Fought the Backdraft and Won

Fought the Backdraft and Won

PostBy: Uglysquirrel On: Tue Jan 19, 2010 9:47 pm

You guys probably have done this but though I'd discuss it more since it may happen to others.

With the Pocono off for 3-4 days due to warm weather, the flue started to backdraft, this happen with the old wood stove when it was rainy like today so I tried my old trick and it worked.

Took a plywood piece that fit over the ash door, cut two 2.5" holes in it and attached an old 130 cfm dual blower on the wood centered over the two cut holes, put a piece of foil over the baro, put the board up against the open ash door frame and left it there for a couple minutes and blam, flow was reversed, then put a 1200 watt heater in to bottom for 10 minutes, stack temp went to 90 deg, draft was .02 and start up was a beautiful thing. Always remove the foil before start up.

Don't let reverse draft stop you.

Fur what it is worth.
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Re: Fought the Backdraft and Won

PostBy: rockwood On: Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:12 pm

Does the chimney run up the exterior of your home? Is it masonry? Just curious.
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Re: Fought the Backdraft and Won

PostBy: Uglysquirrel On: Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:39 pm

Yes, from the basement into a unheated garage, then outside to the top of the 2nd story. This backdraft thing would likely not happen on rainy days when not using the stove if it were a center chimney and if the stove were on everything would draft fine.
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Re: Fought the Backdraft and Won

PostBy: Uglysquirrel On: Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:41 pm

By the way, yes masonry, approx 6" x 10" inside dimensions of ceramic flue.
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Re: Fought the Backdraft and Won

PostBy: rockwood On: Tue Jan 19, 2010 11:08 pm

Uglysquirrel wrote:if it were a center chimney and if the stove were on everything would draft fine.

I think you're right...Oh well, you make do with what you have. ;)
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Re: Fought the Backdraft and Won

PostBy: SMITTY On: Tue Jan 19, 2010 11:15 pm

My buddy always has to stick his wife's hairdryer in the flue before he lights his wood stove. It's an external, short, concrete block with a clay liner. Draft is continuously reversed, unless heated.
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