Calling all DS Circulator owners! Humidifying the house....

Calling all DS Circulator owners! Humidifying the house....

PostBy: LDPosse On: Thu Dec 06, 2012 9:43 pm

So far, I am loving my new DS1500 circulator. I have one issue though, and that is keeping humidity in the air. Sitting a pot of water on the top cover doesn't work too well, it doesn't get hot enough, and therefore doesn't evaporate very much water into the air. It almost seems that it would be best to remove the lid, but there is still the hinge for the door which would prevent all but a small container from sitting flat on the stove.

Just curious to hear what others are doing.
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Re: Calling all DS Circulator owners! Humidifying the house....

PostBy: ridgeracing On: Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:29 pm

Funny, just fired off my DS1600 tonight. I have not run mine long enough to tell anything, but with my fathers past 20yrs of burning coal he runs a humidifier. It puts gallons of moisture into air depending on setting he runs, only way to do it! You wont steam off enough water to touch a humidifier.
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Re: Calling all DS Circulator owners! Humidifying the house....

PostBy: LDPosse On: Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:48 pm

ridgeracing wrote:....just fired off my DS1600 tonight....


Is the paint smoking much? I had quite a bit of smoke coming out of the circulator tubes during the first fire while the paint cured.
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Re: Calling all DS Circulator owners! Humidifying the house....

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Fri Dec 07, 2012 7:16 am

Take the decorative cover off the stove, then you can sit a large pot of water on top of it. That's what I did. I also run an entire house humidifier that I set anywhere between 30-45% that also helps.
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Re: Calling all DS Circulator owners! Humidifying the house....

PostBy: ridgeracing On: Sat Dec 08, 2012 10:34 pm

LDPosse wrote:
ridgeracing wrote:....just fired off my DS1600 tonight....


Is the paint smoking much? I had quite a bit of smoke coming out of the circulator tubes during the first fire while the paint cured.

yeah,lots of smoke! smelled for 2 days
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Re: Calling all DS Circulator owners! Humidifying the house....

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:43 am

The moist sea air just rolls in here...
Humidifer is the way to go...
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Re: Calling all DS Circulator owners! Humidifying the house....

PostBy: SteveZee On: Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:41 pm

Here too CC. Even so, after the stoves going for a week or so I start generating allot od static electricity. The cats avoid me :lol:
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Re: Calling all DS Circulator owners! Humidifying the house....

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:54 pm

SteveZee wrote:Here too CC. Even so, after the stoves going for a week or so I start generating allot od static electricity. The cats avoid me :lol:

I've got the same problem. The humidifier helps.
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Re: Calling all DS Circulator owners! Humidifying the house....

PostBy: Dann757 On: Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:08 pm

I got an 8 gallon output Sears used for $25. Had to travel to get it off Craigslist. Got it home and took it apart totally to clean with Spray-9. That's 8 gallon output, not capacity. The filters are expensive but the one that came with it was servicable. I soaked it in a bucket with some acid cleaner for a while.
It takes about 2 gallons of water, and I have been really happy with it for what it is, a hundred dollar humidifier. I read all kinds of reviews on it and that just makes things more confusing, some people won't be happy with anything.
I was putting baking pans, disposable aluminum turkey pans, anything with surface area on top of the stove for a couple seasons. It wrecks the stove with water stains no matter what.
It has a feature that makes the fan run when it needs filling, until the whole thing dries itself out; keeps water from sitting in it.
I have a surplus Navy military spec human hair humidity guage on the wall hahahahha sounds gross but it is pretty accurate. It actually has strands of hair inside it.
My laundry room windows stay a little cold, and I was happy to see condensation on the inside! That meant it can put out as much humidity as I need. 30% seems to be working good so far.
So it's worth it totally to have a dedicated humidifier even though it's another appliance that needs tending!
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Re: Calling all DS Circulator owners! Humidifying the house....

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:27 pm

My humidifier is starting to piss me off. Its actually not so much the humidifier as it os the house. There are two micro switches in the humidifier. If the unit isn't perfectly level it will only empty the right tank then shut off and toss an "F" code for being uneven. There isn't a damned room of spot in my house that I've found to be perfectly level. I have the thing on magazines right now but once the thing settles into the magazines code "F".
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