Greyhound wrote: I installed my stove right next to my furnace to tie in to the hot air plenums and open the base of the furnace to allow the cold air to flow back out and be re-heated by the stove.
PLEASE HAVE A CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR IN THE BASEMENT, sorry for yelling, not really and let me tell you why. I have a warm air oil fire furnace. I recently moved my stove into the basement about 6' from my furnace, would have been closer but I had an existing pot belly and flue pipe in front of a fireplace in the basement and the furnace is on the other side of the fireplace. My stove is below the 2 bedrooms in an 1100 sq. ft. unfinished block wall basement. I have been doing alot of reading about air movement and pulling cold air from the oposite end of the home is what is needed for my home, now the fun part. I opened up a cold air return, it is a simple 2 joist with a metal pan under. I opened up the return above the stove and turnrd on my furnace blower and was impressed with the suction pulling hot air in, I wanted more! I removed the back panel from the furnace because when the stove is cranking away the basement is 80-85 degrees and I want that heat upstairs. I turned the furnace blower back on and I headed up the basement stairs at the oposing end ( I will call it the cold air return end of the basement ). Well the cold air coming down the stairs felt like a wave in the ocean, because of the increased pressure of taking the back panel of the furnace off, the basement door slammed in my face and I was amazed at the increased rate the warm air was coming out of my heat registers my wife could have dried her hair faster than with a hair dryer. I had loaded the stove 5 min. before and I could smell the volitals burning of and the wife thought I had farted
I raced down stairs to shut off the furnace blower. My home is fairly tight and I caused a negative pressure , greater than the stove draft and was pulling stove exhaust into my home, C.O. detector went off and I felt like an idiot in my quest of wanting more. I wanted to start a thread today about this called "heat greed" but you post seemed relevant. be safe and warm.