Return Air Vent?

Return air vent?

PostBy: spc On: Mon Nov 12, 2007 12:36 pm

What diameter return should I use to get air moving from my 2nd floor to the stove on 1st floor. I am hoping the stair way will bring warm air up to 2nd floor. It is about a 20' return line. Should the in line duct fan go closer to the 2nd floor room or the stove? Thanks.
Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Pioneer

Re: Return air vent?

PostBy: Matthaus On: Thu Nov 15, 2007 9:57 pm

If I understand your question, you are planning to run a cold air return from the second floor to the stove and use an inline duct fan to induce the air flow? :? If that is the case you can place the fan anywhere you like since it will have the same effect. As to duct size it depends how you are going to dump the cold air and get it to be inducted into the convection fan on the stove, 8" or less should be more than sufficient.

Since the convection fan on the stove is around 260 cfm maybe a better idea is to use a 6" duct and connect it directly to the inlet of the convection fan, that way all the air will be pulled from the second floor thus setting up the movement of warm air up the stairs.

Not sure I provided help here, but thought I would bump you up the list so a few other folks might add their ideas. :D
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: Return air vent?

PostBy: Ed On: Thu Nov 15, 2007 10:16 pm

I use a six inch pipe. I connected it to the two convection fans on the rear of my stove. The other end is connected into the return air trunk from my hot air furnace. It seems to work pretty good.
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska Kast Console