freetown fred wrote:
That's on top of being REAL unhealthy over-all--I don't care HOW pregnant Momma is---I'm hoping the rest of the house is much lower for the sake of them kids.
It is. The temperature in our house is different depending on where you go, and at what time of day.
Our thermostat in our bedrooms is set at 68 degrees which turns on the propane boiler which heats just the bedrooms. The wood/coal stove has no thermostat at all and can only get the Great Room to a temperature of 82 degrees if I am burning Stove Coal or firewood, but can get up to 92 degrees if I burn Nut Coal.
Now getting the heat to the other end of the house is a different story. My house is T-shaped, so to get the heat down the hallway is problematic. Usually in the morning the boiler comes on because my rooms are less than 68 degrees, but by 8 Am the boiler shuts off because I have got the wood stove/coal stove going and enough heat drifts down into the back bedrooms to bring the temperature over the set temp of 68 degrees. As I write this though, at 6 PM, the farthest bedroom from the stove, is a comfortable 73 degrees and won't climb higher then that.
The problem with us is; we have just been acclimated to 80 degrees. This is no joke, when the temp hits 72 degrees in the Great Room, we feel chilled and will fire up the wood stove. We just have gotten used to living in 80 degree temperatures. Some of it too is just because "we are keeping the wood stove going". It is a pain to keep starting fires and is just much easier to toss sticks of wood in throughout the day and keep the thing going. Unless it gets really cold though, we do let it go out at night.
One thing I did for our stove though, is add a lot of thermal mass. I hauled in about a ton of rocks and placed them behind the stove; partly to protect the wall from the radiant heat, but also to help absorb that heat when the stove is going. After 8 PM, when I let the stove go out (unless it is super cold out), those rocks radiate the heat back out into the room all night long. When I get up at 4 AM or so, the house is still a comfortable 75 degrees or so and the rocks are still warm to the touch.
Another thing I did in this house to control temps, is insulate all my inside walls. Not only does this deaden sounds, but anytime I want to heat or cool a room, I can do so by opening or closing doors. Lets say I want to keep my bedrooms at an even 68 degrees, all I would have to do is keep the doors to them always shut. Because the thermostats are in the rooms, the heat from the woodstove would never go in there. Because of that, the propane boiler would control when the heat went on and off and so the room would be an even temp all the time.
I do not do that. Whenever I can keep my propane boiler from coming on, that keeps me from burning expensive propane. That is why I am so surprised I have burned 100 gallons of propane so far this year. It means my bedrooms get below 68 degree too much. I need a coal/wood boiler to circulate through my radiant floors and stop the propane non-sense.