blueduck wrote:Is your house 1700sqft total or 3400 with the basement.
Ground floor is 24'x36', but 1/2 of it is a "great room" where the ceilings go to the roof, so the 2nd floor is only half that in square-footage technically. The basement is the same size as the ground floor.
If you're actually going with "footage" it's about 2160 sq. ft., but if you're going with "air space" it's probably about 2592. Both numbers including basement. (The original 1,700 number didn't include the basement.)
blueduck wrote:I'm curious.. Is that fly ash all over the top of the stove. If so where is it coming from? The damper?
That's from when we were dumping the ash-pan into a garbage can in the basement. It's since been moved to outside because of the ash-cloud that would erupt from the dumping.
coaledsweat wrote:The if power vent has a rehostat I would turn it way down for starters and see how the fire/heat react. watch for smell/smoke.
Actually, the power-vent rheostat is almost as low as it goes. That's what I've been playing the most with over the last month or so. It's down at about 5%. I had it down at about 2%, but then we had a night where the CO2 started getting readings.
coaledsweat wrote:I think 2', Baro 1" is a good choice.
That's what I figured was going to be the answer. That's what I'll go with first.
barley master wrote:my pitot is about 6" plus half of the pipe dia. for the dwyer. i too like the insertion thermometer for accuarcy.
I assume you mean the length of your pitot, not diameter, right? Should that come with the Dwyer, or is that something I'll have to pick up extra? Although I'm sure the Dwyer's instructions will say, the pitot will go between the stove and the barometric damper, right?
barley master wrote:my dad has a unit like yours and he can really get it cranking out heat and his is in the basement and does the whole house with it.
It's quotes like that that make me feel like it must just be my setup, and that I can get better efficiency out of it.
LSFarm wrote:Swap your flue pipe pieces around to move the baro up closer to the exhaust. Although I can't figure out WHY this is better, the guys here who have power venting systems say it 's the way to go.
I think it's so that the air it's stealing from the room to level the flow isn't the nice super-toasty air, but cooler air. Where I have it right now is barely better than not having one.
LSFarm wrote:a better test is to use a lit candle near the door edges
Okay, I'll try that test.
LSFarm wrote:Check your other chimneys in the house, like a fireplace etc.
No other chimneys in the house, so I'm safe on that front. We've been draft hunting the last few months and we've gotten most everything we can reach. If there's any up in the great room's ceiling though, we have no idea how to get up there.
LSFarm wrote:What is the temperature in the room where the stove is, it should be very warm with you burning 100# a day. Do I see concrete walls behind the stove?? Maybe a few 4'x8' sheets of 1"-2" foamboard insulation on the walls so they won't be pulling so much heat from the room?? Every little bit helps.
The basement is about 75 (my guesstimate, I'll have to actually take a reading). Which is nothing compared to my father-in-law's wood heated basement, which tends to be around 90....
And I even think that the stove-pipe is hotter than the stove body to the touch (with work gloves on as I'm too much of a pansy to try to touch either with my bare hands).
I've got some extra foam-board I'll put up behind the stove. Any idea what the clearance it should have from the power-vent/stove-pipe? I don't want the foam to start melting or anything.... There also isn't any insulation around the top of the concrete wall -- that's on my to-do list.
LSFarm wrote:Is your ash in the ashpan just ash?? or is there a lot of partially burnt coal??
I'll post a picture tonight. It's not "just ash", but I wasn't sure if that was normal or not. I pulled "just ash" from the stack when I cleaned it the other day. The stuff I get is ash mixed with dark-gray, brittle, soft coal. Like I said, I'll post a picture.
Anybody have any brand-names/models I should be looking for or avoiding on the thermometer? I'll be making a trip to the various hardware stores I know of tonight to see what I can find. What I can't find I'll hunt the Internet for tonight/tomorrow.
Thanks for all the suggestions and help fellas!