Toyotomi’s Wall-Vented, Oil-Fired Space Heater

The Toyotomi OM-22 is the first high-efficiency, wall-vented space heater that can burn heating oil.

Many of us living and working in parts of the country without access to inexpensive natural gas rely on fuel oil for heating. In the Northeast, for example, 36% of homes and 38% of commercial buildings are heated with oil. The Upper Midwest also uses a lot of fuel oil, while Alaska relies on both heating oil and kerosene. It was in Alaska in mid-2003 that I first saw Toyotomi’s high-efficiency, oil-fired space heaters. The Japanese company Toyotomi introduced its OM-22 oil-fired, pilotless, wall-mount space heater in the U.S. in 2001. It is designed to operate on No. 2 fuel oil or kerosene (No. 1 fuel oil) and relies on an external fuel tank (typically installed in a basement). Like Rinnai wall-mount space heaters, this is a through-the-wall-venting product with sealed combustion. The OM-22 has three output levels: 8,000, 15,000, and 22,000 Btu/hour. The efficiency, at 90%, is high for oil-fired heating equipment, and the combustion is relatively clean. According to Patrick Miller, of Nelson & Small, Inc., the distributor of Toyotomi products for the Northeast, the OM-22 vaporizes the fuel and burns the vapor, rather than directly burning the liquid fuel. A porcelain rod is heated electrically to initiate that vaporization. The unit uses 275 watts of electricity in the preheat mode and 46 watts during operation (primarily for the fan). ...

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