We have the hitzer up and running....it has been fantastic we have maintained a fire over two weeks and have not had to restart it once. What a blessing. We seem to have the hopper and shaking ashes down to a science. We are thrilled with the fact we are able to heat our entire 1600 sq ft and we haven't had to shut off rooms. At least not until last night, yesterday was a windy cold day, the fire did great. However, we have to winterize a bit. Once we got home and started the blower the temperature quickly rose up to where we wanted it to be....by the thermometer in a hallway two rooms away.
The thing is we turn the blower off during the day, and we turn it off while we are in bed. Our thinking being to give the blower a rest. So, now we are wondering how long is safe to run the blower without turning it off?
I also had a thought, regarding a timer. Currently we have the blower plugged into a switch which allows the blower to be ran at a 'hi' and a 'low' speed. My thought is, what if we bought one of those timers, like is used for security to turn lights on and off at certain intervals. Could we theoretically plug the blower into a timer of sorts, and have it come on for a time a couple of times a day to keep the warm air circulating to all parts of the house and maintain a more even temperature throughout. So, we don't have that period of time,where we have to 'heat' things back up, when we get home?
I'd appreciate the input.