SPACE-RAY RADIANT GAS BROODER PROVIDES NEW EASY- TO- CLEAN AND MAINTAIN FEATURES UNIQUE TO THE INDUSTRY

Contact:        Frank Horne, Jr.                              For Immediate Release
                        (704)   372-3485                               September, 2006

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina USA - A new radiant gas brooder with a maintenance friendly design for easier access to components, such as the pilot and main burner orifices, is now available to the poultry industry from Space-Ray of Charlotte, North Carolina USA.

The unique design of the 40,000 BTU/capacity (11.72 kW) American-made Space-Ray Model SRB-40EZ (Easy to Clean and Maintain) radiant gas brooder provides quick, trouble-free access to the main burner and pilot orifices.  To access the pilot orifice simply remove the pull off metal protective shield using a pair of pliers.  A quick release mechanism allows easy access to the main burner orifice, with a push in thermocouple making cleaning and replacement easier.  The result is fast and easier maintenance for lower operating costs and longer life.

Available in natural or propane gas models, the extremely efficient radiant gas brooder has a broad heat pattern and offers fuel savings up to 25 percent compared to other types of brooding systems.

Space-Ray's patented Windbuster™ Pilot System* enhances flame stability and dependable ignition for virtual trouble free operation, even with wind speeds up to 7 mph. (11.2 km).

The new brooder comes with Direct Spark Ignition (DSI), 24-Volt Zone Control or individual thermostat control versions for use in either single or multi-zone operations.  Individual thermostats, a computer or an environmental controller controls multi-zone operations.   

The DSI version comes with a powerful spark ignition system to directly light the main burner, resulting in propane gas savings of up to 5.8 gallons (22 liters) a day compared to a standing pilot.  This eliminates the maintenance and the added fuel consumption associated with a standing pilot.

"The new SRB-40EZ brooder makes maintenance easier and less stressful and only requires a set of pliers instead of a multitude of other tools," noted Wilf Jackson, Sales Director of Space-Ray's Poultry Products Division.  "With other units, maintenance is a more cumbersome chore that takes much more time.  Periodic maintenance of the pilot and burner orifices is necessary to provide for more efficient operation using less fuel."

Space-Ray Model SRB-40EZ Detailed
The Space-Ray Model SRB-40EZ radiant gas brooder consists of three main corrosion-resistant components: a precisely-designed aluminum canopy (or optional spun steel canopy) that reflects heat to the primary brooder areaand establishes an effective heating pattern; an enclosed and fully insulated high grade stainless steel emitter to maintain efficient operation for years of heating comfort and use; and a durable cast iron cap with large burner ports to further guarantee even heat distribution.

The brooder's broad heat pattern is enhanced by Space-Ray's unique 60° emitter angle that is especially designed to aim heat directly at the birds where it is needed most.  The aluminum canopy reflects virtually all of the radiant heat to the bird level where it is needed most. Space-Ray's stainless steel emitter assembly is fully insulated and enclosed so the insulation will not crumble or distort in the tough operating conditions normally found in poultry houses. A safety pan under the burner shields the litter area under the brooder.

Radiant Heat Principle Detailed
Unlike space heaters that work from the top down heating the air and upper areas of the poultry house first before stratifying down to heat the birds, the Space-Ray radiant gas brooders operate using the same principle as the sun's rays.  Radiant warmth is delivered directly to the brooding area where it is needed most, passing heat directly to the litter area and the birds themselves before heating the air.  This accomplishes two things.  First, the radiant heat helps dry out the litter, keeping ammonia levels lower; and second, the heated floor acts as a thermal reservoir trapping and recycling heat to save energy. Jackson added that an effective heating system with easy to clean and maintain features like the new SRB-40EZ radiant gas brooder is just as critical to stimulating bird growth as feed and water.        

"With our brooders, chicks can select their own rearing environment due to the broad, uniform heat pattern produced by our large radiant emitter which aims heat directly at the chicks, " Jackson noted.  "This is often not the case with space heaters or pancake-type brooding systems. In fact, based on our over 40 years experience, our radiant gas brooders have proven to provide more reliable and efficient heating at less cost using less units."

Designers of the original radiant gas brooder in 1958, Space-Ray radiant gas brooders have stood the test of time.  Space-Ray brooders come with a full three-year limited warranty on the entire radiant heat emitter assembly and a one-year limited warranty on all other components.

Besides its radiant brooder, Space-Ray offers a new single jet brooder and a complete line of tube-type gas heaters for poultry applications. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina USA, Space-Ray Division also has a facility located in Ipswich, England.

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The Space-Ray Model SRB-40EZ (Easy to Clean and Maintain) radiant gas brooder from Space-Ray of Charlotte, North Carolina, has a unique maintenance friendly design for easier access to components such as the pilot and main burner orifices. Available in natural or propane gas models, the extremely efficient 40,000 BTU/capacity (11.72 kW) American-made radiant gas brooder has a broad heat pattern and offers fuel savings up to 25 percent compared to other types of brooding systems.

The unique design of the 40,000 BTU/capacity (11.72 kW) American-made Space-Ray Model SRB-40EZ (Easy to Clean and Maintain) radiant gas brooder provides quick, trouble-free access to the main burner and pilot orifices.  To access the main burner orifice, as shown above, simply slide back the quick release bracket.  This provides easy access to the main burner orifice.  Other easy maintenance features include a push in thermocouple and pilot shield that can be easily removed using a pair of pliers.  The result is fast and easier maintenance for lower operating costs and longer life.

*US Patent Number 7.086,855