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caedos
06-26-2006, 07:25 PM
I read an article on roof de-icing cables used to heat a billiard table. Is there any other way that is less dangerous? I have a friend who may be getting a 10' carom table, but it's unheated. It would be nice if there's any way to give it a decent heating system.

Thank you,


Carl

Cornerman
06-27-2006, 05:31 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote caedos:</font><hr> I read an article on roof de-icing cables used to heat a billiard table. Is there any other way that is less dangerous? <hr /></blockquote>First and foremost, I would highly recommend not using roof de-icing heaters.

Here's what the FAQ from SFBilliards (Bob Jewett) has to say:

14. ** How can I heat a billiard table?

Some have suggested that a home solution like installing roof
de-icing cable, may lead to concerns about fire. In addition,
concerns have been raised that if the slate is not heated
uniformly, then the heating element is really not doing the job
properly, and then the table is probably going to have a
different roll in different sections of the table.

Commercial table heating systems have peak powers of over 500
watts, and well insulated and solidly constructed. Be careful.
A typical commercial heating system has sections of plywood
mounted a few inches under the slates forming closed chambers.
Heating wire (special resistance wire) is mounted on insulators
in these spaces. A thermostat controls the power to keep the
slate only a few degrees above room temperature.

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And here's what Deno Andrews has to say:

Deno on heating unheated tables (http://groups.google.com/group/rec.sport.billiard/msg/cde77c84e134aed1?dmode=source&amp;hl=en)
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And here's what I have to say:

I would think that an electric radiant floor heating system could be used, but it would have to be 115/120 VAC and installed safely.

Fred

Bob_Jewett
07-05-2006, 09:49 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Cornerman:</font><hr> ...
Here's what the FAQ from SFBilliards (Bob Jewett) has to say:
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If I were going to do this myself, I'd try to copy the commercial style. I think that as long as the elements heat an air chamber under the slate, the heating should be fairly uniform. That would not be the case for heater wires glued directly to the slate.

I believe it takes several hours for the heater to get the top of the slate up to the rated temperature, so you may need to leave the heater on most of the time. European tables typically have 50mm (2-inch) slate, which is slower to heat through than 1-inch slate.