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Old 01-20-2010, 12:08 PM   #1
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Was reading in other sites about moving heat around from a wood stove.I have a wood stove in the basement I was thinking about cutting a hole in the ceiling and putting in a inline fan and pumping heat to the upstairs beside the cold air return only spot I can cut in the upstairs wall.Now what I been reading is that I should be pumping air downstairs not up I already have a ceiling fan downstairs that works fairly well but it's still hot downstairs.Just trying to save a little on oil.Would like to know what you guys think because I'm at a lost now.
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Older houses used to have floor grates to allow heated air to rise
It was the only way the 2nd floor was heated, other then warm air rising up the stairs
You need 2 things, warm air must be able to rise, cold air must be able to return to the basement area

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If your air handler is in the basement maybe you could re-route the returns. Just use the air handler to pump the air around the house. It takes a lot of air moving to make a real difference.
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If your air handler is in the basement maybe you could re-route the returns. Just use the air handler to pump the air around the house. It takes a lot of air moving to make a real difference.
I tried that a couple of years ago I found that I really had to keep the woodstove cranked all the time to make any diference plus having the fan on all the time drove me nuts.
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I tried that a couple of years ago I found that I really had to keep the woodstove cranked all the time to make any diference plus having the fan on all the time drove me nuts.
Ayuh,... Wire in a stack switch over the woodstove to run the fan from...
The fan would only run when the stove is hot,+ the t-stat calls for heat...
Or,..
It could run the fan when th stove is hot,.... Depends how ya wire it...
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I tried that a couple of years ago I found that I really had to keep the woodstove cranked all the time to make any diference plus having the fan on all the time drove me nuts.
If the extra large size blower on the HVAC doesn't make much difference, how much will a little hole with a little fan?

But I'm assuming when you tried this you used a return in the room with the stove -- and covered the ones on the main floor.
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*not to code any more around here*

set a large sheet metal plenum on top of your wood stove, duct it into your cold air return and use the summer fan to distribute the heat.
the summer fan can be turned on/off with a temperature sensor in the plenum sidewall.
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*not to code any more around here*

set a large sheet metal plenum on top of your wood stove, duct it into your cold air return and use the summer fan to distribute the heat.
the summer fan can be turned on/off with a temperature sensor in the plenum sidewall.
This was never part of any code that I'm aware of.

Illegal.
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If the extra large size blower on the HVAC doesn't make much difference, how much will a little hole with a little fan?

But I'm assuming when you tried this you used a return in the room with the stove -- and covered the ones on the main floor.
LOL... I was wondering the same thing.
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John.

Before proceeding. Decide if you want to have the wood stove really cranked up. Because what you want to do. Will cause you to need to crank up the wood stove higher. Because you are adding more area to heat by the wood stove.

Weather you use a fan to blow the air up. Or to blow the first floors air down. You need a way for the air to get back to where it came from.
So are you just going to leave your basement door open?

Is your wood free, or cheap?

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