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Old 09-07-2011, 09:27 PM   #1
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After reading more than two dozen threads on our board I have decided to post my own questions.



What I have learned here, (I do not endorse these products they are ones recommended/found here):
  1. Whatever wood stove we purchase make an all out effort to vent straight up.
  2. Use double-insulated (triple walled) safety chimney pipe.
  3. If you can't vent straight up add a duct blower.
  4. Utilize some sort of combustion air source.
  5. Install or have a clean out installed in the chimney.
  6. Use proper heat shields
  7. Check Code and most likely involve chimney sweep/installer.
From reading the board and looking at our situation:
  1. A few posts state our insurance will go up or even skyrocket?
    1. Does this include all types, inside vs. outside?
    2. Are there any features you can add to keep it from being so much?
    3. We have our own wood source (sweat and elbow grease) so will we really erase the benefit?
  2. Well until we actually start installing we have the Tulikivi soapstone as first choice to be installed in the kitchen. Second choice (more likely) is an add-on wood forced air furnace in the basement. Do any of them work specifically with a conventional thermostat? I am using programmable Aprilaire 8870's and would write a program to manage the two heat pumps with the wood furnace. Any recommendations for add-on wood forced air furnaces?
  3. Is there any advantage/disadvantage of making a hard connection of the wood furnace to the existing return plenum?
  4. One of the units I found online has a door that opens on the side during a power outage. Is this a unique feature? Is it worth it? Does it even work? With the high cost of a generator this will keep us during a winter outage. Considering solenoid valves to drain pipes in the house. But that is a tangent.
Any help is greatly appreciated.

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My insurance did not go up when I installed a wood burning stove. Perhaps because I actually got a permit, and filled out the paperwork with my insurer. As to the rest of your questions, they seem pretty technical, and relate to specific units that I am not familiar with.

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My insurance did not go up when I installed a wood burning stove. Perhaps because I actually got a permit, and filled out the paperwork with my insurer. As to the rest of your questions, they seem pretty technical, and relate to specific units that I am not familiar with.
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When we installed a fireplace insert it didn't change our insurance rates. Then again we went from a fireplace to an insert.

I would call your insurance company and ask if it will affect your rates, and if a DIY vs. professional install will make a difference with them. The important thing is your insurance company needs to be informed.
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Will definitely pursue this, talked to Charmaster and they say with proper ducts single wood furnace can send to both of our heat pump furnaces. With 13 acres of trees...

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Burning wood means you will use up your carbon credits. Email me and ill sell you some extra one that I saved up. ;-)
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Attached is a crude drawing of the homes air-handler and supply ducts. I originally thought I would be able to install one damper at location 1, but that would leave all the ducts to the right of the air-handler without heat from wood furnace. Can I add a second damper at location 2 and run a duct from a tee 5 to the other side as in the diagram?

Can the dampers at 1 & 2 be passive? Any brand recommendations? I also will need to install dampers at 3 & 4 to prevent back flow into the wood stove when heat pump is running. If this works would be very rare or when I am not feeling like loading the stove.


Just from looking at my electric and propane bills from late September to early April this projects savings will pay for itself in 3 winters...We can't be this lucky???

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Posted same question on another forum and no answer yet. I was hoping not to experiment.

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