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Publication numberUS3266480 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 16, 1966
Filing dateSep 23, 1965
Priority dateSep 23, 1965
Publication numberUS 3266480 A, US 3266480A, US-A-3266480, US3266480 A, US3266480A
InventorsMiller James H, Miller Lorin G
Original AssigneeMiller James H, Miller Lorin G
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Warm air furnace
US 3266480 A
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Aug. 16, 1966 M ETAL WARM AIR FURNACE I 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed Sept. 23. 1965 VENTORS (14/155 f y/14:2

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WARM AIR FURNACE Filed Sept. 23, 1965 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTORS L/4/755 M4452 BY [oz/1v GT Mllf/Q Afro/Q A/E Y5 United States Patent 3,266,480 WARM AIR FURNACE Lorin G. Miller and James H. Miller, both of 220 S. River, Eaton Rapids, Mich. Filed Sept. 23, 1965, Ser. No. 489,480 3 Claims. (Cl. 126-109) The .present invention, which is a continuation-in-part of our copending application entitled, Warm Air Furnace, Serial Number 299,990, filed on August 5, 1963, which in turn was a continuation-in-part of application Serial Number 125,690, filed on July 21, 1961, now abandoned, relates to a furnace and more particularly to an improved flame chamber for furnaces of the warm or hot air type and which assists in providing compactness, and fuel economy, and which makes possible furnaces for tight installation as in mobile homes, closet installations as in slab floor houses, and in other compact dwelling and working space. By reason of substantially complete combustion of organic fuel the structure of the present invention has been utilized as a combination heater and carbon dioxide generator in greenhouse applications. The unique flame chamber contributes to the unusual combustion efliciency.

The present invention wholly avoids overheating of the furnace outer walls and in addition, provides about an eighty-five percent efficiency of heat exchange while rendering the physical structure Olf the furnace extremely compact. In contrast to prior furnaces, the structural approach here taken to provide high efliciency, results in the desired compactness and com-fort with attendant safety and economy. The heat experienced from the use of the presently described structure is very uniform and easily amenable to simplified thermostatic control since the locale of the furnace and the elimination of heat directly emanating from the furnace walls does not upset desired uniformity of heat distribution and balance. These results are accomplished by a simplified fire box or flame chamber so that the combustion heat tortuously flows by the supporting exchange surfaces and so that the flame is shielded from direct exchanger contact and even from radiation contact with the outwardly facing exchanger surfaces. This arrangement extends the life of the tubular exchanger surfaces and a unique mantle liner in the flame chamber accomplishes unusual results in evening heat distribution to both primary and secondary exchanger surfaces. Collaterally, the baflle mantle, as will be seen, assists in providing an extremely efficient combustion. Extended testing under severe operating conditions has indicated minim-a1 exchange surface damage as compared to that experienced in many burner units where flame is thrown into direct contact with exchanger surfaces. By reason of substantially complete combustion no residue or soot contaminates the furnace or exchangers. This unusual structure has likewise resulted in minimization of fabricating costs since no special metals are required to resist burning. Forced air flow through the exchanger tubes is easily adjusted volumetrically by conventional control means so that flowing air at no point exceeds a maximum set temperature.

The hot air furnace of the present invention is readily convertible from oil to gas, either natural or bottled, and its efiiciency is independent of the fuel employed. Conditions maintained within the furnace are positive pressure conditions rendering stack height and negative pressure conditions from the stack less critical and resulting in a superior utilization of fuel.

In accord with the foregoing, the principal object of the present invention is to provide an improved furnace wherein the furnace walls cannot overheat even though they are closely adjoining the exchange surfaces.


Another object is to provide a much improved fire chamber and exchange surface arrangement Within the furnace in shielding the furnace outer surfaces from direct flame or radiation contact.

Another object of the present. invention is to provide a furnace operating with a positive pressure in the flame chamber thereby making the unit independent of stack height and avoiding negative pressure problems such as down draft and the like.

Another object is to provide a structure utilizing plural volumetric chokes or constrictions assuring positive pressure conditions in the combustion chamber and enhancing good heat exchange.

Still another object is to provide a highly efficient and compact furnace unit for mobile homes and the like which is prepackaged for economical installation.

Another object is to provide a chemi-luminescent relatively porous or fibrous mantle-like fire chamber in which combustion is upgraded so that a minimum of fuel residue appears in the exhaust.

Still another object is the provision of a completely pre- Other objects including improved comfort, safety, and

economical performance will be more readily appreciated as the description proceeds.

General description In general, a cluster of vertical tubular heat exchange members surround and support a flame chamber. The tubular members serve as heat exchanger surfaces with air to be heated passing through them. The exchanger tubes are in spaced apart adjacent relationship and are in adjacent abutting relation to a baffle mantle which extends between each of the tubes and faces inwardly toward the flame chamber. This lower and inner baffle mantle extends vertically about one-half the length of the exchanger tubes. The outer baflle commences at the top of the tubes and girdles the tube cluster toward the outside of the tubes in generally concentric spaced apart relationship from the lower baffle mantle. The lower baffle mantle comprises an inorganic fibrous insulating material which glows upon application of heat but which is not dependent upon organic binders so that it serves as an interrupter barrier in preventing flame contact with the tubes and outer baffle plate as flame is injected into the flame chamber. The refractory material of the bafile mantle is as set forth in US. Letters Patent 3,400,734 to John P. Rex, Jr., et al. In use, the baflle mantle glows with a chemiluminosity sulfusing the interior of the furnace with a radiant form of energy and exposing all primary exchange surfaces within sight of the baflle mantle. The baflles are arranged to provide a connected gap between a pair of tubes and the'flame gun is inserted between selected of the tubes and is aimed to deliver flame to the flame chamber portion defined by the lower baflle mantle. The inner sides of the tube surfaces serve as primary exchange surfaces and absorb radiant heat from the glowing mantle liner and from the rising combustion gases. The rising column of combustion gases is reversed in flow direction by contact with the upper tube support and plenum chamber floor and by the upper and outer baflie so that the gases are then passed downwardly between the tubes and then upwardly t0 the backs of the tubes serving as secondary exchange surfaces and then in upward swirling movement to exhaust. Hence, the path of the combustion gases approximates an S form originating in the combustion mantle and tortuously moving to exhaust. The fuel observed under operating-conditions is impinged upon or in the porous or fibrous mantle element and the result Patented August 16, 1966 is a very complete combustion with an almost incandescent glow and no observed flame or smoke.

Several volumetric chokes are seen in the present invention commencing with the flanged upper edge of the mantle element, the constriction of gases in motion around and under the outer baflle skirt exchanger tubes, and finally the constriction at the exhaust opening.

The air to be heated is forced through an upper manifold or plenum down the exchanger tubes, out through a lower manifold and thence to suitable ducting. A generally concentric sheath surrounds and is spaced from the tube cluster having a longitudinal partial opening accommodating the flame gun and an opening communicating with the exhaust stack. A ceramic plug aligning the gun may be provided with a pair of access openings therethrough, a lower gun port and an upper inspection port. Thus, a tubular wall is placed about the tube cluster and horizontal tube supports provide a ceiling and floor closing the furnace while providing vertical communication for warmed air with provisions for separate exhaust of combustible gases.

An outer sheet metal surface or furnace jacket is closely fitted to the wall and provides suitable and decorative mounting means for the flame gun, the stack ducting and automatic controls. No insulation as between exchange tubes and walls or jacket is required since by reason of the baffling no direct contact with flame or radiation occurs. This greatly minimizes space requirements and is possible because of the eflicient heat exchange. Combustion is sustained by oxygen drawn from the air coming into the furnace at floor level and the gun is shieded by a gun tube and by a ceramic plug or block if desired. Exhaust gases exit above the flame gun and on a level approximating the floor of the plenum or fresh air manifold. In operation, a room thermostat (remote from the furnace) signals the requirement for heat and the burner gun is ignited. The room thermostat, when satisfied, shuts off the gun but the blower continues in operation until dissipation of heat from the exchanger. The blower control is adjustable to maintain proper delivery temperature in the heated air. From a safety point of view the burner may be shut off whenever the blower compartment achieves or exceeds a set temperature and the lower limit switch will break the circuit to the gun if temperatures at that point achieve or exceed a set temperature. A further monitoring control may be used to prevent energization of the burner or gun circuit upon any failure of ignition. While the controls form no part of the present invention, the general circuitry, well known in the art, is described in a general manner to indicate the simplicity and adaptability of the present invention to fully automated control with safety interlocks.

. During the flame period, the flame chamber is maintained at a positive pressure by volumetric flow adjustment as between flame chamber, secondary heat chamber, and stack entry. This may be viewed as sequential orificial constriction.

In the drawing:

FIGURE 1 is a perspectiveview of the furnace of the present invention and indicating its compact arrangement and indicating in partial broken line the installation of stack, burner gun, mantle baflle and fire box, exchanger and path of combustion gases.

FIGURE 2 is a perspective view of a group of exchanger tubes and showing the upper baflles in position and indicating the burner or gun position in phantom line.

FIGURE 3 is a perspective view of a modified form of exchanger tube cluster with baffles in position.

FIGURE 4 is an exploded view of a furnace in accord with the present invention and indicating the principal construction elements and their interrelationship.

FIGURE 5 is a full cross section elevation view taken through the structure as shown in FIGURE 1 and with flow arrows to indicate the direction of movement of air and combustion gases.

FIGURE 6 is a top elevation cross section taken on the line VI-VI of FIGURE 5.

FIGURE 7 is a perspective view of a mantle bafile comprising the flame chamber of the present invention and indicating the flanged opening providing an orificial constriction to combustion gases.

Specific description Referring to the drawing and specifically to FIGURE 1, it will be seen that the unit described is extremely compact, the furnace 11 being rectangular in cross section and having flush side walls 12 and back 13. This allows the furnace unit 11 to be directly mounted in a closet or alcove flush against adjacent walls. The face cover 14 is removable and encloses the complete mechanical portion of the structure including burner 15, drive 16, jog provisions for stack entry 17, gun port 18 and visual access opening cover 19 A control panel, not shown, is also conveniently positionable within the face cover 14. The exhaust stack 20 extends from the upper front portion of the furnace 11 and through the cover 21. The cover 21 encloses a blower 22 and plenum or air manifold 23 delivering air to be heated downwardly through the exchanger tubes 24 as will be seen. A plurality of the exchanger tubes 24 are arranged in a tube cluster and communicate at the top with the plenum or entry manifold 23 and at the bottom with a delivery chamber or exit manifold 25 connected to warm air delivery conduit 26. Upper closure plate 27 orients the tubes 24 as does floor plate 28 and the plates 27 and 28 thus define the upper and lower bounds of the heating portion of the furnace 11.

The tubes 24 are clustered concentrically about a flame chamber which comprises a mantle bafile 29. Accordingly, the mantle baflle 29 rests on the floor plate 28 and extends upwardly for about one-half the length of the tubes 24 clustered thereabout. The mantle baflle 29 serves to screen direct flame contact from the tubes 24 and, as will be seen, emits a chemi-luminescent radiance when fired. The mantle bafile 29 is accordingly provided with a side entry gun port 30 (see FIGURE 5) and a flanged upper opening 3.1 which provides an orificial first choke on expanding gases.

An outer tube connecting baflle 32 intermediate each of the tubes 24 extends downwardly from the plate 27 to within a relatively short distance upward from the floor plate 28. The gap between the lower edge 33 of the baffle 32 and the floor plate 28 provides an additional flow constriction to exhaust gases and serves to separate the tubes 24 into primary (inner) exchange surfaces and secondary (outer) exchange surfaces. The primary (inner) surfaces of the tubes 24 are exposed to the chemi-luminescen-t glow from the baflle mantle 29. The secondary (outer) surfaces of the tubes 24 are primarily exposed to the partially heat stripped gases moving upwardly. An outer encasement 34 surrounds the tubes 24 and is spaced outwardly therefrom providing an outer upward passage for exhaust gases until they exhaust through the stack entry 17 in a final volumetric constriction.

The general arrangement of tubes 24 is best appreciated by reference to FIGURE 2 where a rectangular cluster of the tubes 24 is shown. The outer baffles 32 are shown spacing each of the tubes from the next adjacent tube. The outer baffles 32 extend from the tops of the tubes 24 downwardly and the lower edge 33 of the outer baffles 32 stops short of the lower ends of the tubes 24. As will be noted, one side of the cluster of tubes 24 is spaced apart by the front plate 35 which, like the baffles 32, extends downwardly from the upper edge of the tubes 24 but terminates slightly below the middle length of the tubes 24 so as to provide access for the flame gun 15 (phantom line). The front plate 35 includes an opening 36 for the visual inspection port 19.

When the gun 15 is finally positioned it is secured in aligned relation by gun tube 37 positioned by gun aperture plate 38 which closes the opening 39 shown in the FIGURE 2. In some instances, it is desirable to utilize a ceramic plug as a centering structure for the nozzle of the gun 15. The outer encasement 34 is provided with the stack entry 17 so that exhaust gases pass from the interior of the structure and upwardly into the exhaust chamber 40 and into the stack 20 as they are trapped between the upper closure plate 27, the outer baffles 32, connected tubes 24, and interior walls of encasement 34. It will be thus appreciated that combustion gases pass from the bafile mantle upwardly and are then forced downwardly by the upper closure plate 27 and baffles 32 in peripheral contact with the inner (primary) exchange surfaces of the tubes 24. Then the combustion gases rise in contact with the outer (secondary) exchange portions of the tubes 24 and swirl toward the stack entry 17 moving between the outer baffles 32 and outer encasement 34 and passing between the front plate 35 and outer encasement 34. The combustion gases are thus seen to describe an S pattern of flow in the furnace 11 and direct flame contact with any surfaces is prevented by confinement of actual combustion within the mantle bafiie 29. From the center of the structure in the baffle mantle 29 gases pass radially upward, then downwardly and radially under the skirt formed by the baffles 32, then upwardly and swirlingly to the front positioned stack entry 17.

As will be appreciated, a variety of forms of tube cluster as well as tubes may be utilized and in FIGURE 3 the tubes 24 are cylindrically arranged in spaced apart vertical grouping with outer baffles 32 extending from the upper edge of tubes 24 downwardly as previously described and clustered about an inner bafile mantle 29'. The front plate has been removed for clarity and the opening 31 through the tube cluster is shown and also the opening 30 in the baflle mantle 29 as access for the flame gun (not shown). No special metals need be used since corrosion is substantially avoided by reason of complete combustion in the baffle mantle 29 and 29' and the avoidance of direct metal contact with flame.

In the exploded view of FIGURE 4 the relationship of elements in the FIGURE 1 can be better appreciated. The tube cluster, comprising a plurality of upstanding tubes 24, as seen in FIGURE 2, provides the necessary exchange capacity and outer bafiling support. The cluster of tubes 24 is positioned and grouped concentrically and in perimetric upright relationship about the inner baflie mantle 29 resting on a palette 41 closing the bailie mantle 29 at the bottom and resting on the floor plate 28.

The tubes 24 are secured as by swaging or welding in the openings 42 of the floor plate 28. The upper closure plate 27 provided with openings 42 in register with the tubes 24 is secured to the tubes 24 as in the instance of the floor plate 28. The upper closure plate 27 is also provided with a semi-circular cut-away front portion 44 for accommodation of the stack fitting 45. Mated with the stack plate 46, also provided with a semicircular cut-away portion 47, this provides stack support spaced outwardly from the tube cluster and outwardly from the front plate 35. This assembly of vertical tubes 24 and outer bafiles 32 secured between upper closure plate 27 and floor plate 28 and including b-affle mantle 29 is enclosed in the outer encasement 34, the encasement 34 being spaced apart from contact with the tubes 24 and front plate 35. The stack entry opening 17 at the face of the structure is provided with a jog 40 closing against the upper closure plate 27 and stack plate 46 to provide a communicating passage from the interior to the stack 20 via the stack fitting 45. Gun tube 37 extending through aperture plate 38 provides mounting means for the flame gun 15 through the front face of the encasement 34. The tube 37 is in registry relation with the opening 30 in the baffle mantle 29. The visual port cover 19 and attached inspection tube 49 is insertable through the registry opening 48 provided through the encasement and above the baffle mantle 29. Thus, the opening 48 for the visual inspection cover 19 is in 6 register with the corresponding opening 36 in the face plate 35. The inspection tube 49 is insertable through the openings 48 and 36 for observation of conditions in furnace 11.

Spaced above the upper closure plate 27 is a chamber top plate 50 having an opening 51 therethrough for accommodation of the stack fitting 45. The chamber top plate 50 also provides mounting support for the blower 22. The blower 22 in its air receiver compartment 52 forces air downward through the chamber top plate 50 and into the plenum chamber 23, through the tubes 24 and then to distributing chamber 25 at the bottom of the furnace structure. -T he vertical spacing between the chamber top plate 50 and the closure plate 27 is established by the height of the tubular portion of the fitting 45 and is otherwise bounded by the outer encasing furnace walls 12 and back 13 and across the front by a panel 53 shown in FIGURE 5.

- By reference to FIGURE 5 the relationship of assembled elements can best be seen in a full cross section taken on a plane passed front to back through the center of the structure of FIGURE 1 where front as used herein has reference to the s-ide'of the device through which the flame gun 15 is passed. Combustion occurs wholly within the mantle baflie 29 and the mantle achieves a chemi-luminescen-ce at the commencement of combustion so that a glow of the mantle occurs throughout the porous material comprising the mantle and which contributes to high combustion efficiency and converts the heat within the structure to a radiant rather than flame contact exposure of primary surfaces. The ignition cf the incoming fuel is so instantaneous that no definite flame form is visible, yet the entire baffle mantle 29 produces high energy with no smoke, residue, or carbon monoxide assuming adequate oxygen fuel ratio at or above stoichiometric requirements for burner and furnace size. The exhaust gases pass upwardly through the opening 31 in the bafile mantle 29 and are constricted in flow by the flange 54 defining the orificial opening 31. Thereupon the combustion gases are permitted to expand volumetrically upward and outward until confinement by the upper closure plate 27 and the" tube connected outer baffles 32. This forces the gases downwardly and around the outer case of the mantle baflie 29 in contact with the inner facing exposed surfaces of the tubes 24. Then the gases are again constricted by the gap formed between outer baffles 32 and the floor plate 28 whereupon the gases again expand and rise in exchange relation with the outer and secondary faces of the tube 24 and then pass forwardly and upwardly in the space between encasement 34 and baffies 32 to exhaust through the stack entry 17 and thence upward into the stack 20. By reference to FIGURE 1, incoming ambient air is admitted to the chamber 52 through the louvered entry 55 through the face cover 14 and is thereupon forced into the plenum chamber 23 by the action of the blower 22. Upon entry of ambient air to chamber 52, some preheat occurs as the incoming air courses around the stack 20 rising vertically through the chamber 52. The air in the plenum 23 is heated in passage against the upper closure plate 27 and in the tubes 24. Accordingly, that portion of the upper closure plate 27 exposed to the radiant heat source actually serves as a primary exchange surface. The \balance of the closure plate 27 screened from the radiant heat source is a secondary exchange surface. The air to be warmed moves vertically downwardly through the tubes 24 to the distributing chamber 25 and thence through distributor ducts 26 to points of use remote from the furnace 11. In FIGURE 6 this relationship is best seen and indicating the baffie mantle 29 serving as a flame chamber and as a control baflie for ex-- panding combustion gases with the flow of air passing downwardly through the tubes 24. The FIGURE 6 also best shows the passage of exhaust combustion gases through the stack entry 17 in a final constriction of the spent gases.

In FIGURE 7 the bafifle mantle 29 is illustrated in perspective and is seen to comprise a molded generally tubular body 56 having an upper flange 54 defining a top opening 31 therethrough and generally axially positioned with respect to the body 56.

A transverse opening 31, at right angles to the axis of the body 56 opens through the wall of the baffle mantle 29. As will be appreciated, this serves as an aperture for the flame. gun through the gun tube 37. The baflie mantle 29 thus contains all flame and glows with a chemiluminescence conducive to complete combustion and places the heat energy in the most advantageous radiant form for eificient exchange. It is believed that injected fuel particles impinge on the porous inner Walls of the baffle mantle 29 and are consumed in this position, the radiant heat in the mantle greatly assisting in the achievement of complete combustion. To achieve the desired chemi-luminescence, the bafl le mantle 29 is molded from an inorganic fibrous refractory material having a substantial degree of fibrous porosity and held together with an inorganic binder. It may be backed by a metal sheath (not shown) or in thicker material may be free standing as illustrated. Where metal backing is used, the baflle mantle maintains its chemi-luminescence and prevents direct flame contact with the metal. The material comprising the baffle mantle is resistant to heat destruction up to temperatures of 4200 degrees Fahrenheit and may be viewed as a refractory shield capable of suifusing heat in a radiant (light) form so as to provide a transmission of heat in a form ready for efficient transfer. In addition, the baffle mantle screens all primary surfaces from direct flame con-tact thereby extending the life of the furnace and avoiding oxidizing and corrosive destruction of the exchange surfaces.

Operation of the furnace of the present invention is quite unique in that the flame chamber defined by the baflie mantle 29 is maintained under a positive pressure resulting from three constrictions imposed upon the volumetric flow of exhaust gases. The first constriction occurs by reason of the flange 54 at the baffle mantle 29. The second constriction occurs as the outer baflle arrangement approaches closure with the floor plate 28. The final constriction occurs at the stack entry 17 and may be modified by additional constrictions in the stack 20 as desired. By operating under positive pressure, the furnace 11 in accord herewith delimits the crit-icality of stack draft and causes an environment which upgrades exchange efliciency. This pressure differential is of a magnitude of .0204 inch of water above above an ambient atmosphere condition. This condition obtains with an input of '14.4 cubic feet/minute to the flame chamber formed by the baflie mantle 29 and an exhaust through the flange constriction of 58.7 cubic feet/minute of expanded gases. Substantially all known furnace devices have heretofore been designed to employ a negative pressure in the flame chamber and are accordingly dependent upon highly critical stack conditions for most efficient operation. The device of the present invention uses the stack solely as a conduit for spent gases and does not rely upon induced: flow for the establishment of a furnace environment of negative pressure, or a pressure below ambient condition. The operation of the described structure is also characterized by a very slow rise in stack temperature requiring approximately 10 minutes for an elevation of 400 degrees. This is at substantial variance from existing structures most of which rely heavily upon an induced or forced draft rendering the stack highly critical. This slow rise in stack temperature is indicative of the highly eflicient exchange or heat utilization. Substantial economies in operation are realizable with the described devices.

Test of exhaust gases from furnaces in accord with the foregoing description show no carbon monoxide hence indicating a substantially complete combustion varying from 100 percent to the extent of included sulphur fractions varying largely with particular fuels utilized. Accordingly, devices in accord with the foregoing description have served as carbon dioxide generators operating without stack and favorably received in greenhouse operations where heat and high carbon dioxide is sought.

Oxygen for sustaining complete combustion is admitted at the gun 15 With fuel injected into the baffle mantle 29.

Closest known furnace devices are those of A. T. Lanphere in United States Letters Patent 173,173 and H. L. De Frees, United States Letters Patent 2,155,968. Both utilize tubular exchangers in a Warm air furnace structure. Both are understood to rely heavily upon stack conditions for eflicient operation and are accordingly viewed as negative pressure combustion structures. In United States Letters Patent 173,173 it is understood that the flow of air is upward through the tubular exchangers and the baflfling arrangement indicated does not describe the characteristic S curve developed by the directed gases in the present invention. This is also true of the device of United States Letters Patent 2,155,968, insofar as gas flow direction is concerned, and additionally, the diagonal bafliing is seen to impose only a U pattern to the combustion products. Neither of these known furnaces suggests a chemi-luminescent combustion chamber, itself providing a primary constriction or choke and serving as a radiant energy filament shielding direct flame from ex posure to exchange surfaces.

Excellent exchange efliciencies are found in the described structures and the efficiency of combustion using the described baflle mantel 29 has substantially eliminated the production of carbon monoxide.

Having thus described our invention, it will be appreciated by those skilled in the art that various modifications and improvements may be included. Such modifications and improvements are intended to be included herein limited only by the scope of the hereinafter appended claims.

We claim:

1. A flame chamber for positive pressure Warm air furnaces comprising:

(a) a cylindrical inorganic fibrous tube defining a restricted uppermost opening through which combustion gases pass, and closed at the lowermost end and having a transverse opening through the walls thereof and forming a positive pressure choke for generated combustion gases; and

(b) a plurality of spaced apart vertical heat exchanger tubes in concentric contact arrangement in support of said fibrous tube, said fibrous tube shielding said exchanger tubes from direct flame contact while permitting luminescent heat permeation.

2. A flame chamber for positive pressure warm air furnaces comprising:

(a) a cylindrical inorganic fibrous tube defining a flame chamber serving as a baffle preventing direct flame contact with metal surfaces and including a transverse opening therethrough for the introduction of fuel as by a flame gun and a restricted opening at the upper end thereof for vertical escape of combustion gases; and

(b) a plurality of vertical heat exchanger tubes parallel to the axis of said flame chamber and in support contact therewith, and having their inwardly facing walls partially in substantial line contact with the outer wall of said flame chamber, said inwardly facing Walls providing a primary heat exchange surface, and integral outwardly facing tube walls providing a secondary exchange surface, said primary surface shielded from flame contact by said flame chamber.

3. A flame mantle for warm air furnaces comprising:

(a) a tubular cylindrical fibrous and porous thin wall flame confining element, upon and in the walls of which fuel is impinged for burning thereby converting heat energy to a light form without attendant 9 10 flame, the uppermost end of which defines a conopening intersecting the vertical axis of said flame stricted opening and the lower end of which element confining element. is closed; (b) a plurality of spaced apart heat exchanger tubes References Cited by the Examiner in vertical adjacent support relationship to said flame 5 confining element, the axe-s of said exchanger tubes UNITED STATES PATENTS paralleling the axis of said flame confining element; ,6 9,7 2 1/19 9 Balmat 158-4 and, 2,117,511 5/ 1938 Scott 122-333 (c) an opening defined transversely through the wall of said flame confining element, the axis of said 10 JAMES WESTHAVER, Primary Examiner-

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U.S. Classification126/109, 431/171, 122/333
International ClassificationF24H3/02, F24H3/08
Cooperative ClassificationF24H3/087
European ClassificationF24H3/08C