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hot_rod
hot_rod Member Posts: 22,147
to your home and assure you have enough combustion air for the stove. Stay safe, as well as warm.

hot rod
Bob "hot rod" Rohr
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Living the hydronic dream

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  • sven_2
    sven_2 Member Posts: 5
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    wood stove

    i just installed a wood stove in my dining room. i have a two story older house. roughly 75000 btu.. the stove will heat the down stairs great but i can,t get to go upstairs. i cut floor gilles in the floor in hopes that the heat would rise but it only go up through the room right above wood burner.. i have ceiling fans in every room downstairs and 1 fan at the top of the steps.. i,m at a lose and out of ideas.. please help. also i know the stove is big enough for the house....
  • Steve Ebels_3
    Steve Ebels_3 Member Posts: 1,291
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    Think circular

    If you want the hot air to rise, which it "wants" to do, you have to also provide a return path for the cooler air it displaces. Gravity circulation required a LOT of square inches of opening. Grandad said 1 sq inch of opening for each square foot of floor space in the room. Hence a 12x15 room would need 180" of opening.
  • coalcracker
    coalcracker Member Posts: 51
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    I heated like that for 30 years. As stated, you need ceiling vents and open doors to allow the air to circulate. We always had the cool return air flowing down along the steps and the warmer air at the ceiling.

    Even though it felt that there was a drastic difference between the floors, in reality, it was less than 10 degrees
  • sven_2
    sven_2 Member Posts: 5
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    thanks for your input.. i,ll try keeping the doors open upstairs.. it funny cause at the top of the steps it is cold and as you walk down you can feel the difference on your legs half way down. it,s hard to keep the doors open when you have an 11 yr old girl and two other kids that are younger than 6.. i just cut a couple of return airs in each room so each room has a supply and return so i,m keeping my fingers crossed. but the stairs are opened to the first floor so this should act like a return aswell...
  • Bob Gagnon plumbing and heating
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    also

    draw your combustion air from the outide if your stove has a connection. Hot Rod told me to do mine that way and it made a BIG difference. He even had the insight to tell me that everyone, wood stove people, would tell me it would make no difference. Bob Gagnon

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  • coalcracker
    coalcracker Member Posts: 51
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    Sure, it has to make a difference. You have a tremendous draft going up a 6 inch, plus, chimney, unless you let the fire smolder.

    I chose to take the air from the house just to have a healthy exchange of fresh air (my house isn't tight), but we always had an 80 degree house and because I didn't throttle back excessively on the stove, we never had any chimney creosote over the 30 year period.
  • robert_21
    robert_21 Member Posts: 2
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    woodstove...

  • robert_21
    robert_21 Member Posts: 2
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    woodstove

    I guess I hit enter too fast! Anyway we have a victorian era home that has front and back stairs but, I mounted a 69cfm whisper fan high in the wall between our kitchen (where the stove is) and the dining room. It does a great job moving air and wasn't hard to install - the fan is an AC model and can be hardwired to a wall switch...
  • coalcracker
    coalcracker Member Posts: 51
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    That should help.
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