney or vent on the
cooking stove not to be replaced; the house, then, is in a low or negative pressure
situation. Should this happen, you should install an outside air duct with adjustable
opening as close as possible to the controls of your heating unit. This complementary
device will improve combustion and help balance pressure, thus making your home more
Never use gasoline, gasoline-type lantern fuel, kerosene charcoal lighter fluid or similar
liquids to start or "freshen up" a fire in this heater. Keep all such liquids well away from
the heater while it is in use.
• Never use your stove as an incinerator to burn large quantities of light combustibles as
motor oil, naphtha and gasoline. The fire in your stove could easily get out of control and
turn into a chimney fire.
• Avoid using green wood for slow combustion. This causes excessive deposits of creosote
and soot in the chimney and could burn out of control when start a fire.
• Never use inflammable materials in the immediate surroundings of your stove.
• Never touch the sides of your unit during combustion; they become extremely hot.
• Keep door closed during operation.
• Do not forget to remove the plastic film covering the brass decorative strips of the stove
before heating for the first time.
a) Always use dry wood. It should have stayed for one year in a dry place.
b) Never overload your stove. Should it heat more than usual, shut lateral controls, to
reduce the intensity of the fire.
c) Do not hesitate to keep in touch with your dealer. Ask for his advice. Should be not
know the answer to your problem, he will take all steps necessary for you to a satisfactory
When wood is burned slowly, it produces tar and other organic vapors that, when combined,
form a substance know as creosote.
Creosote vapors condense in a chimney at a relatively low temperature. As a result, creosote
deposits accumulate inside chimney. When ignited, they create an extremely hot fire. The
chimney must be inspected at least twice a year during the heating season to check for
creosote build-up.
If a creosote build-up has occurred, it should be removed to reduce the risk of a chimney fire.
Burning dry wood decreases the probability of a cool fire and creosote build-up. Small loads
are preferable to large loads that burns slowly if little heat is desired.
Excessive creosote build-up on the glass is evidence of incorrect use of the fireplace, use of
green wood or lack of draught in the chimney.
Inspect the inside of the chimney regularly. If necessary, hire a chimney-sweep. A build-up
of creosote in the chimney could blaze uncontrollably when the fire is lit causing what is
known as a chimney fire.
Ashes should be placed in a metal container with a tight-fitting lid. The closed container of
ashes should be placed on a non-combustible floor or on the ground well away from all
combustible materials, pending final disposal. If the ashes are buried in the soil or locally
dispersed, be sure that they remain in the container until all cinders have thoroughly cooled.
• Never slam doors and never knock on glass. When shutting doors, make sure that logs are
placed so as not to knock glass, also to burn close to the glass.
• Never clean glass with an abrasive product. Scratches could evolve into cracks and glass
could break.
• Never try to clean glass when it is hot, while stove is in use. Regular oven cleaners may
be used or specialized products available at your dealer.
• Never use flammable products that might cause an explosion.
• The glass used is transparent ceramic, type Pyroceram, Neoceram or Robax.
• Inspect door glass regularly for cracks. If you find a crack, put fire off immediately and
have the glass replaced before using stove again. Never use stove with broken door glass.
• Never replace glass with other material.
The glass dimensions are the following:
Gemini 1200: 15-1/8" (384 mm) x 8-1/8" (206 mm) x 7/32" (5 mm)
Gemini 1500: 19-5/8" (499 mm) x 8-1/8" (206 mm) x 7/32" (5 mm)
DROLET STOVES & FIREPLACES INC. hereby guarantees the quality of the controlled
combustion stove sold under the well-know DROLET trademark. This unit has been
manufactured according to the highest standards of craftsmanship. The product shall be
delivered to the buyer in good condition and the latter shall inform the vendor immediately in
case of a defect in the product.
DROLET STOVES & FIREPLACES INC. promises to supply at its own expense and
F.O.B. his factory, one or more replacements of parts found defectives.
This warranty does not cover surface paint, firebricks, the fiberglass lining and glasses.
This warranty will be honored by DROLET STOVES & FIREPLACES INC. for a period
of five (5) years for all the stoves from date of purchase by the first consumer and will be
valid only when stove has been used under normal conditions.
No other claim of whatever nature shall be considered by the vendor or the manufacturer.
1700, Leon-Harmel
Quebec (Quebec) Canada
G1N 4R9
Tel.: (418) 527-3060
Fax : (418) 527-4311
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