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Space-Ray introduces new tube heater

The reflector angle of Space-Ray's BIG FOOT radiant tube brooder was engineered to an optimum angle of 19º to minimize convective wash. This produces a large, even heating footprint. Space-Ray

Jul. 11, 2012, Charlotte, NC – A new series of radiant tube brooders designed to yield an extra wide, rectangular heat pattern for poultry houses has been introduced by Space-Ray of Charlotte, N.C.  Marketed under the name BIG FOOT, the new brooder provides one of the largest rectangular shaped heating footprints available for modern poultry applications.

Available in natural or propane gas, the new PBF Series from Space-Ray saves on fuel costs, reduces maintenance and permits higher mounting in the poultry house for broader coverage and added efficiency. The reflector angle of the BIG FOOT radiant tube brooder is engineered to an optimum angle of 19º which improves the radiant footprint and minimizes convective wash.  The result is a more uniform heat distribution, better brooding conditions, and more comfort for the birds.

Features Noted

Space-Ray Big Foot Heaters use positive pressure to push products of combustion through the heavy-duty calorized aluminized steel combustion chamber. Calorized tube material offers improved corrosion resistance and greater radiant output.

Each of the heaters come with a choice of one-stage or two-stage input controls for added flexibility and a totally enclosed burner box that places all the power, thermostat and gas connections in one central location for easier installation and maintenance.

The CSA-Certified BIG FOOT radiant tube brooder series is available in four sizes from 60,000 BTU/hr (18 kW/hr) to 90,000 BTU/hr (26 kW/hr). The most popular size is the 80,000 BTU/Hr. (23.5 kW/Hr) version. The Big Foot is also available in either “U” shaped tube or straight tube versions.  The standard emitter tube length is 20 ft (6.1 m), while the overall length for the “U” tube version is 11½ ft. (3.5 m) and the straight version is 21½ ft (6.6 m).
Each unit is pre-assembled for easy installation and comes with fresh air intake kit, exhaust hood, stainless steel flexible gas connector and a pre wired electrical connection.  Additionally, each unit offers a 3-year limited warranty on the complete emitter assembly.

Unique TISS System

Unique to Space-Ray is the patented TISS system that automatically turns off the heater in the unlikely event of a tube failure.  With the TISS system, an insulated aluminum wire is positioned in tension above the reflector. A low voltage circuit continuously monitors the clearance between the reflectors and the ceiling for excessive heat and tube integrity compromise. If the heat increases due to heat exchanger failure, the wire melts, the safety circuit is broken and the brooder shuts down.

“We decided if we introduced a positive pressure system to poultry houses, we would take steps to assure the integrity of the system and provide the ultimate in safety” noted Wilf Jackson, Sales Director for Space-Ray. “…we wanted a system that was safer than any other model on the market today. The TISS provides peace of mind.  It may never be needed but in the unlikely event of a tube failure poultry house owners will be pleased that they have a TISS system.”

About Space-Ray

Designers of the original radiant gas brooder in 1958, Space-Ray brooders have withstood the test of time. Beside the new BIG FOOT tube brooder, Space-Ray also offers an energy efficient line of spark ignition radiant brooders, a line of single jet brooders and a complete line of both pull through (negative pressure) and push through (positive pressure) tube-type gas heaters for poultry applications.

Unlike space heaters that work from the top down heating the air and the upper areas of the poultry house before stratifying down to heat the birds, Space-Ray’s radiant gas tube heaters operate using the same principles as the sun’s rays. They deliver radiant warmth directly to the floor and litter area where it is needed most. The first U.S. manufacturer to design unitized tube heaters, Space-Ray has over 50 years of field experience and exposure to a variety of heating problems. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Space-Ray also has a facility located in Ipswich, England.

For more information on the new BIG FOOT Series of radiant tube brooders, call 1-800-849-7311 or e-mail  Space-Ray Brooders can also be found on the web at