Yes, I'm still around
Everything is going good, but we're into a new heating season, so I had to make "additions". ... 'cause, it's what I do!
I felt, I would like to provide an outside air source for the stove, rather than using inside "conditioned air" for combustion, even though the stove has been burning great.
After pondering this project, my first trial was to use the "Fan-in-a- Can", which is tied to the furnace. I wired it, so that it would run, only, when the thermostat opened the damper on the stove (hand-fired), in addition to when the furnace ran. After some use, I decided the amount of air was over kill. Plus the "Fan-in-a- Can" was in the adjacent room (basement) and I felt it was probably cooling and supplying more air, than I needed or wanted.
Moving on: I had a 2" PVC pipe, from outdoors, running down to the back of the stove, with a stub coming forward. I never felt this, by itself, did much to satisfy the air needs of the stove combustion. So, decided to add a fan.
I bought a 55 CFM axial fan (4.5" x 4.5") and made a 24" long box to fit the fan and cross behind the stove. I installed a 2" fitting on the inlet and (2) 1-/2" fittings for outlets, which have stubs running to the front of the stove. I wired the fan, once again, to run only when the thermostat, upstairs, called for heat and opened the slide damper on the stove. I didn't have any feel for the size of the fan, but I feel the 55 CFM was a good choice. There is a steady, slow airflow in front of the damper openings.
There are more wires running to this "hand fired" than to most computers!!
This stove and installation has become "so hybrid", that I don't know what I'd replace it with, if I ever needed to.
Yes! A couple of the pic are a little fuzzy.