direct vent vs wind

direct vent vs wind

PostBy: dutch On: Sat Dec 22, 2012 11:59 am

Hello all,
been a while since i have posted, as i currently am not running a stove, i moved into a different house last
spring, with no coal stove... yet.
My thoughts are to have one, hate hate hate paying for LP gas.....
the new house has a forced air lp furnace, and due to some shoddy finishing of the
2nd floor of this house there is quite a bit of leaking going on with regard to
cold air getting in upstairs. Some day i will try to address that also, as it is
a cape cod and it's noted for being a problem up there.
back to the stove.
in the basement, there are several rooms finished off, with drop cielings etc. I am thinking
of opening 1 of those rooms up, making it a larger general basement area, similar to a game
room/bar/man cave whatever. It will also have direct access to the basement stairway, although
for the moment the stairway is fully enclosed both sides.
With this new larger room, i would have enough space to fit in a stove, and I'm thinking of using the
Koker that would easily tie into the home's furnace ductwork. If I do this, i would have to direct
vent as there is no chimney in the house. This particular room is on the NorthEast corner of the basement,
which means in a day like today, typical winter day with northwest winds of 30-40 mph are common.
Will a direct vent stove like the Keystone Koker have issues while trying to vent into a strong wind?
the house sits at 1500 ft elevation, so yea, it's windy. Years ago had an issue with a direct vent furnace
in the blizzard of 93 where the strong unforgiving east wind kept tripping my boiler's burner off
due to wind affecting the pressure switch that was monitoring for positive draft.
My concern is will that happen with a direct vent coal stove as it did with that boiler?
If so i'll have to come up with plan B
dutch
 
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Re: direct vent vs wind

PostBy: WNY On: Sat Dec 22, 2012 12:35 pm

They don't have a pressure switch, only a Temp. switch if the power vent fails, it shuts down the stove.
I believe it's a Field Controls FLue Switch
http://www.fieldcontrols.com/thermal.php
I believe it's a WMO-1

I have a reg. Keystoker 90K direct vent and never had a problem with it in windy conditions. The blower is pretty powerful and as long you have it set correctly for the draft, it should work fine. I have had mine for about 6+ years now.
WNY
 
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Re: direct vent vs wind

PostBy: dutch On: Sat Dec 22, 2012 12:56 pm

good to know!
thanks
dutch
 
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Re: direct vent vs wind

PostBy: CoaLen On: Sat Dec 22, 2012 1:00 pm

I've got a direct vent Koker vented through the back/east wall in my basement. The westerly winds frequently come howling across the empty field across the street (west of us) and really blast us in the front of the house. The direct venting has never been a problem.
I've got a manometer permanently installed and I did notice yesterday that the red fluid was bouncing around quite a bit due to the wind effect on the vent pipe outside. But the furnace never stopped running and had no problems at all.
CoaLen
 
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Re: direct vent vs wind

PostBy: vulcan On: Sat Dec 22, 2012 3:26 pm

This is my 1st year with coal and I had the same concerns with my dv koker but so far so good and the wind is really at it here today. My direct vent is located on the north side near the northwest corner so it gets hit pretty hard by the wind but there are rhododendrums in front of it I am not sure if they help act as a wind break or not.
vulcan
 
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Re: direct vent vs wind

PostBy: dutch On: Sat Dec 22, 2012 4:13 pm

vulcan wrote:This is my 1st year with coal and I had the same concerns with my dv koker but so far so good and the wind is really at it here today. My direct vent is located on the north side near the northwest corner so it gets hit pretty hard by the wind but there are rhododendrums in front of it I am not sure if they help act as a wind break or not.

that's what i was looking for, a real world experience in a windy location.. thanks for the info!
dutch
 
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Re: direct vent vs wind

PostBy: Badog On: Sat Dec 22, 2012 7:59 pm

I have a power vent on the north west side and after 3 years and a lot of wind no problem at all.
Badog
 
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Stove/Furnace Model: Liberty

Re: direct vent vs wind

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Sat Dec 22, 2012 8:19 pm

A properly installed system will not have any issues at all. Do your planning.
Flyer5
 
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