So I've now installed my Alaska Channing stoker in my dining room and its been running for about 36 hours now. Then we got this cold snap in Western NY and the stove seems to be pulling cold air through every orifice in my 160 year old, not so well built or maintained farm house!
Could the power vent and combustion fan be creating too much draw on the air in the house? I've had to cover all air returns and vents from my furnace due to cold air coming from them (presumably from the pv sucking too hard). Can the pv be placed on a rheostat? If so, what kind is recommended? I attempted to put it in-line with the rheostat that controls my convection blowers, but that did not work.
Also, I have read some threads that refer to ducting that is used to provide either fresh air to the combustion fan or using cold air return ducting for that purpose. My situation is that I am very near an outside wall and could plumb a duct for fresh air, or I could take air from the basement and perhaps connect it to the cold air return of my furnace. What might the pro's and con's?
Also, I have an old baro damper that appears as though it may work, but is corroded to the point that I cannot read what setting it is at. It there a way to tell what is a good enough setting by appearance and behavior of the damper?
Thanks for all your help!
I am eagerly waiting to install a hot water coil in my stove, asap. Has anyone used this in conjunction with radiant floor heating?
Thank God the temps are on the rise!