ANSI (AMERICAN NATIONAL STANDARDS INSTITUTE) - A private non-profit organization that oversees the development of voluntary consensus standards for products, services, processes, systems, and personnel in the United States.
ATOMIZE - The process of reducing fuel to tiny particles or a fine spray for combustion in the case of heating products.
BTU (BRITISH THERMAL UNITS) - A unit of energy used in the heating and cooling industry to rate the output of an appliance. A BTU is the approximate amount of energy needed to heat one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit.
BURNER - A device to generate a flame to heat up products using a gaseous fuel such as natural gas or propane. Some burners have an air inlet to mix the fuel gas with air to make a complete combustion.
BURNER HEAD (FLAME CAP) - The capped end of a combustion chamber usually used to mount/house spray nozzles, spark electrodes, temperature limit assemblies and thermocouples.
CFM (CUBIC FEET/MINUTE) - A unit of measure used to rate the volume of warm air moved by a heater.
COMBUSTION CHAMBER - A steel enclosure found on our Forced Air products, in which combustion of propane or kerosene, is initiated and controlled.
CSA (CANADIAN STANDARDS ASSOCIATION) - A not-for-profit standards organization which develops and publishes standards in print and electronic form, providing training and advisory services in the testing and certification of safety and performance in electrical and electronic equipment, industrial equipment, boilers and pressure vessels, compressed gas handling appliances, environmental protection, and construction materials.
ELECTRODE - A conductor through which an electric current enters or leaves an electrical arc for the purpose of igniting an air/fuel mixture.
IGNITOR (IGNITER) - Device used to increase and transmit voltage to spark electrodes for the purpose of igniting an air/fuel mixture.
inH2O (INCH WATER COLUMN) - Defined as the pressure exerted by a column of water of 1 inch in height at defined conditions. Inch WC is a unit of measure used to rate input pressure in gas supply lines.
LIQUID WITHDRAWAL PROPANE SETUP - Uses the liquid from the bottom of the tank. This is done with a special valve which is installed on a normal propane cylinder. Liquid withdrawal setups cannot be used with a vapor withdrawal appliance.
PIEZO IGNITOR - Manually actuated ignition producing one spark per push, press, turn etc. The defined action deforms a crystalline material (quartz) producing a high voltage and subsequent electrical spark, igniting a gas fuel supply.
PSI (POUNDS/SQUARE INCH) - Defined as the pressure exerted by a column of water of 1 inch in height at defined conditions. Inch WC is a unit of measure used to rate input pressure in gas supply lines.
SOLENOID VALVE - An electromechanically operated valve where its opening and closing are controlled by an electric current.
THERMOCOUPLE - A temperature sensor device that when heated, creates a voltage that is used in conjunction with a solenoid valve to only allow fuel to be supplied when a flame is present.
UL (UNDERWRITERS LABORATORIES) - An independent, not-for-profit product safety testing and certification organization. UL has been testing products for public safety for more than a century.
VAPOR WITHDRAWAL PROPANE SETUP - Uses the vaporized gas from the top of the propane storage tank via a vapor withdrawal regulator. Vapor withdrawal cannot be used on a liquid withdrawal appliance.