February 16, 2018
Zmax High Tech Wood Fireplace

High-Tech Fireplace Series

The High Technology Series includes four fireplace models: the Z-MAX (HT), Chalet (HT), Chalet (HT) See Through, and the Great Room (HT). These are our legacy products and were built to give you the ultimate wood burning experience.  Air within your home is drawn in through the lower grill by a thermostatically-controlled fan. The air is forced through the back passage of the system and is circulated then vented back into the space through top vents. All our high-tech fireplaces can be made for zero clearance installation and all (excluding Z-MAX) can be made to accommodate a Masonry installation.

Chalet See Through High Technology Fireplace

Chalet See Through High Technology Fireplace

“We intended for the fireplace to be a supplemental heat source. After our first few fires using the blowers the fireplace heated our entire house, even with the 26′ ceilings! Not only is the fireplace a great heat source, it’s also very efficient.”

– Mike & Robin B., West Milford, WV

14 Tube Heat Exchange System

The Chalet (Single Sided) and the Great Room (Single-Sided) both use the 14 tube heat exchange system. This system allows these fireplaces to heat a massive 4,000 square foot home with a whopping 180,000 BTU maximum output. The air within the room enters the 14 tubes and is heated by the firebox. That additional heated air is then released back into the home. These 2 fireplaces work hand-in-hand with our whole home heating and water loops for an unmatchable fireplace heating system.

Chalet  14 Tube Heat Exchanger
14 Tube Heat Exchange System Inside Firebox

14 Tube Heat Exchange

Z-MAX Heating System

The Z-MAX is our “small but mighty” high-tech fireplace. The Z-MAX is designed with the efficiency of a wood stove and the beauty of a fireplace. Outside combustion air enters the z-max firebox in 4 locations. The first and primary is the air wash. The secondary combustion enters at the top of the firebox, lined firebrick. The smoke from the fire hits the secondary combustion tube and rebut a the smoke. Increasing heat output and efficiency, as well as limiting the amount of smoke exiting the flue.  On either side of the firebox there are stall out / start up tubes in the firebrick. When you are starting the fire, air enters under your wood aiding in the ignition of the wood- similar to blowing air under your kindling. When your fire is going out at the end, the stall out tubes force additional air to burn every log and coals complete to fine ash. This fireplace can heat up to 3,000 square feet with an impressive 130,000 BTU maximum output.

Zmax High Tech Wood Fireplace
High-Technology Fireplace ZMAX


Chalet (See-Through)

The Chalet (See-Through) is the only high-technology fireplace that provides two views in one fireplace with a notable heat output. The air within your home enters into the bottom grill and heated around the firebox. The heated convection air rises up and circulates out the upper grill. When the doors are closed the fireplace uses 100% outside air for combustion. No air from within your home is lost up the flue.

Chalet See Through High-Tech Fireplace

Whole Home Heating

Imagine having even temperatures throughout your home (no cold spots), and/or supplemental heat you can use at your discretion. Lower or eliminate your gas and electric heating bills this season by heating all of your air and supplementing the heating of your water with our Whole Home Heating System and Water Loop.

How Whole Home Heating Works

Using B-vent piping you can vent your heated air to other areas of your home; our in-line blower allows you to vent heated air upstairs or downstairs. Another option is to connect your remote ducting system to your  furnace plenum and evenly distribute heat to your entire home and help eliminate cold spots. The Whole Home Heating System can transfer up to 70% of the heat generated by the fireplace. (An average furnace releases under 100,000 BTUs/hour compared to our High-Tech series with a maximum of 180,000 BTUs/hour.)

Acucraft’s Whole Home Heating System works best with our High-Technology Fireplaces but works well with the Hearthroom and the Unity as well. Combined with our Water Loop, you will have the ultimate heating set up. We’ve been producing wood burning fireplaces for over 39 years, we know how to do it and we do it well.

How a Water Loop Works

Acucraft’s Water Loops can be added to your fireplace. They allow you to heat your domestic water and/or can also be used for radiant in-floor heating systems. A small pump circulates the heated water, which can be tied into various heating systems. Common uses are in-floor radiant heating systems and domestic hot water. It is possible to add 2 water loops to one fireplace and double the output.

The in-line blower blower is controlled with a thermodisc. The blower will automatically turn on once the fireplace gets hot; it will also turn off as the fireplace cools down or the fire goes out.

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