Drolet Rocket E.P.A Owner`s manual

ROCKET E.P.A. WOOD STOVE
OWNER’S MANUAL
US ENVIRONMENTAL
PROTECTION AGENCY PHASE
II CERTIFIED WOOD STOVE
Safety tested according to ULC
S627 and UL 1482 Standards
by:
READ AND KEEP THIS MANUAL FOR REFERENCE
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27-03-2012
INTRODUCTION
Stove Builder International, one of the most important wood stove and fireplace
manufacturers in North America, congratulates you on your purchase and wishes to help
you get maximum satisfaction from your wood stove. In the pages that follow, we will
give you advice on wood heating and controlled combustion as well as technical
specifications regarding installation, operation and maintenance of the model you have
chosen.
The instructions pertaining to the installation of your wood stove in North America
comply with ULC-S627 and UL-1482 standards.
Read this entire manual before you install and use your new stove. If this stove is
not properly installed, a house fire may result. To reduce the risk of fire, follow
the installation instructions. Failure to follow instructions may result in property
damage, bodily injury, or even death.
Consult your municipal building department or fire officials about restrictions and
installation requirements in your area and the need to obtain a permit.
KEEP THIS INSTRUCTION MANUAL FOR FUTURE REFERENCE.
CAUTIONS:
 HOT WHILE IN OPERATION. KEEP CHILDREN, CLOTHING AND FURNITURE AWAY. CONTACT
MAY CAUSE SKIN BURNS.
 DO NOT USE CHEMICALS OR FLUIDS TO IGNITE THE FIRE.
 DO NOT LEAVE THE STOVE UNATTENDED WHEN THE DOOR IS SLIGHTLY OPENED DURING
IGNITION.
 DO NOT BURN WASTE, FLAMMABLE FLUID SUCH AS GASOLINE, NAPHTHA, OR MOTOR OIL.
 DO NOT CONNECT TO ANY AIR DISTRIBUTION DUCT OR SYSTEM.
 ALWAYS CLOSE THE DOOR AFTER IGNITION.
 DO NOT INSTALL IN A MOBILE HOME
REGISTER YOU WARRANTY ONLINE
To receive full warranty coverage, you will need to show evidence
of the date you purchased your stove. Keep your sales invoice.
We also recommend that you register your warranty online at
http://www.drolet.ca/en/service-support/warranty-registration
Registering your warranty online will help us track rapidly the
information we need on your stove.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
SECTION 1.0 - INSTALLATION .............................................................. 4 1.1 GENERAL INSTALLATION ...................................................................................... 4 1.2 POSITIONING THE STOVE ..................................................................................... 5 1.3 CLEARANCES TO COMBUSTIBLES AND FLOOR PROTECTOR ......................... 5 SECTION 2.0 CHIMNEY (FLUE SYSTEM) ......................................... 12 2.1 DEFINITIONS ......................................................................................................... 12 2.2 CHIMNEY ............................................................................................................... 12 2.2.1 Step by step installation of your factory-built chimney ...................................... 14 2.2.2 Typical installation through an existing masonry chimney ................................ 23 2.3 CHIMNEY CONNECTOR ....................................................................................... 26 2.4 DRAFT .................................................................................................................... 28 2.5 OUTSIDE COMBUSTION AIR ............................................................................... 28 2.6 THE ADVANTAGE OF INSTALLING A BLOWER (FAN) ....................................... 29 SECTION 3.0 OPERATION ..................................................................... 30 3.1 SAFETY INFORMATION........................................................................................ 30 3.2 FUEL....................................................................................................................... 32 3.2.1 The use of manufactured logs ........................................................................... 33 3.2.2 Simple wood moisture test ................................................................................ 33 3.3 NOTES ABOUT FIRST FIRING ............................................................................. 33 3.4 LIGHTING A FIRE .................................................................................................. 34 3.5 MAINTAINING THE FIRE ....................................................................................... 34 3.6 FAN (BLOWER) OPERATION ............................................................................... 35 SECTION 4.0 MAINTENANCE ............................................................... 36 4.1 CLEANING AND PAINTING YOUR STOVE .......................................................... 36 4.2 GASKETING ........................................................................................................... 36 4.3 ASH REMOVAL ...................................................................................................... 36 4.4 CHIMNEY (FLUE) CLEANING ............................................................................... 37 4.5 DEALING WITH A CHIMNEY FIRE ........................................................................ 37 SECTION 5.0 FEATURES ........................................................................ 38 5.1 ROCKET STOVE.................................................................................................... 38 DROLET LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY .................................... 40 3
SECTION 1.0 - INSTALLATION
When installed and operated as described in these instructions, the E.P.A Rocket wood
stove is suitable for use as a freestanding wood stove in residential installations. The
E.P.A Rocket wood stove is not intended for installation in a bedroom or a mobile home.
In Canada, the CSA B365 Installation Code for Solid Fuel Burning Appliances and
Equipment and the CSA C22.1 Canadian National Electrical Code are to be followed in
the absence of local code requirements. In the USA, the ANSI NFPA 70 National
Electrical Code and NFPA 211 Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents and Solid
Fuel-Burning Appliances are to be followed in the absence of local code requirements.
In addition to the national installation and/or local building codes, fire officials (or other
authorities having jurisdiction) should be contacted to determine what restrictions and
installation requirements might apply locally.
We recommend that our woodburning hearth products be installed and serviced by
professionals who are certified in the United States by NFI (National Fireplace Institute®)
or in Canada by WETT (Wood Energy Technical Training) or in Quebec by APC
(Association des Professionnels du Chauffage).
1.1 GENERAL INSTALLATION
CAUTIONS:
 THE INFORMATION GIVEN ON THE CERTIFICATION LABEL AFFIXED TO THE APPLIANCE
ALWAYS OVERRIDES THE INFORMATION PUBLISHED, IN ANY OTHER MEDIA (OWNER’S
MANUAL, CATALOGUES, FLYERS, MAGAZINES AND/OR WEB SITES).
 MIXING OF APPLIANCE OR FLUE SYSTEM COMPONENTS FROM DIFFERENT SOURCES OR
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MODIFYING THE DIMENSIONAL SPECIFICATION OF COMPONENTS MAY RESULT IN
HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS. WHERE SUCH ACTION IS CONSIDERED, THE MANUFACTURER
SHOULD BE CONSULTED IN THE FIRST INSTANCE.
DO NOT CONNECT THIS UNIT TO ANY AIR DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM.
CRACKED AND BROKEN COMPONENTS, E.G. CERAMIC TILES, MAY RENDER THIS
INSTALLATION UNSAFE.
CONNECT THE STOVE ONLY TO A LINED MASONRY CHIMNEY CONFORMING TO NATIONAL
AND LOCAL BUILDING CODES FOR USE WITH SOLID FUEL, OR TO A LISTED FACTORY BUILT
CHIMNEY SUITABLE FOR USE WITH SOLID FUEL.
DO NOT INSTALL IN A MOBILE HOME.
WARNINGS:
 A SOURCE OF FRESH AIR INTO THE ROOM OR SPACE HEATED SHALL BE PROVIDED WHEN
REQUIRED.
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1.2 POSITIONING THE STOVE
It is very important to position the wood stove in an area that will favour the most efficient
heat distribution throughout the house. The stove should therefore be installed in the
room where the most time is spent, and in the most spacious room possible. Recall that
wood stoves produce radiating heat, the heat we feel when we are close to a wood
stove. A wood stove also functions by convection that is through the displacement of hot
air accelerated upwards and its replacement with cooler air at the floor level. The
stove’s convection effect is facilitated by the installation of a blower.
1.3 CLEARANCES TO COMBUSTIBLES AND FLOOR
PROTECTOR
To install your appliance correctly, it is extremely important to respect all clearances to
any combustibles as indicated on your stove’s certification label.
Clearances to combustible materials
(see figure 1.3 to match each letter to a clearance)
CLEARANCES (SINGLE WALL PIPE)
A
B
C
D
E
F
K
L
CANADA
USA
16" (410 mm)
21" (535 mm)
10" (255 mm)
18" (460 mm)
29" (740 mm)
18" (460 mm)
48’’ (1220 mm)
84’’ (213 cm)
16" (410 mm)
21" (535 mm)
7" (180 mm)
18" (460 mm)
29" (740 mm)
15" (385 mm)
48’’ (1220 mm)
84’’ (213 cm)
CLEARANCES (DOUBLE WALL PIPE)
A
B
C
D
E
F
K
L
CANADA
USA
16" (410 mm)
21" (535 mm)
7" (180 mm)
18" (460 mm)
29" (740 mm)
15" (385 mm)
48’’ (1220 mm)
84’’ (213 cm)
16" (410 mm)
21" (535 mm)
7" (180 mm)
18" (460 mm)
29" (740 mm)
15" (385 mm)
48’’ (1220 mm)
84’’ (213 cm)
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FIGURE 1.3 Clearances to combustible materials and floor protection
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Floor protector
If the stove is to be installed on top of a combustible floor, it must be guarded by a non
combustible material as shown on figure 1.3 (see the dotted line area).
FLOOR PROTECTOR*
G
H
I
J
M
N
CANADA
USA
8’’ (205 mm) – Note 1
8’’ (205 mm)
18’’ (460 mm)
From door opening
N/A (USA only)
8’’ (205 mm)
N/A (USA only)
N/A (Canada only)
N/A (Canada only)
16’’ (410 mm)
From door opening
8’’ (205 mm)
N/A (Canada only)
Note 2
*Steel with a minimum thickness of 0.015’’ (0.38 mm) or ceramic tiles sealed together with grout. No
protection is required if the unit is installed on a non-combustible floor (ex: concrete).
Note 1: The floor protection at the back of the stove is limited to the stove’s required
clearance if such clearance is smaller than 8 inches (203 mm).
Note 2: Only required under the horizontal section of the connector. Must exceed each
side of the connector by at least 2 inches (51 mm).
Reduced clearances using shielding
You may decrease the clearances by installing heat radiation shields between the walls
or the ceiling and the stove. These heat radiation shields must be installed permanently,
and can include sheet metal, a rigid non-combustible sheet or a masonry wall.
Clearances of not less than 1" (25 mm) and not more than 3" (76 mm) between the
bottom of the shield and the floor and not less than 3" (76 mm) between the top of the
shield and the ceiling must be respected to allow vertical air circulation behind the shield.
The shield must extend 20" (500 mm) above the stove top and 18" (450mm) to each
side of the stove (see Graphic 1).
Following the installation of such a heat radiation shield, the clearances mentioned on
the stove certification plate may be reduced as stated in the following table.
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TYPE OF PROTECTION
Sheet metal, a minimum of 0,024" (0,61mm)
spaced out at least 1" (25mm) by non-combustible
spacers (see graphic 2).
Ceramic tiles, or an equivalent non-combustible
material on fire-proof supports spaced out at least
1" (25 mm) by non-combustible spacers (see
graphic 3).
Ceramic tiles, or an equivalent non-combustible
material on fire-proof supports with a minimum of
0,024" (0,61 mm) sheet metal backing spaced out
at least 1" (25 mm) by non-combustible spacers
(see graphic 4)
Brick spaced out at least 1" (25 mm) by noncombustible spacers (see graphic 5)
Brick with a minimum of 0,024" (0,61 mm) sheet
metal backing spaced out at least 1" (25 mm) by
non-combustible spacers (see graphic 6).
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Reducing Clearances
With Shielding
Sides and
Rear/Back
Top
67%
50%
50%
33%
67%
50%
50%
N/A
67%
N/A
Graphic 1
A- Minimum clearance required between the appliance and an unshielded combustible
ceiling.
B- 20 in. (500 mm) minimum;
C- 1 in. (25 mm) minimum;
D- Between 1 in. and 3 in. (25 mm and 75 mm);
E- 3 in. (75 mm) minimum;
F- 18 in. (457 mm) minimum.
1- Shielding;
2- Non-combustible spacers;
3- Ceiling protector;
4- Combustible wall;
5- Ceiling;
6- Appliance (side view);
7- Appliance (top view).
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Graphic 2
A- 1 in.(25 mm) minimum;
1- Combustible wall;
2- Non-combustible spacers;
3- 0.024’’ (0.61mm) sheet metal.
Graphic 3
A- 1 in. (25 mm) minimum;
1- Combustible wall;
2- Non-combustible spacers;
3- Non-combustible support;
4- Ceramic tile or non-combustible material.
Graphic 4
A- 1 in. (25 mm) minimum;
1- Combustible wall;
2- Non-combustible spacer;
3- 0.024’’ (0.61 mm) thick sheet metal;
4- Non-combustible support;
5- Ceramic tile or non-combustible material.
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Graphic 5
A- 1 in. (25 mm) minimum;
1- Combustible wall;
2- Non-combustible spacers;
3- Brick.
Graphique 6
A- 1 in. (25 mm) minimum;
1- Combustible wall;
2- Non-combustible spacers;
3- 0.024’’ (0.61 mm) thick sheet metal;
4- Brick.
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SECTION 2.0 CHIMNEY (FLUE SYSTEM)
2.1 DEFINITIONS
For clarity, the following definitions should be used with respect to these instructions:

A chimney system consists of a connector off the top of the stove, and a
chimney, which attaches to the connector and terminates outside the house.

A chimney can be a masonry chimney (of masonry construction with an inside
liner), or a factory built chimney.
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A factory built chimney can be a double wall chimney (two concentric pipes
with insulation - sometimes referred to as an insulated solid pack) or an air
cooled chimney (three concentric pipes, with insulation between the first and
second pipes, and air between the second and third pipes).

A single wall connector is a single pipe.

A double wall connector has two concentric pipes, no insulation, and is an air
cooled connector.
2.2 CHIMNEY
CAUTIONS:
 DO NOT FILL ANY FRAMED SPACE AROUND THE FACTORY-BUILT CHIMNEY WITH
INSULATION OR ANY OTHER MATERIAL. INSULATION PLACED IN THIS AREA COULD CAUSE
ADJACENT COMBUSTIBLES TO OVERHEAT.

 DO NOT USE MAKESHIFT COMPROMISES DURING INSTALLATION AS THEY MAY BE SAFETY
HAZARDS, AND A FIRE COULD RESULT.
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 DO NOT CONNECT THIS UNIT TO A CHIMNEY SYSTEM SERVING ANOTHER APPLIANCE.

 DO NOT CUT RAFTERS OR CEILING JOISTS WITHOUT FIRST CONSULTING A BUILDING
OFFICIAL TO ENSURE STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY IS NOT COMPROMISED.
Your wood stove may be hooked up with a factory built or masonry chimney. If you are
using a factory built chimney, it must comply with UL103 (USA) or ULCS629 (Canada)
standards. It must therefore be a
6” (152mm) HT Type (2100°F) chimney. It is
extremely important that it be installed according to the manufacturer's specifications.
The manufacturers’ installation instructions and specified clearances should always be
followed in accordance with local and national installation codes. In Canada the CSA
B365 and the CSA C22.1 installation codes are to be followed. In the USA the ANSI
NFPA 70 and ANSI NFPA 211 installation codes are to be followed.
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If you are using a masonry chimney, it is important that it be built in compliance with the
specifications of the Building Code. It must be lined with fire clay bricks, or clay tiles,
sealed together with fire cement, or have a listed solid fuel burning stainless steel liner.
Round chimneys are the most efficient.
The interior diameter of the chimney should be identical to the stove's smoke exhaust. A
chimney which is too small may cause draft problems, since it may not have the required
volume to properly evacuate the quantity of smoke resulting from the combustion. A
chimney which is too large may also cause draft problems. In fact, a large chimney will
be harder to warm-up and may not reach high enough temperatures to create a proper
draft effect. Note that it is the chimney which creates the draft effect, not your
stove. Your stove's performance is therefore directly dependent on an adequate
draft from your chimney.
The following recommendations may be useful for the installation of your chimney:

Do not connect your stove to a chimney serving another appliance.

The chimney must rise above the roof at least 3' (0.9 mm) from the uppermost
point of contact. See Figure 2.2.

The chimney must exceed any part of the building or other obstruction within a
10' (3.04 m) distance by a height of at least 2' (0.6 m). See Figure 2.2.

The minimum overall height of the chimney system, measured from the stove top
to the exterior termination cap of the chimney should be at least 12' (3.66m). A
chimney which is too short may lack the “tunnel effect” required to obtain a
proper draft.

Installation of an interior chimney is always preferable to an exterior chimney.
Chimneys constructed outside of the home on an exterior wall should be avoided
if possible, especially in colder climates. The gas which circulates into an interior
chimney will cool more slowly, thus reducing the build-up of creosote and the risk
of flue fires.
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All else being equal, cooler chimneys will have less draft than hotter ones. This
problem will be amplified if the chimney is excessively long. A chimney which is
excessively long may be very hard to warm-up due to its higher volume. A cool
chimney may even down draft (reverse flow) due to the difficulty in heating it up
to operating temperature while trying to evacuate the stack gases.

If an exterior chimney is used, the best results will be obtained by using a
connector vertically off the unit to the highest possible point before elbowing off
horizontally to the exterior chimney. For efficiency and safety reasons the stove
must not be installed with an insulated chimney connected directly to the
appliance.

Using a fire screen at the extremity of the chimney requires regular inspection in
order to insure that it is not obstructed, thus blocking the draft. It should be
cleaned when necessary.
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FIGURE 2.2 Minimum Height of the Chimney
2.2.1 Step by step installation of your factory-built chimney
The way to install your chimney may vary from one chimney manufacturer to another. The
instructions contained in this manual are based on the recommendations of chimney
manufacturers whose products are sold at many North American retailers of wood stoves
and related heating accessories.
Wall support system If your chimney must rise along an outside wall, you need to connect it to your stove
through an adjacent wall. In Canada the CSA B365 and the CSA C22.1 installation codes
are to be followed. For this type of installation, the following items are normally required:
Chimney
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Suitable lengths of chimney (enough to go up to your roof)
An adjustable wall support
A wall thimble
An adequate number of wall bands (one for every 8 feet of chimney, excluding the
roof portion)
A stove pipe adapter
One insulated tee & plug
A roof flashing kit (if necessary)
A chimney cap.
Roof guys (if required)
Stove pipe
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An adequate number of stove pipe sections.
A 90o elbow
Typical installation through the wall
FIGURE 2.2.1 (A) Typical installation through the wall
1- Start by positioning your stove where you would like it to go, taking into account
the minimum clearances to combustible material. You will then be able to
determine where the chimney will pass through the wall. You will probably have to
adjust the stove position slightly to ensure that your chimney will run between the
studs. You can use a stud finder to locate the studs. Use a spoke saw or jig saw to
cut a hole, remembering that you need to maintain a clearance of 2 inches
between the chimney and any combustible materials. For concrete walls, cut a
hole slightly larger than the outer diameter of the chimney.
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2- Once the opening completed, you need to frame in the area to allow for the
installation of a wall thimble. A wall thimble is not required for installations through
concrete walls.
3- You must first secure the wall thimble into the exterior wall surface. Then, do the
same inside and fasten the trim plate.
4- Then, from outside the building, slide a short chimney length (attached to the tee)
through the wall thimble. The chimney must extend at least 3 inches into the living
space where it attaches to the stove pipe.
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5- You can now install the wall support. Simply slide the wall support up to the tee,
ensuring that the adapter on the support engages with the female coupler on the
bottom of the tee. When the wall support is level and properly positioned, you can
use lag bolts to secure it into the wall studs. To complete the installation, install an
insulated tee plug below the wall support.
6- You can start to add chimney sections. We recommend that you also use locking
bands to secure all connections. You will need to secure the chimney to the house
using wall bands. Wall bands wrap around the chimney and then attach to the
wall. Install the first one 3 feet above the wall support. Then, you will need
another band for each 8 feet of chimney. Note: if your chimney must be
installed through your soffit, install a roof flashing above and finishing plate
below where the roof is cut. Consult the following section called “CEILING
SUPPORT SYSTEM” for more details.
7- Authorities require that the chimney extend not less than 3 feet above the highest
point where it passes through the roof of a building and not less than 2 feet above
any portion of the building within 10 feet. If the chimney extends more than 5 feet
above the roof deck, roof guys with telescoping legs and draw bands are required.
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8- Finally, twist on your rain cap and you can head back inside.
9- You are now ready to connect your chimney to your stove. Simply install the interconnecting stove pipe between the stove pipe adapter and the stove. You can
follow the instructions in the following section (section 2.3) of this manual called
« CHIMNEY CONNECTOR».
Ceiling support system If your chimney must rise inside the house and go through the ceiling, you need to connect
it to your stove at the ceiling level. For this type of installation, the following items are
normally required:
Chimney
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An adequate number of chimney sections (enough to go up to your roof)
A ceiling support kit with stove pipe adapter
An attic insulation shield
A roof flashing kit
A chimney cap
Roof guys (if necessary)
Stove pipe
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Suitable lengths of stove pipe
Typical installation through the ceiling
FIGURE 2.2.1 (B) Typical Installation Through the Ceiling
1. Place your stove where you would like it located and use a plumb line to mark the
ceiling directly above your stove flue. You will probably have to adjust this position
slightly to ensure that your chimney will run between the joists. You can use a stud
finder to locate the joists. You also need to take into account the minimum
clearances to combustible materials. After you have determined where the
chimney will go through the ceiling, use a spoke saw or power jig saw to cut a hole,
remembering that you need a minimum 2-inch clearance between the chimney and
any combustible materials. Depending on whether you have a one or two story
structure, you will need to cut a matching hole through the floor of the attic or
second floor living space.
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2. Before you install the ceiling support, you need to frame the area.
3. To install the ceiling support, just slide the assembly into the framed opening from
below. Once you ensure that the finishing plate is flush with the underside of the
ceiling and assembly is level, secure it with screws.
4. Once the support is secure, you can begin to assemble the chimney by lowering
the first section into the support. Make sure that the male coupler is pointing
upwards, as indicated by the arrow on the chimney label.
5. Then, from beneath the support, insert the stove pipe adapter and twist-lock it into
place.
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6. Now, you can add additional chimney sections. Continue adding chimney lengths
until a height of about 2 feet below the next ceiling level. An attic insulation shield
must be installed where a chimney passes from a lower living space into an upper
living space or attic space. It is designed to keep insulation materials away from
the chimney. A second attic insulation shield must be installed if your chimney
passes from a lower living space into an upper living space. As wee, you must
enclose all sections of the chimney where is passes through a living space. Elbows
(15o or 30o) are used when you need to offset your chimney to clear an obstruction
or to avoid having to cut joists.
7. Once you have cut through your roof and framed the joists, it is time to work
outdoors. Authorities require that the chimney extend not less than 3 feet above
the highest point where it passes through the roof of a building and not less that 2
feet above any portion of the building within 10 feet. You will need to install a roof
flashing. The roof flashing slides over your chimney pipe and goes under your
shingles. Once you have done that, check that everything is plumb, and nail the
flashing into the roof deck. Seal the joint between the shingles and the plate with
silicone.
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8. Next, slide the storm collar down the chimney until it contacts the flashing. Tighten
the nut and bolt and seal the collar to the chimney with a waterproof, noncombustible silicone sealant. Finally, twist on your rain cap and you can head back
inside. If the chimney extends more than 5 feet above the roof deck, roof guys
with telescoping legs and draw bands are required.
9. You are now ready to connect your chimney to your stove. Simply install the interconnecting stove pipe between the stove pipe adapter and the stove. You can
follow the instructions in the following section (section 2.3) of this manual called
« CHIMNEY CONNECTOR».
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2.2.2 Typical installation through an existing masonry chimney
You can also install your stove using your existing masonry chimney. To do so, follow
the guidelines below. You may want to use a factory-built thimble, on construct your own
brick thimble. If you are using a masonry chimney, it is important that it be built in
compliance with the specifications of the Building Code in your region. It must normally
be lined with fire clay bricks, metal or clay tiles sealed together with fire cement. (Round
flues are the most efficient).
FIGURE 2.2.2 (A) Typical Installation Through an Existing
Masonry Chimney
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FIGURE 2.2.2 (B) Factory Built Thimble
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FIGURE 2.2.2 (C) Brick Thimble
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2.3 CHIMNEY CONNECTOR
Your chimney connector (commonly called stove pipe) and chimney must have the same
diameter as the stove’s exhaust outlet. The stove pipe must be made of aluminized or
cold roll steel with a minimum 24-gauge thickness (0.021" or 0.53 mm). It is strictly
forbidden to use galvanized steel.
The following recommendations may be useful for the installation of your chimney
connector:

Your chimney connector should be assembled in such a way that the male end
(crimped) faces down to prevent creosote dripping outside the joints. Attach each
of the sections to one another with three equidistant metal screws. Also use
three equidistant metal screws to attach the connector to the stove’s exhaust
collar. See Figure 2.3 (A) and Figure 2.3 (B).

The pipe must be short and straight. All sections installed horizontally must
slope at least ¼ inch per foot, with the upper end of the section toward the
chimney. See Figure 2.3 Detail B.

To insure a good draft, the total horizontal length of the connector should never
exceed 8' to 10' (2.4 to 3.04 m). In the case of vertical installation, the total
length of the connector can be much longer and connected without problem to
the chimney at the ceiling level.

There should never be more than two 90 degrees elbows in the whole connector
and chimney system. Never start with a 90o elbow. Always go up vertically for at
least 2 feet from the flue spigot before using a 90o elbow.

The connector must not pass through any combustible material, nor may it pass
through a concealed space (such as an attic, roof space, or closet). If passing
through a wall, ceiling, or into a masonry chimney, use either chimney
components listed for that specific use, or means acceptable to local authorities
having jurisdiction over the installation.

Installation of a "barometric draft stabiliser" (fireplace register) on a connector is
not recommended.
FIGURE 2.3 (A) Connecting Sections
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FIGURE 2.3 (B) Minimum Slope
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The assembly should be as short and direct as possible between the stove and
chimney (See figure 2.4 (A)). The use of two 45 degree elbows (See figure 2.4
(C)) is often preferable to a single 90 degree elbow (See figure 2.4 (B)) because
less turbulence is created in the exhaust flow and they result in less horizontal
run.
(A)
(B)
(C)
FIGURE 2.4 The use of elbows
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2.4 DRAFT
Your E.P.A Drolet stove’s performance will be optimised if it is installed with a
chimney (flue) system that provides an adequate draft. The draft is the force that
moves air from the appliance up through the chimney and is predominantly
affected by the height and diameter of the chimney, as well as the stack
temperatures of the stove. If you test the draft using a pressure gauge, the
reading should be between .05 - .07 inches of water column (w.c.) at a mediumhigh fire. A draft measure of less than .03" w.c. will cause operational difficulties
while too much draft (greater than .10" w.c.) will result in over-firing of the stove.
This can result in excessive operating temperatures. In this case, the installation
of elbows totaling no more than 180° (ex.: 2 x 30° elbows, 2 x 45° elbows or 2 x
90° elbows) can be installed to help reduce excessive draft. If the addition of
elbows is not sufficient, a manual damper can be installed in the vertical flue
pipe.
2.5 OUTSIDE COMBUSTION AIR
It is recommended to install 3’’ (76mm) outside air intake in the room where the stove is
located or nearby.
The following are signs that a fresh air kit may be required:
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
Your stove does not draw steadily, smoke rollouts occur, wood burns poorly, or
back-draft occurs whether or not there is combustion present.

Existing fuel-fired equipment in the house, such as fireplaces or other heating
appliances, smell, do not operate properly, suffer smoke rollouts when opened,
or back-draft occurs whether or not there is combustion present.

Opening a window slightly on a calm (windless) day alleviates any of the above
symptoms.

The house is equipped with a well-sealed vapour barrier and tight fitting windows
and/or has any powered devices that exhaust house air.

There is excessive condensation on windows in the winter.

A ventilation system is installed in the house.
2.6 THE ADVANTAGE OF INSTALLING A BLOWER (FAN)
A blower can be installed at the back of your DROLET stove. This option is necessary if
you wish to redistribute into a room the heat trapped at the back of your stove. By forcing
hot air toward the front, the blower enables you to extend the radiation power of your
stove.
You can purchase this option through your DROLET dealer. Make sure to specify this
part number: #AC02050. You can also install a thermodisc to enable the blower to start
or stop automatically when the stove is hot or too cold. The thermodisc part number is.
Installation instructions are supplied with the blower and the thermodisc.
FIGURE 2.5 The advantage of installing a blower (fan)
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SECTION 3.0 OPERATION
Keep these instructions for future reference.
WARNINGS:
 ANY MODIFICATION OF THE APPLIANCE THAT HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED IN WRITING BY THE
TESTING AUTHORITY IS CONSIDERED AS BREACHING CSA B365 (CANADA), AND ANSI
NFPA 211 (USA).
 NEVER MODIFY THE AIR INTAKE CONTROL.
 DO NOT USE FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS OR AEROSOLS TO START OR REKINDLE THE FIRE.
 DO NOT USE FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS OR AEROSOLS IN THE VICINITY OF THIS APPLIANCE
WHEN IT IS OPERATING.
 DO NOT STORE FUEL WITHIN HEATER INSTALLATION CLEARANCES.
 OPEN AIR CONTROL (AND DAMPER WHEN FITTED) BEFORE OPENING FIRING DOOR.
 THIS STOVE IS NOT DESIGNED TO BE USED WITH THE DOOR OPEN. THE DOOR MAY BE OPEN
ONLY DURING LIGHTING PROCEDURES. NEVER LEAVE THE STOVE UNATTENDED WHEN THE
DOOR IS OPEN.
 HOT WHILE IN OPERATION, KEEP CHILDREN, CLOTHING AND FURNITURE AWAY. CONTACT
MAY CAUSE SKIN BURNS. WEAR GLOVES TO OPERATE YOUR STOVE.
CAUTIONS
 THIS APPLIANCE SHOULD BE MAINTAINED AND OPERATED AT ALL TIMES IN ACCORDANCE
WITH THESE INSTRUCTIONS.
 THE USE OF SOME TYPES OF PRESERVATIVE-TREATED WOOD AS A FUEL CAN BE
HAZARDOUS.
3.1 SAFETY INFORMATION
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
These stoves are designed for safe operation WHEN BURNING WOOD ONLY.
Altering or modifying the unit or installation without proper authorisation will void
the certification, warranty, and safety listing, and may result in a safety hazard.

For safety reasons, never leave the unit unattended with the door open or ajar.
An open door, and especially a door partially open or cracked, if left for longer
than required for good ignition can potentially result in unsafe chimney
temperatures, and if left unattended, in hot embers or ignited fuel falling out of
the unit. Prolonged door open operation is not necessary provided the unit has
been properly installed and dry kindling is used to start the fire.

Do not abuse the unit, either by over firing or by using wood or combustibles with
salt content or harmful chemicals. Misuse is not covered by warranty.

Even though your E.P.A Drolet has been specifically designed and tested to
prevent smoke spillage, always open the door slowly as this will minimise the
likelihood of smoke spillage or a back draft of flame or smoke into the room.

CAUTION: NEVER USE GASOLINE, GASOLINE-TYPE LANTERN FUEL,
KEROSENE, SOLVENTS, CHARCOAL LIGHTER FLUID, OR SIMILAR
LIQUIDS TO START OR "REFRESH" A FIRE IN THE STOVE. KEEP ALL
SUCH LIQUIDS WELL AWAY FROM THE STOVE WHILE IT IS IN USE.

All stove surfaces become very hot during operation. Care is needed, especially
with children, to avoid contact with those surfaces.

Do not elevate the fire by means of grates.

CAUTION: DO NOT OVER FIRE THIS HEATER. Do not burn fuel in the stove at a rate
higher than that which will cause the ember bed level to exceed half the door
opening height. We strongly recommend that you purchase a chimney (flue)
thermometer. There are two types of thermometers: probe thermometers and
magnetic thermometers (the later is also called “stove top thermometer”). If you
are using a probe thermometer, make sure that the temperature does not exceed
900oF (482oC). If you are using a magnetic thermometer, make sure that the
temperature does not exceed 475oF (246oC). If the door handle of the stove
becomes excessively hot to the touch, consider this to be an indication of over
firing. Over firing can result in a safety hazard and can permanently damage the
stove and chimney. This damage is not covered by the warranty.
Although the ceramic glass is extremely durable under any normal use, a few
precautions are required. Do not attempt to push logs further into the fire by
using the door, as the glass may break if any solid object heavily contacts it.


Never operate the stove with the door open, or cracked slightly open, except
briefly during the lighting operation, and during refuelling. Leaving the door open
continuously could seriously overheat the chimney and adjacent combustibles.
Do not operate the stove if there is an abnormal air leakage into the stove, such
as through deteriorated gaskets or cracked or broken glass. Do not operate the
stove without a door gasket. Leakage can result in overheating, or in very airtight
homes, could possibly cause smoking into the room. Smoke may contain carbon
monoxide, which is poisonous, and in sufficient quantities, is a health hazard.
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3.2 FUEL
Fuel for the stove must not be stored closer than the required clearances to
combustibles (heat sensitive materials). NEVER STORE WOOD IN THE ASH PAN
COMPARTMENT.
Your E.P.A Drolet stove is designed to burn WOOD ONLY. Do not burn coal, charcoal, or
trash in the unit. Highly flammable items such as trash may ignite creosote in the
chimney (flue), resulting in a chimney fire. Never burn salt wood, beach wood,
chemically treated wood, or wood removed from salt water, since the deposits left will
deteriorate the firebox. Damage caused by chemicals or salt is not covered under
warranty.
Seasoned cord wood is recommended. Wood should be air dried in a covered and
ventilated area for a minimum of six months (one year or more is recommended). This
reduces the moisture content of the wood, resulting in a better stove performance.
Wood species with moisture content of 20% or less are ideal. Dry, seasoned cord wood,
can be distinguished from green wood by the cracks at each end of the logs. Wet or
green wood will tend to cause the fire to smoulder, producing large amounts of creosote.
Creosote buildup could result in a chimney fire. This wood will also prove difficult to
keep burning properly, and fires will tend to go out. Green wood produces very little
heat, and sometimes causes customers to think that the stove does not work.
Decayed wood or low-density wood has very little energy content or heating value, and
will not burn satisfactorily for long periods of time. An example of the energy values of
some common wood fuels found in North America is given in the following table:
Wood species
Energy yield
(millions of BTU/cord)
Oak
29
Sugar Maple
28
Beech
26
High energy yield
Yellow birch
25
Ash
24
Elm
23
Larch (Tamarack)
23
Red Maple
23
Douglas red fir
23
Medium energy yield
Silver birch
22
Alder
18
Poplar
17
Hemlock
17
Spruce
17
Pine
17
Low energy yield
Bass
16
Fir
13
Data provided by Energy, Mines and Resources – Canada
TABLE 3.2 Energy yield for wood species
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3.2.1 The use of manufactured logs
There are numerous types of manufactured logs sold on the market. You must be very
careful with this type of product. Many brands of manufactured logs contain chemical
additives. DO NOT BURN ANY MANUFACTURED LOGS CONTAINING CHEMICAL
ADDITIVES. If you do, you may damage your stove and void the warranty. Logs
containing chemical additives burn a lot hotter and were designed for decorative
fireplaces. Decorative fireplaces generally have larger, cooler, and less air-tight
fireboxes. Your E.P.A Drolet stove, on the other hand, has a smaller, completely sealed
firebox which attains much higher temperatures. It is therefore not designed to support
excessive heat caused by the addition of chemicals in manufactured logs.
Manufactured logs made of 100% wood residues do not cause any threat to your stove.
You must however be careful. Manufactured logs typically release a much larger heat
output over a short period of time. Therefore, you cannot place a large quantity of such
logs into your stove, like you would with regular cord wood. Start with one log, and
gradually increase the load to 2 or 3 logs and see how your stove reacts. Use a
chimney (flue) thermometer and make sure that temperatures remain within the normal
operating range.
3.2.2 Simple wood moisture test
Add one large piece of wood to the top of an established fire. If it starts to burn on three
sides within one minute, it is dry and seasoned and right for burning. If it turns black and
starts to burn in about three minutes or more, it is damp. If it turns black and does not
start burning until five minutes or more, it is green and wet. If it hisses at any time, the
wood is soaked and will not burn until the excess of moisture is boiled away.
3.3 NOTES ABOUT FIRST FIRING
The fresh paint on your stove needs to be cured to preserve its quality. Once the fuel
load is properly ignited, only burn small fires in your stove for the first four hours of
operation. Never open the air control more than necessary to achieve a medium burn
rate. Make sure that there is enough air circulation while curing the stove. Open one or
more windows. The odours can be smelled during the 3 or 4 first fires. Never start your
stove outside.
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3.4 LIGHTING A FIRE

Place enough crumpled balls of newspaper or other paper into the stove to cover
the bottom of the firebox.

Place small and dry kindling on the crumpled paper.

Place larger and dry kindling on top of the small kindling.

Open the air intake control fully.

Light a fire at the bottom of the crumpled paper and close the door. If the fire
tends to go out momentarily, hold the door slightly ajar to activate the fire. As
soon as the fire catches hold, close the door.

Ideally the large kindling should be burned until a thick bed of red embers is
obtained. At that point, add cord wood fuel and continue to operate the draft
control wide open until the fire is well established. Once the firebox is hot, the air
control can be partially closed. After 30 minutes to one hour, you can close the
air control completely. In order to have the best indication of when you should
close the air control completely to operate your stove the most efficiently, use a
chimney (flue) thermometer. If you are using a probe thermometer, you can
close the air control completely when the temperature on the thermometer
reaches 900oF (482oC). If you are using a magnetic thermometer, you can close
the air control completely when the temperature on the thermometer reaches
475oF (246oC). Closing the air control down too soon will lower combustion
efficiency and may cause the fire to die out. Over a period of time, it may also
result in creosote build-up in the chimney (which could lead a chimney fire).
FIGURE 3.1 Air control
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3.5 MAINTAINING THE FIRE
Once the wood has been consumed (or partially consumed) and you have obtained a
good bed of embers, you should reload the unit. In order to do so, open the air control to
its maximum for approximately 15 seconds prior to opening the stove door. Then,
proceed by opening the door very slowly. Open it by 2” to 4” (52 to 104 mm) for 10 to 15
seconds before opening it completely. This procedure will increase the draft and thus
eliminate the smoke which is stagnant in a state of slow combustion in the stove. Then,
bring the red embers to the front of the stove and reload the unit. Depending on the
type of wood you burn and the strength of the draft in your flue, you may have to
leave the air control open to its maximum for more than 15 seconds to avoid
smoke spillage before you reload the stove.
Your E.P.A Drolet stove will work best if a thick bed of hot embers is maintained
in the bottom of the firebox and a minimum of two large pieces of seasoned fuel
are added. Combustion efficiency is largely related to establishing a hot ember
bed, and hot firebox temperatures. The quicker the stove and chimney (flue) get
up to normal operating temperatures, the better. A small intense fire is preferred
to a large smouldering fire, both to improve combustion efficiency and to reduce
the amount of creosote build-up. The best performance will be obtained by
adding relatively small amounts of fuel to a well established ember bed, and then
operating with the air inlet control open long enough to achieve a hot fire. The
wood should be placed with air in between individual pieces. Use a poker to
make an air channel in the embers below the wood. This will allow air to flow
under the wood for a more efficient burn.
In order to achieve an optimum efficiency from your unit, we suggest that you
operate it with the air control completely closed. Make sure that you have a good
fire going and an adequate ember bed before you completely close the air
control. Use a chimney thermometer if necessary. Closing the air control too
soon will lower combustion efficiency and may cause the fire to die out. The
addition of a blower (if not already included) is highly recommended to maximize
your unit’s efficiency.
3.6 FAN (BLOWER) OPERATION
If you have purchased and installed and optional fan (blower), allow the stove to reach
operating temperature (approximately one hour), before turning on the fan. The
increased airflow from the fan will cool the firebox and affect the start-up combustion
efficiency if the fan is turned on too quick.
CAUTIONS:
 ENSURE THAT THE FAN’S OR THERMODISC’S POWER CORD ARE NOT IN CONTACT WITH ANY
SURFACE OF THE STOVE TO PREVENT ELECTRICAL SHOCK OR FIRE DAMAGE. DO NOT RUN
ANY POWER CORD BENEATH THE STOVE.
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SECTION 4.0 MAINTENANCE
4.1 CLEANING AND PAINTING YOUR STOVE
Clean the stove frequently so that soot, ash, and creosote do not accumulate.
Special care must be taken with gold plated surfaces in order to maintain the
finish at its original brilliance. Do not use an abrasive cleaner which will scratch
the paint or plated finish. Use only a soft and clean damp cloth. Do not attempt
to clean the stove when the unit is hot.
If the paint becomes scratched or damaged, it is possible to give your wood
stove a brand new look, by repainting it with a 650oC heat resistant paint. For
this purpose, simply scrub the surface to be repainted with fine sand paper, clean
it properly, and apply thin coats (2) of paint successively. To retrieve the original
finish, use the paint supplied by the manufacturer.
4.2 GASKETING
It is recommended that you change the door gasket (which makes your stove
door air tight) once a year, in order to insure good control over the combustion,
maximum efficiency and security. To change the door gasket, simply remove the
damaged one. Carefully clean the gasket groove, apply a high temperature
silicone sold for this purpose, and install the new gasket. Use only the genuine
Drolet gasket. You may light up your stove again approximately 24 hours after
having completed this operation.
4.3 ASH REMOVAL
CAUTION: ASHES CAN START FIRES, EVEN AFTER SEVERAL DAYS OF INACTIVITY. NEVER
DISPOSE OF ASHES IN A COMBUSTIBLE CONTAINER. REMOVE ASHES WHEN THE STOVE AND
ASHES ARE COLD.
Ashes should be removed from the stove every few days or when ashes get to 2
to 3 inches deep. Always empty the stove when it is cold, such as in the morning.
Always dispose of ashes in a metal container with a tight fitting lid. Place this
container on a non combustible floor or on the ground, well away from all
combustible materials, pending final disposal. If the ashes are disposed of by
burial in soil or otherwise locally dispersed, they should be retained in the close
container until all cinders have thoroughly cooled.
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4.4 CHIMNEY (FLUE) CLEANING
Regular chimney (flue) maintenance, as well as good burning practices, is required to
prevent chimney fires. When wood (especially green wood) is burned without adequate
heat or air supply, it produces tar and other organic vapours (smoke), which combine
with expelled moisture to form creosote. The creosote vapours condense in the relatively
cool chimney of a slow-burning fire. As a result, creosote residues accumulate on the
chimney. When ignited, this creosote makes an extremely hot fire which could be
hazardous. Your E.P.A Drolet stove has been designed to reduce the amount of
creosote produced. Even so, the chimney and any chimney connector should be
inspected at least once every two months during the heating season to determine if a
creosote build-up has occurred (3 mm or more). If creosote has accumulated, it should
be removed to reduce the risk of a chimney fire. Call a professional chimney sweep, or
go to your local E.P.A Drolet dealer, purchase a chimney brush, and have the chimney
cleaned. The chimney and chimney connector must be in good condition and kept clean.
Contact your local, municipal, state, or provincial fire authority for information on how to
handle a chimney fire before there is any chance that it may happen.
4.5 DEALING WITH A CHIMNEY FIRE
Regular chimney maintenance and inspection can prevent chimney fires. If you have a
chimney fire, follow these steps:
1. Close the stove combustion air controls;
2. Alert your family of the possible danger;
3. If you require assistance, alert your fire department;
4. If possible, use a dry chemical fire extinguisher, baking soda or sand to control the
fire. Do not use water as it may cause a dangerous steam explosion;
5. Check outside to ensure that sparks and hot embers coming out of the chimney are
not igniting the roof;
6. Do not use the stove again until your chimney and stove have been inspected by a
qualified chimney sweep or a Fire Department Inspector;
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SECTION 5.0 FEATURES
5.1 ROCKET STOVE
Type of fuel :
Test standard :
Recommended surface :
Heating capacity* – BTU/hr.,
EPA test wood :
Heating capacity* – BTU/hr.,
seasoned cordwood :
Optimum efficiency :
Wood
ULC S627 and UL 1482
250 to 1000 sq. ft.
26,100
40,000
82%
*Why is the BTU indicated on the EPA label smaller than the one advertised?
You will notice a difference between the BTU output as indicated on the unit’s white EPA label
affixed to the glass and the BTU as advertised on our web site and/or product literature. The
maximum BTU output we advertise for this unit is what will be obtained with a full load of
seasoned cordwood inserted inside the firebox. The EPA output, on the other hand, is what has
been obtained during emissions testing. The EPA test procedure requires that a special type of
wood be used and positioned inside the firebox in a manner that does not represent the way the
firebox volume would normally be utilized using seasoned cordwood. The EPA test load is
typically much smaller. Hence, the BTU as per the EPA label is reduced. The BTU output that
should be considered by a normal user is the one we advertise for seasoned cordwood.
Shipping Weight :
233 lbs. (106 kg)
Firebox Volume :
1.3 cubic feet (0,037 m3)
Firebox Floor Area :
18’’W x 12.5’’D (457 mm x 317 mm)
Door Opening Size :
15’’W x 7.75’’H (381 mm x 196.8 mm)
Maximum Log Size :
17”W (431 mm)
Flue Outlet :
6’’ diameter (152 mm) - vertical
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BRICK LAYOUT
ITEM
1
2
3
4
PART #
29010
29010-CUT
29015
29015-CUT
DESCRIPTION
4 ½” X 9” BRICK
4 1/2'” X 9” BRICK (CUT)
4” X 9” BRICK
3" X 9" X 1 1/4'' BRICK
QTY
12
2
2
2
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DROLET LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY
The warranty of the manufacturer extends only to the original consumer purchaser and is not
transferable. This warranty covers brand new products only, which have not been altered, modified nor
repaired since shipment from factory. Proof of purchase (dated bill of sale), model name and serial
number must be supplied when making any warranty claim to your DROLET dealer.
This warranty applies to normal residential use only. Damages caused by misuse, abuse,
improper installation, lack of maintenance, over firing, negligence or accident during
transportation, power failures, downdrafts, or venting problems are not covered by this warranty.
This warranty does not cover any scratch, corrosion, distortion, or discoloration. Any defect or damage
caused by the use of unauthorized parts or others than original parts void this warranty. An authorized
qualified technician must perform the installation in accordance with the instructions supplied with this
product and all local and national building codes. Any service call related to an improper installation is
not covered by this warranty.
The manufacturer may require that defective products be returned or that digital pictures be provided to
support the claim. Returned products are to be shipped prepaid to the manufacturer for investigation. If a
product is found to be defective, the manufacturer will repair or replace such defect. Transportation fees
to ship the product back to the purchaser will be paid by the manufacturer. Repair work covered by the
warranty, executed at the purchaser’s domicile by an authorized qualified technician requires the prior
approval of the manufacturer. Labour cost and repair work to the account of the manufacturer are based
on predetermined rate schedule and must not exceed the wholesale price of the replacement part. All
parts and labour costs covered by this warranty are limited according to the table below.
The manufacturer at its discretion may decide to repair or replace any part or unit after inspection and
investigation of the defect. The manufacturer may, at its discretion, fully discharge all obligations with
respect to this warranty by refunding the wholesale price of any warranted but defective parts. The
manufacturer shall in no event be responsible for any special, indirect, consequential damages of any
nature, which are in excess of the original purchase price of the product. A one-time replacement limit
applies to all parts benefiting from a lifetime coverage. This warranty applies to products purchased after
October 1st, 2011.
DESCRIPTION
Combustion chamber (welds only) and castings.
Stainless steel firebox components, secondary air tubes*, surrounds and heat
shields, ash drawer, steel legs, pedestal, trims (aluminum extrusions), plating*
(defective manufacture), and convector air-mate.
Carbon steel firebox components, glass retainers, handle assembly, C-Cast
baffle*, and vermiculite baffle*.
Standard blowers, heat sensors, switches, rheostat, wiring, and other controls.
Optional blowers, ceramic glass (thermal breakage only*), paint (peeling),
gaskets, insulation, and ceramic fibre blankets.
Firebrick
*Pictures required
WARRANTY APPLICATION
PARTS
LABOUR
Lifetime
3 years
5 years
3 years
3 years
1 year
2 years
1 year
1 year
n/a
n/a
n/a
Shall your unit or a components be defective, contact immediately your DROLET dealer. Prior to your
call make sure you have the following information necessary to your warranty claim treatment:

Your name, address and telephone
number;
Bill of sale and dealer’s name;



Serial number and model name as indicated on the
nameplate fixed to the back of your unit;
Nature of the defect and any relevant information.
Before shipping your unit or defective component to our plant, you must obtain from your
DROLET dealer an Authorization Number. Any merchandise shipped to our plant without
authorization will be refused automatically and returned to sender.
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