Humidity ???????

Humidity ???????

PostBy: theo On: Fri Dec 09, 2011 5:38 pm

When it gets cold and we turn up the stoves how do you raise the humidity level in the house ? I've heard keeping a pan of water on the stove. Is it really helpfull to do this? Is it good to keep the humidity up in the house ? What percent is good? What is the benefits ?
theo
 
Stove/Furnace Make: LL
Stove/Furnace Model: Hyfire 2

Re: Humidity ???????

PostBy: jpete On: Fri Dec 09, 2011 5:57 pm

According to my first year HVAC class, the "design condition" is 70*F, 50% relative humidity. Obviously, adjust for your personal taste.

I keep a stock pot about half full of water on the stove all the time. I get bad nosebleeds if it gets too dry (TMI I know) so it's a must for me.

You need a little moisture in the air. It does the same thing as humidity in the summer. It increases the "feels like" temperature which allows you to burn less coal but feel just as warm.
jpete
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mk II
Coal Size/Type: Stove, Nut, Pea
Other Heating: Dino juice

Re: Humidity ???????

PostBy: freetown fred On: Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:13 pm

Well this is good that you are learning things in that new,soon to be, profession of yours. ;)
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix


Re: Humidity ???????

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:17 pm

theo wrote:What percent is good? What is the benefits ?

The number changes as the temps drop. I use a console humidifier, $100 @ Home Po. No shocks, dried out throats, noses, frizzy hair and your hardwood floors don't shrivel up. Both you and the house need to maintain a decent level of humidity or you'll start to come apart. :)
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260M
Coal Size/Type: Pea

Re: Humidity ???????

PostBy: theo On: Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:22 pm

jpete wrote:According to my first year HVAC class, the "design condition" is 70*F, 50% relative humidity. Obviously, adjust for your personal taste.

I keep a stock pot about half full of water on the stove all the time. I get bad nosebleeds if it gets too dry (TMI I know) so it's a must for me.

You need a little moisture in the air. It does the same thing as humidity in the summer. It increases the "feels like" temperature which allows you to burn less coal but feel just as warm.

See , Your helping us out already jpete !! :cheers:
theo
 
Stove/Furnace Make: LL
Stove/Furnace Model: Hyfire 2

Re: Humidity ???????

PostBy: theo On: Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:24 pm

coaledsweat wrote:
theo wrote:What percent is good? What is the benefits ?

The number changes as the temps drop. I use a console humidifier, $100 @ Home Po. No shocks, dried out throats, noses, frizzy hair and your hardwood floors don't shrivel up. Both you and the house need to maintain a decent level of humidity or you'll start to come apart. :)

I hope it's not to late for me,,,,,, I fell apart last season !!! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
theo
 
Stove/Furnace Make: LL
Stove/Furnace Model: Hyfire 2

Re: Humidity ???????

PostBy: jpete On: Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:31 pm

theo wrote: See , Your helping us out already jpete !! :cheers:


:D

I can't wait for 4th semester and my "Heating" class. I will be messing with the instructor. :devil:
jpete
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mk II
Coal Size/Type: Stove, Nut, Pea
Other Heating: Dino juice

Re: Humidity ???????

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:32 pm

I keep a 4 quart ceramic serving bowl full of water on the stove when it's lit. I lose about half of it a day. It makes a difference in how my skin feels and stops the squeaking of my wood floors. Lehman.com has some really nice enamel streamers if you wanted to go a with something a little more fancy than the Target sale shelf. Lisa
lowfog01
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Mark II & Mark I
Coal Size/Type: nut/pea

Re: Humidity ???????

PostBy: theo On: Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:36 pm

jpete wrote:
theo wrote: See , Your helping us out already jpete !! :cheers:


:D

I can't wait for 4th semester and my "Heating" class. I will be messing with the instructor. :devil:

:D
theo
 
Stove/Furnace Make: LL
Stove/Furnace Model: Hyfire 2

Re: Humidity ???????

PostBy: zeeklu On: Fri Dec 09, 2011 7:20 pm

http://www.lowes.com/pd_158480-12934-HD ... tInfo=This is the one I use. I use it on low and and it puts out pobably 4 gallons a day. On medium close to 10 gallons a day.The pots on the stove werent cutting it for me. Chris
zeeklu
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman TLC2000
Coal Size/Type: nut
Other Heating: oil fired boiler
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC 2000

Re: Humidity ???????

PostBy: WNY On: Fri Dec 09, 2011 7:29 pm

If you do a search on Humidifiers, there are many thoughts on this (and a lot of threads too). This should get you started.... :)

I keep ours around 40-50%. About 5-6 gallons a day. Double console type from Sears.


Humidifiers

Do you use a humidifier?

Humidifier suggestions?

I need Humidity!
WNY
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90K, Leisure Line Hyfire I
Coal Size/Type: Rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker, LL & CoalTrol
Stove/Furnace Model: 90K, Hyfire I, VF3000 Soon

Re: Humidity ???????

PostBy: SMITTY On: Fri Dec 09, 2011 7:44 pm

You can always build on top of a swamp .... like some guy did here in the 19th century. :P

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Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: Humidity ???????

PostBy: freetown fred On: Fri Dec 09, 2011 7:50 pm

SMITTY, you saying you've got consistent humidity? How's our lil bullfrog? :o I don't quite have a swamp, but I've got humididity ;)
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Humidity ???????

PostBy: crazy4coal On: Fri Dec 09, 2011 7:50 pm

MAN THE PUMPS AND LOWER THE LIFEBOATS! Smitty the water isn't riseing, your house is sinking.
crazy4coal
 
Stove/Furnace Make: buderus
Stove/Furnace Model: logana

Re: Humidity ???????

PostBy: SMITTY On: Fri Dec 09, 2011 7:52 pm

:lol: Yeah that's a possibility too!



Yep - never goes below 50% all winter long in here.

My little buddy bullfrog! He's managed to evade the kitties, & is bigger than ever! I can tell the cats have been messin' with him - now whenever I come down the stairs, I hear a " splash! " .... he dives into the sump. Probably thought I was the cat. :lol:
SMITTY
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler