The Cold Weather Is Here!

Re: The Cold Weather Is Here!

PostBy: e.alleg On: Thu Dec 06, 2007 2:54 pm

checked the thermometer memory and it was 3.4 last night. The house was actually a little warmer than usual, I think the colder it gets outside the longer it takes for the thermostat to be satisfied so I get more stoker "on" time.
e.alleg
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: 520

Re: The Cold Weather Is Here!

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Thu Dec 06, 2007 7:58 pm

JiminBucks wrote:Coal / wood wrote! Now if I can only figure out how to run the dryer on coal instead of electricity. Hmmmmm...there has to be a way.

Thats a good idea, use the double exhaust pipe idea with the 'Tee' and hook that up to a 'special' dryer' ,let the dryer suck the heat off the 'exhaust' and I bet you don't even have to even vent it outside, as it would be just moist warm air. Just what a dry house needs! :roll:


After I wrote it I had it all figured out, and the dryer is on the other side of the wall behind the stove (of course the chimney is in the way). It could be easily done, modify the air intake on the dryer to fit a duct from a heat scavenger around the vent piping on the stove. All the controls on the dryer would function the same, instead of room air it would draw in pre-heated air. The thermistor would sense the temp. just the same, the electric element would only be energized if the air from the stove wasn't hot enough. Sounds easy enough, just a little fancy duct work involved, and my wife will surely kill me if I do it.
Wood'nCoal
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: The Cold Weather Is Here!

PostBy: Devil505 On: Thu Dec 06, 2007 9:33 pm

Wood'nCoal wrote:
JiminBucks wrote:Coal / wood wrote! Now if I can only figure out how to run the dryer on coal instead of electricity. Hmmmmm...there has to be a way.

Thats a good idea, use the double exhaust pipe idea with the 'Tee' and hook that up to a 'special' dryer' ,let the dryer suck the heat off the 'exhaust' and I bet you don't even have to even vent it outside, as it would be just moist warm air. Just what a dry house needs! :roll:


After I wrote it I had it all figured out, and the dryer is on the other side of the wall behind the stove (of course the chimney is in the way). It could be easily done, modify the air intake on the dryer to fit a duct from a heat scavenger around the vent piping on the stove. All the controls on the dryer would function the same, instead of room air it would draw in pre-heated air. The thermistor would sense the temp. just the same, the electric element would only be energized if the air from the stove wasn't hot enough. Sounds easy enough, just a little fancy duct work involved, and my wife will surely kill me if I do it.


Oh man!! I thought I was bad!!G> (actually sounds like a good idea if you can get it to work!)
Devil505
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000


Re: The Cold Weather Is Here!

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Thu Dec 06, 2007 9:43 pm

It would work, my dryer is a Maytag, The electric element is enclosed in a cylindrical assemble that draws in air near the back of the dryer, it would be easy to fit duct work to it. The fan that draws the air through the duct and past the elements is actually on the exhaust side (outlet side) of the drum. The only problem would be if the air being drawn in becomes too hot.
Wood'nCoal
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: The Cold Weather Is Here!

PostBy: gambler On: Thu Dec 06, 2007 10:36 pm

Wouldn't it be easier to just hang the clothes by the stove and let them dry? Probably woud not take very long.
gambler
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Pioneer

Re: The Cold Weather Is Here!

PostBy: JiminBucks On: Fri Dec 07, 2007 5:06 pm

When I was a teenager, after Dad got divorced, he used to let the towels dry strung up in the living room using the kero heater. The towels used to dry out and become stiff as burap . I hated using them! :cry:

I can't imagine heated hot air getting hot enough to burn wet cloths , the sensor should shut off the dryer when the moister content drops in the exhaust I believe! :roll:

I bet that would a first for the local fire Co. :o
JiminBucks
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFEL \ Franco Belge
Stove/Furnace Model: Classic Lion \ Normandie

Re: The Cold Weather Is Here!

PostBy: JiminBucks On: Fri Dec 07, 2007 5:12 pm

Oh man!! I thought I was bad!!G> (actually sounds like a good idea if you can get it to work!)

Thats pretty tame! I just converted a hot tub over to "solar powered" last summer! Had the thing up to 110 degrees one day, had to put in cold water to use it!
:o
JiminBucks
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFEL \ Franco Belge
Stove/Furnace Model: Classic Lion \ Normandie

Re: The Cold Weather Is Here!

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Fri Dec 07, 2007 10:38 pm

gambler wrote:Wouldn't it be easier to just hang the clothes by the stove and let them dry? Probably woud not take very long.


No offense intended, but you may not be familiar with the habits of a teenage girl! Hang clothes by the stove and wait for them to dry? I also heard pigs fly! :junmp:
Wood'nCoal
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: The Cold Weather Is Here!

PostBy: Devil505 On: Sat Dec 08, 2007 8:52 am

Wood'nCoal wrote:
gambler wrote:Wouldn't it be easier to just hang the clothes by the stove and let them dry? Probably woud not take very long.


No offense intended, but you may not be familiar with the habits of a teenage girl! Hang clothes by the stove and wait for them to dry? I also heard pigs fly! :junmp:


We have 3 daughters & when they were teenagers (with the cooperation of their mother) there was a rush for the electic clothes dryer when I would leave the house!
Devil505
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000

Re: The Cold Weather Is Here!

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sat Dec 08, 2007 9:27 am

No rush here, the dryer runs when I'm home. What gets me is when my daughter sprays something that she has already worn with some concoction (Fabreeze?) and throws it in the dryer to "freshen it up".
Wood'nCoal
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: The Cold Weather Is Here!

PostBy: Devil505 On: Sat Dec 08, 2007 9:56 am

My wife runs our dryer too. (I hang my stuff up by the stove) I do have one of those clothes dryer heat reclaimers so at least I'm venting all that nice, warm, moist dryer air back into the house!
Devil505
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000

Re: The Cold Weather Is Here!

PostBy: Devil505 On: Sat Dec 08, 2007 10:01 am

Wood'nCoal wrote:No rush here, the dryer runs when I'm home. What gets me is when my daughter sprays something that she has already worn with some concoction (Fabreeze?) and throws it in the dryer to "freshen it up".


That's no problem John.....just set up a low voltage wire booby trap (hooked to the dryer) so that anyone who touches it will get a bit of a shock! ( hardly painful at all)
Devil505
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: TLC-2000

Re: The Cold Weather Is Here!

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sat Dec 08, 2007 10:26 am

Devil5052 wrote:
Wood'nCoal wrote:No rush here, the dryer runs when I'm home. What gets me is when my daughter sprays something that she has already worn with some concoction (Fabreeze?) and throws it in the dryer to "freshen it up".


That's no problem John.....just set up a low voltage wire booby trap (hooked to the dryer) so that anyone who touches it will get a bit of a shock! ( hardly painful at all)


I'd try that, it would work, but I can imagine the surprise when one of the cats jumps up onto the dryer! :fear:

I had one of those inside/outside vent boxes with the lever, that went over like a lead balloon, as soon as the windows fogged up and the first lint ball hit the floor it was never used again. I didn't like the one I had, it was plastic. I have the dryer vent set up with rigid metal vent pipe. :no1: :bop:
Wood'nCoal
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1959 EFM 350
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Magnafire Mark I
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Chestnut
Other Heating: Fisher Fireplace Insert

Re: The Cold Weather Is Here!

PostBy: Matthaus On: Sat Dec 08, 2007 10:35 am

Don't worry the cat would be isolated from ground and would be like a bird on the wire. :lol:

Go ahead give it a try. :devil:
Matthaus
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Leisure Line WL110 Dual Fuel, natural gas
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Leisure Line Lil' Heater (rental house)
Coal Size/Type: Rice and Buckwheat Anthracite

Re: The Cold Weather Is Here!

PostBy: e.alleg On: Sat Dec 08, 2007 10:44 am

We just set a chair next to the forced air ducts and hang coats and mittens and stuff on them, they dry quick. I could probably dry laundry with the forced air too but it's enough work just getting the laundry done with the dryer.
e.alleg
 
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: 520