4tees wrote:I am using the supplied convection fans to supply my 3 8" duct runs.
Run 1 is pretty much straight above stove to living room floor. 6-8' length
Run 2 is horizontal and then up to family room wall. around 20' length with inline duct fan 1/2 way
Run 3 is horizontal to the far end of the house in the kitchen floor. around 50' length with inline duct fan 1/3 way
Registers are 10x10 with two dampers in each.
With my test run I was getting some good heat from run 1 and 2(without duct booster fan). Run 3 is going to need some boosting. By running the inline fan in run3 I was getting acceptable heat to the kitchen but I know it could be better. I am thinking about insulating this whole run. I have around 5 feet of this run insulated where it runs through unheated crawl space.
Thanks for the link to the return air photos. That's what I have in mind... Maybe a 12-14" return run from the center of the house that will feed the 2 combustion fans and also the sides of the hot air jacket. I will be the guy at home depot and lowes this week standing and staring at the duct supplies with that blank look trying to figure out how to tie this all together.
Manometer is on order from Coleparmer.com. Still need to get my cousin the electrician in to install an outlet next to the stove. Don't think the inspector would pass on running the powervent and stove off an extension cord.
Sure was fun the other day sitting in front of the stove and watching the fire!!! And then running to each of the registers to feel the heat... I felt like Chuck Noland in Castaway..."Aha. Look what I've created. I have made FIRE. " .... and HEAT!!!
Do you happen to have the heat jacket?...If you metioned it in an earlier post, I missed it, sorry!......Would you say that the convection fans move the air pretty well, without boosters installed? Also, with the boosters running, did you see a noticable temp loss in the air flow?
Just trying to figure all of this out....lol
EDIT- To Clarify:
What I meant by temp loss in air flow is....Obviously I know the air is still heated, and I know it will cool somewhat as it is moved, BUT I thought a slower, steady air flow would heat better....I guess that's why I need to play with rheostat settings....lol