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SORTED BY: MAXIMUM HEATING CAPACITY

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MODEL DIMEN-
SIONS
INPUT
MINIMUM
(BTU/HR)
INPUT
MAXIMUM
(BTU/HR)
OVERALL
HEATING
EFFICIENCY
OUTPUT
MINIMUM
(BTU/HR)
OUTPUT
MAXIMUM
(BTU/HR)
MAXIMUM
HEATING
CAPACITY
VIEWING
WINDOW SIZE

(SQ.IN.)
Pacific Energy Tofino i30 Gas Insert 
PACIFIC ENERGY
TOFINO i30
INSERT
32"W
17-3/8"D
21-5/8"T
NG
15,000
LP
15,000
NG
30,000
LP
30,000
71.1%
NG
10,665
LP
10,665
NG
21.330
LP
21,330
UP TO 
1,500
Sq Ft
Pacific Energy Tofino i30 Viewing Window 
Solas TWENTY6 FI Gas Insert 
SOLAS
TWENTY6 FI
29-3/4"W
14-1/4"D
20-1/2"T
NG
14,000
LP
16,000
NG
19,500
LP
19,500
79%
NG
11,060
LP
12,640
NG
15,405
LP
15,405
UP TO
1,000
Sq Ft
Solas Twenty6 FI Viewing Window
Pacific Energy Tofino i20 Gas Insert 
PACIFIC ENERGY
TOFINO i20
INSERT
28-1/2"W
17-3/8"D
19-3/8"T
NG
6,000
LP
7,000
NG
20,000
LP
20,000
74.1%
NG
4,446
LP
5,187
NG
14,820
LP
14,820
UP TO
1,000
Sq Ft
Pacific Energy Tofino i20 Viewing Window 

 

NOTES

INPUT RATINGS:
Manufacturers size their gas appliances by the heat INPUT rating, measured in British Thermal Units (BTU's). This is a measurement of the heat value of the gas the appliance burns per hour. If the rate of burn is adjustable, the input rating is given at both the lowest and highest burn settings. One THERM of natural gas or one GALLON of LP gas each contain about 100,000 BTU's of heat value, so a gas appliance with an input rating of 20,000 - 30,000 BTU/hr will consume approximately one therm of natural gas or one gallon of LP every five hours when adjusted to its lowest setting, and every 3-1/3 hours when adjusted to its highest setting.

EFFICIENCY RATINGS:
The steady state efficiency rating tells us how effectively a given gas appliance turns fuel into heat. Many factors affect this rating, including altitude, composition of fuel gas, length of intake/exhaust pipe, outdoor temperatures, atmospheric conditions, etc. Some companies publish only the lowest tested efficiencies, some just the highest, some publish both the lowest and highest, and some use an average. For this chart, we've used the AVERAGE steady state efficiency rating, interpolating the unpublished data where necessary.

OUTPUT RATINGS:
To determine the minimum & maximum heat OUTPUT, we multiply the minimum & maximum INPUT ratings by the EFFICIENCY rating. For example, a gas stove or fireplace with an efficiency rating of 75% and an adjustable input rating of 20,000 - 30,000 BTU/hr will deliver 15,000 BTU's of heat per hour at its lowest setting (20,000 x 75%), and 22,500 BTU's of heat per hour at its highest setting (30,000 x 75%).

 

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