Rick 386 wrote:The biggest issue that most seem to not be saying is that 99% of these supplemental heating devices use a FAN to distribute the heat throughout the house. As we all know, a fan moves air. If there is any dust in the air while the fan is running, it will blow that dust with it.
Now with due diligence, if you eliminate or severely restrict the amount of dust created, you will lessen the amount of dust blowed around the house. It really is that simple. Before vacuum cleaners, everyone used brooms. How many people use a broom while having a fan blowing ??? Do you sweep off your front porch while having the front windows open and a wind blowing towards the house ?? No you wouldn't or someone would be screaming at you.
So if you shut off the fans and keep the dust created by switching ash pans to a minimum, you will not have too much dirt blowing around and settling on the knick knacks and shelves.
I couldn't agree more!!! And to that, if you are a handy type of guy you'll find things that you can engineer and put together to make things work they way you want them to...
I put together this setup for my Harman Mag Stoker...
Its a duplex box with 2 receptacles and a rocker switch, the bottom receptacle is wired independent and is switched on/off via the rocker, the switch recieves power from the coal-trol "convection blower" receptacle, so the convection blower itself plugs directly into the botton outlet in my duplex box and before I open the stove up for any reason (to fill the hopper or switch out ash pans) I just simply bump the rocker switch to the off position, that interupts power to the convection blower, I do what I gotta do and then just bump it back on when finished... The top outlet in the duplex box is constant power and I usually have a night-light plugged in there to read the dual Magnehelic gauges at night without turning on any lights... Simple stuff like this helps out just as Rick386 pointed out... You can do it on the cheap or get as crazy as you want, but there are always ways to make things work better, don't be affraid to experiment!!!