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Old 02-04-2009, 05:43 PM   #1
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It's been a cold winter in the midwest, and it gets down to the 50's or so in our laundry room in the basement. We have a gas clothes dryer. I heard that some use a heat reccycler where you can option between having the filtered air come into the laundry room, or have it go outide as normal.

I have searched on the internet and some mention it for electric dryers, but what about gas?

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that's flue gas on a gas dryer,and it has to be discharged to the outside.electric dryer is heated air only.

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They probably made an exchanger to extract the residual heat from the exhaust but DO NOT let a gas dryer vent indoors.
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Got it. Gas clothes dryer no go. I guess it seems obvious when you think about it since electric doesn't have any exhaust from a burned gas.
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They probably made an exchanger to extract the residual heat from the exhaust but DO NOT let a gas dryer vent indoors.
Now there's an idea
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While some folks recycle their heat on a dryer I would also be concerned about recycling all that humidity into the house.....
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During the winter our humidity level drops anyways
So it offsets the dryness & feels more comfortable
I used to have very dry skin & hands in the winter
Now my hands do not dry out as much

Only 2 people + toddler
With a larger family, more loads it might be a problem
I have a humidity monitor in the basement & we leave the door open to the 1st floor while running the dryer
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that's flue gas on a gas dryer,and it has to be discharged to the outside.
Ayuh,...

Using that line of thinking,...
There should be 100s of 1000s of Dead families every year at Thanksgiving from the Flue Gases coming from the Kitchen Stove.....

It's -27 below 0 here right now,...
And,...
My Gas dryer is vented into the house,... The added Humidity is a Welcome benefit...
And,... The CO has Never been high enough to set off the monitor...

Personally,... I'll take the Free Heat,+ the Chance....
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Ayuh,...

Using that line of thinking,...
There should be 100s of 1000s of Dead families every year at Thanksgiving from the Flue Gases coming from the Kitchen Stove.....

It's -27 below 0 here right now,...
And,...
My Gas dryer is vented into the house,... The added Humidity is a Welcome benefit...
And,... The CO has Never been high enough to set off the monitor...

Personally,... I'll take the Free Heat,+ the Chance....
Are you kidding me? Bad advice any way you cut it. Do what you want in your own home, but don't try to convince others to partake of such an unsafe practice based on perceived low risk.
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Bondo.

Take a CO meter and see how high it gets in your home while the dryer is running.

CO detectors are a false sense of security.

Some take in excess of 200PPM to go off.
Most aren't worth the room they take up on the wall.


Always read the ratings of a CO detector before you buy one.
They are not all created equal.
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Take a CO meter and see how high it gets in your home while the dryer is running.
Ayuh,... I don't have 1,+ probably won't be buying 1...

In ths 100 year old farm house,... Air exchange is Not an issue....

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but don't try to convince others to partake of such an unsafe practice based on perceived low risk
Ayuh,... I'm just looking for an explanation of the Precieved Threat....

Cubic feet of gas consumed,+ turned into heat is the same gas, same emissions...

Somebody explain the difference between running a dryer,...
And,...
Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner, with 4 top burners,+ the oven going for 8hrs. Straight....

A Dryer only fires for a few minutes over a 20 minute cycle,....
I think it woud be Way Less emissions as well...
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Clothes Dryer have poor air fuel mixture.

Can produce more CO.

Do know the allowable CO for a range/oven?
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Well from a quick search it appears that newer stoves & dryers are not as bad as we might think. Still not good, but comparing a gas dryer used for 30 minutes to a gas stove that runs for hours may not be too far off

Unless someone can find some links to the CO produced by each?

Gas stove effects, heating with gas st, gas stove etc:

http://www.jhu.edu/~gazette/2009/05jan09/05noxious.html

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MEGTEC's Dual-Dry RTO Dryer With Integrated Oxidizer Lowers Gas Consumption And Emissions By 50%
http://news.thomasnet.com/companystory/546245
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A bonfire on the living room will will probably burn your house down. A lit match tossed on the floor might not. That doesn't make tossing matches on the floor a good idea though.

Ayuh, I'm not going to even spend any more of my time arguing against something so blatantly stupid.

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