Can I power vent a Hyfire out my basement window?

Re: Can I power vent a Hyfire out my basement window?

PostBy: Freddy On: Thu May 15, 2008 9:04 am

Well, Europachris has a direct vent. I messaged him and he was kind enough to put an ammeter on it. It draws 79 watts! Far less than than 1.77 amps (212 watts). Maybe the new powerventers are different, a rheostat would lower them some, but the one I had ran one speed, wide open. So, with my electric rates, a powerventer would cost $27 a month, a direct vent, $10.
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Re: Can I power vent a Hyfire out my basement window?

PostBy: LsFarm On: Thu May 15, 2008 11:24 am

A direct vent is not adjustable like a powerventer,, and a barometric damper can be set up with a powervent, and a manometer set up to read the actual draft in the flue... With a direct vent there is a hole in the pipe prior to the direct vent... a pretty crude method to control draft.

The big issue is the direct vent flue pipes are under pressure,, and must be sealed with sealant and wrapped with tape to prevent Carbon Monoxide leaking into the house, BUT the pipes must be cleaned a few times a season as well.. so taking apart, cleaning the resealing is a pain. Powerventer pipes are under a slight vacuum, so a perfect seal of the joint is not a health or safety issue.

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Re: Can I power vent a Hyfire out my basement window?

PostBy: Freddy On: Thu May 15, 2008 1:02 pm

Powerventers need cleaning too and it's a real pain to do so! Been there, done that. Best thing.... chimney!
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Re: Can I power vent a Hyfire out my basement window?

PostBy: LsFarm On: Thu May 15, 2008 2:05 pm

HI Freddy,, you have that 100% right,, I'm all in favor of simple, no electicity masonry chimneys !!

Greg L
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