New stove setting quetions?

New stove setting quetions?

PostBy: jkrf27 On: Sun Jan 20, 2013 12:08 am

Installed a new Harman Super Mag 2 weeks ago and have yet to get it rolling where I like it. I need recomendations on the settings. Im trying to heat 2500 sq feet. The stove advetisement says it will easily do that, even up to 5000sq ft. tup to 105000 BTU's .The basement is about 85 degrees, 1st fllor is about 66? I have the basement door open and 5 registers, 2 w/ fans blowing down trying to get a circulation going with no luck. Im in limbo! Bigger vents? ductwork? I was expecting much more from this stove and as of now, it has been a let down. Any help would be great. I am willing to try anything.
Thanks,
Jon
jkrf27
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: Super Mag

Re: New stove setting quetions?

PostBy: dcrane On: Sun Jan 20, 2013 1:01 am

Is your basement finished? Is the ceiling of the basement insulated? I bet if you put this stove in your living room (where it was meant to be) you would be toasty warm :dancing:
other then that, if its burning well and your seeing 85 degree temps in the basement, its all about getting that heat upstairs. where are your fans blowing down? (down the basement staircase or down the vents?), our ancestors never needed fans since heat should rise on its on provided it has a place to rise through (larger vents over the stove area with no fans maybe?)
dcrane
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404

Re: New stove setting quetions?

PostBy: Rigar On: Sun Jan 20, 2013 1:10 am

Good points Dcrane...

My 2 cents...
Try blowing the air UP through the vents tonite if ya can (lay box fan over them to draw air UP)

...Let stairwell be the cold air drop..
Not familiar with your stove...but 105 000 btu may actually struggle with a house that size ( depending on age ,insulation, windows , layout etc.)
Rigar
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Keystoker A 150
Coal Size/Type: anthracite rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: A 150 warm air furnace


Re: New stove setting quetions?

PostBy: jkrf27 On: Sun Jan 20, 2013 1:48 am

thanks guys. I have had the fans up and down. I have the basement door open and the warm air comes up there and was hoping my vents would be return near all the windows. In theory I thought the warm air would rise up the steps, which it is, and the cold air would fall through the vents near all the windows. Its just not doing it as well as I thought it would be. i was at least hoping to have a toasty first floor and basemnet and and I have some electric baseboard to supplement upstairs, In all actuality, the upstairs feels more comfortable the the first floor! Am I letting the warm air up to fast by having the basement door open? Ive tried closing it and it was cold in the house in the morning so i was ruling that out. Im begining to think I need an coal insert in my living room fireplace. That would probably take care of this issue.
jkrf27
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: Super Mag

Re: New stove setting quetions?

PostBy: jkrf27 On: Sun Jan 20, 2013 1:49 am

the cieling is not insulated and the basement is not finished with brand new windows. sorry... forgot to answer your questions
jkrf27
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: Super Mag

Re: New stove setting quetions?

PostBy: Rigar On: Sun Jan 20, 2013 2:04 am

Have you tried NO fans upstairs (not on the vents)...and def leave door open.

maybe see how it does just on its own (gravity feed)
..and position fans on first floor to just "stir" the air in the rooms?
Just a thought

...some houses are problematic when it comes to circulating air ( without proper duct work)
Rigar
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Keystoker A 150
Coal Size/Type: anthracite rice
Stove/Furnace Make: Keystoker
Stove/Furnace Model: A 150 warm air furnace

Re: New stove setting quetions?

PostBy: jkrf27 On: Sun Jan 20, 2013 10:57 am

I originally tried the NO fan idea. It wasnt working too well. Thats why I added some fans. Im gonna try one more thing before stronly considering an insert in my fireplace. I want to run some duct work. My plan was to keep the supplies close to the stove, which is placed in the center of the basement. THe manual says you should only run one duct within 20 ft of the stove. Im planning to run about 30 ft (all in a tight area above the stove)of duct work with 4 registers,( not the existing ones), and dampers inline with each register. That way if one room is a little chilly, I can adjust the dampers accordingly. At least this way all of the heat is up on the first floor rather than in the basement. That has to help. Thanks
jkrf27
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: Super Mag

Re: New stove setting quetions?

PostBy: jkabdoors On: Mon Jan 21, 2013 2:55 pm

Do you have your cold air returns vented down to the floor? I have a L.L. Pocono in my basement at the one end and a cold air at the opposite end and vented to the basement floor with a fan in front pulling cold air.Our basement door is removed for the winter so heat will come up and 2 vents about 6ft from the stove for warm air to rise, this works very well for us.
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Stove/Furnace Make: Leisure Line
Stove/Furnace Model: Pocono


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