SPACE-RAY'S COLD AIR STOPPER™ DAMPER SYSTEM ADDS TO THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF ITS POULTRY TUBE HEATERS

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

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina USA - A patent-pending damper system called the Cold Air Stopper™* has been introduced by Space-Ray of Charlotte, North Carolina USA for its complete line of CTA and CTS model radiant gas tube heating systems.

The innovative Space-Ray Cold Air Stopper™ stops cold or hot air from entering the poultry house when the heaters are not in operation during cold winter and warm summer days. This enhances the energy efficiency of the tube heaters, saves fuel and assures a more comfortable chick environment.

Included as standard equipment on all ceiling ducted Space-Ray poultry tube heaters, the Cold Air Stopper™ includes a unique damper system that inserts into the inlet side of the fresh air duct system.

In winter, before the tube heater fires up, the internal fan of the heater comes on and automatically pulls the cold air stopper open.  This allows the introduction of fresh air for combustion.  When the tube heater turns off, the spring on the cold air stopper closes to prevent frigid air from being pulled into the poultry house through the non-operating heater.

Likewise in summer, when the tube heater is not in operation, the "cold air stopper" stops hot air from entering the poultry house through the heater.  During hot weather, the closed damper forces the introduction of air into the house through the evaporative cooling system as intended. By stopping cold outside air from entering the house through the non-operating tube heater, condensation (sweating) is prevented from forming on the warm metal tube heater control box.  This can help prevent condensation from dropping on the litter or the birds and enhances the life of the heating system.

"The Cold Air Stopper™ allows additional fuel savings in the poultry house and adds to the efficiency of our line of radiant gas tube heaters," noted Wilf Jackson, Sales Director of Space-Ray's Poultry Products Division.  "The system also stops the sweating problem sometimes seen on tube heater control boxes." Jackson added that although Space-Ray poultry tube heaters are already among the most energy efficient on the market, our research and development team is always looking for further ways to increase the heater's energy efficiency. "We want to maintain our position as the one of the most energy efficient heaters available for the poultry house," Jackson said.

Radiant Gas Tube Heaters Described
Each Space-Ray ceiling ducted CTA and CTS Series poultry tube heater includes a cold air stopper along with an unique one-piece fresh air duct kit that is easy to insert into the ceiling cavity to bring clean air for the combustion tube heater.  Also included, at no additional cost with each heater, are connection wires, a manual shut off valve and a flexible gas connector.

Available in either natural or propane gas, Space-Ray's tube heaters for heating poultry houses range in capacity from 80,000 to 125,000 BTU/hr.  Tube lengths vary from 30 to 50 ft (9.1 to 15.2 meters).  Heaters have recommended mounting heights from 7.3 to 8.4 ft (2.2. to 2.6 meters) above the floor, depending on the unit selected, and 6 in. (15.2 cm) from the ceiling. This allows locating the units away from potential damage during the catching and cleaning process between crops.

Other unique features of the Space-Ray radiant gas tube heaters are the self-enclosed draft inducers, calorized aluminized steel emitter tubes and enclosed reflector ends.  The self-enclosed draft inducer pulls products of combustion through the combustion chamber, providing more even tube temperatures and increasing efficiency and safety.

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 tube heaters operate using the same principle as the sun's rays. 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.

Designers of the original radiant gas brooder in 1958, Space-Ray also designed and certified the first unit tube heater in 1968.  Years of experience underscore the reliability and dependability of Space-Ray products. Besides a complete line of tube-type gas heaters, Space-Ray offers a complete line of radiant gas brooders and a single jet brooder for poultry applications. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina USA, Space-Ray also has a facility located in Ipswich, England.

*The patent-pending Cold Air Stopper™ damper system from Space-Ray of Charlotte, North Carolina USA stops cold or hot air from entering the poultry house when the tube heaters are not in operation during cold winter and hot summer days. This enhances the energy efficiency of the tube heaters, saves fuel and assures a more comfortable chick environment.

Only available on Space-Ray poultry tube heaters, the new Cold Air Stopper™ is a damper that automatically closes when the heater is not in operation.  In the winter, the internal fan of the heater comes on and automatically pulls the cold air stopper open.  This allows the introduction of fresh air for combustion.  When the tube heater turns off, the spring on the cold air stopper closes to prevent frigid air from being pulled into the poultry house through the non-operating heater. Likewise in summer, when the tube heater is not in operation, the system stops hot air from entering the poultry house through the heater.  During hot weather, the closed damper forces the introduction of air into the house through the evaporative cooling system as intended.