Design Advantages

It's been said that imitation is the greatest form of flattery. Whatever. There is something to be said, however, about doing things right. The many quotes around "do a job, big or small" come to mind and truly resonate with the team here at In-O-Vate Technologies.

In the spirit of providing you full details on how the Dryerbox®  truly helps "Finish the Laundry Right," here are just a few of its design advantages.

Safety Advantages

1. Versus Plastic Imitator (Disallowed by Code)

The International Code Council has taken steps with the 2007 Mechanical Code Supplement to protect the wall cavity behind a known ignition source: the dryer. With the update to section 504.2, it is no longer acceptable to install plastic dryer exhaust duct receptacles. Specifically, the adjustment states that noncombustible material or a noncombustible dryer exhaust duct receptacle is required.

The Dryerbox Has You Covered

As you know, the Dryerbox is (and always has been) constructed of 22 gauge aluminized steel which exceeds the requirements mandated under the supplement. In fact, it is the only nationally distributed in-wall receptacle that meets the new code requirements. Learn more about the Danger of Plastic HERE.

2. Versus Plastic and Metal Imitators

The Dryerbox is the only receptacle that allows for installation down to the floor so the flex hose can sweep cleanly into the wall without any crush point.

Imitator Crush Point Illustration

Dryerbox Advantage

Design allows for installation down to the floor so the flex hose can sweep cleanly into the Dryerbox.

Extension rim provides a reveal to make an exact baseboard finish easy.

Always install the Dryerbox for a cleaner, more professional finish.

Imitator Design Problems

Trim ring forces contractors to install several inches above the floor (as is also indicated in instructions). Above the baseboard, overhang of flex hose creates a crush-point and the dryer has to be placed further from the wall.

The trim ring also competes with the finished floor and makes baseboard installation a guessing game.

New Model 480 Shown Painted

There's a bit of engineering magic to the Dryerbox that makes for a cleaner, more professional looking finish. A couple of the patented secrets to this magic can be seen in the angled base of the Dryerbox—which starts from the floor plate—and the drywall extension rim. Recently, a company tried to duplicate this Dryerbox magic, but they cannot include these important features because of patent protection.

Metal Imitator
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The Danger of Plastic

There's a reason building code prohibits the imitator's plastic version. Click HERE to learn more about how dangerous it actually is.

Fire Test

More Detail on Preventing Fires

Plastic is specifically prohibited for dryer receptacles by the International Code Council to protect the wall cavity behind a known fire source. In the event of a dryer fire (of which, there are more than 14,000 a year in the US alone), plastic receptacles are proven to accelerate fire spread into the wall. The Dryerbox, which has been tested by UL and can be installed as part of a 1-Hour rated firestop system, protects the cell of the wall.

The photos below are from laboratory tests and show just how quickly plastic receptacles exacerbate a fire compared to how the 22 gauge aluminized steel construction stops flame spread.

Plastic Version 1

Time Elapsed for Fire to Penetrate Wall Cavity
43 Seconds

Plastic Version 2

Time Elapsed for Fire to Penetrate Wall Cavity
1 Minute 20 Seconds

The Dryerbox

Time Elapsed for Fire to Penetrate Wall Cavity
NO Penetration