1. Welcome Hearth.com Guests and Visitors - Please enjoy our forums!
    Hearth.com GOLD Sponsors who help bring the site content to you:
    Hearthstone Soapstone and Cast-Iron stoves( Wood, Gas or Pellet Stoves and Inserts)

Anybody else do this?

Post in 'The Gear' started by FatttFire, Dec 6, 2008.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Shipper50

    Shipper50 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2007
    Messages:
    604
    Loc:
    Indiana
    I wished you lived closer, I would love to have you shoot my log home so I could tell where all the drafts are. I know this house was not built with energy efficiency in mind.

    Shipper

    Helpful Sponsor Ads!





  2. DAKSY

    DAKSY Patriot Guard Rider Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2008
    Messages:
    5,379
    Loc:
    Averill Park, NY, on Burden Lake II...
    Probably hafta stop counting at 2!
  3. pdboilermaker

    pdboilermaker New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2007
    Messages:
    140
    Loc:
    North Central Indiana, Kokomo
    I have done it at home and at work. At home to prevent heat/cooling loss and at work as a form of predictive maintence on electric motors, breakers, etc.
  4. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2006
    Messages:
    15,232
    Loc:
    Northern IL
    Oh yeah, I have done this as well. And when looking for cold spots it always seems to be coldest when I point it at the GF.
  5. BJ64

    BJ64 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2008
    Messages:
    608
    Loc:
    NE Oklahoma
    I like the goose bump idea best of all.
  6. John_M

    John_M Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2008
    Messages:
    614
    Loc:
    Central NY
    If I had the money I would love to have some kind of accurate thermal sensing device(s). Don't wish to take sides in your case but I believe you are doing the right thing. You are paying attention to the details and trying to improve upon an already successful situation. That is how we make advances in medicine, science and the arts.

    This spring I'll be hiring someone to cut a hole in the roof of my house to install a chimney for my new wood stove. I hope this person is as detail-conscious as you are.

    One vote for the challengee, 3/4 vote to the challenger for enjoying your idiosyncriases. Enjoy yourselves.
  7. NEDLAX

    NEDLAX New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2008
    Messages:
    37
    Loc:
    UPSTATE NY
    I have done this I have a flir infra red camera. Im a energy home inspector, I also do spary foam insulation. The camera shows everything and the best part if you hire the right person is they can take pictures of the issues. Then you can address the problems and have it checked again. They are also very usefull in detecting moisture too. For just a infra red scan i wouldnt pay over 300 if other tests are done(blower door or ductblaster) maybe more. After I install my stove I am going to try and see how the heat flows thru the house w/ it to see where I should add registers. Has anyone had a home w/ a wood stove and then sealed it up causing draft problems?
  8. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2008
    Messages:
    7,358
    Loc:
    NW Ontario
    Lots of people run into that issue. They seal up every cold draft they can feel but miss all the places that warm air is leaking out cuz they're not as noticable.
  9. NEDLAX

    NEDLAX New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2008
    Messages:
    37
    Loc:
    UPSTATE NY
    I was talking about the draft of their chimmney, smoke leaking into room more than before. Since you are sealing the drafts it will affect the pressure plane of the stack pressure in the house. Probally reducing the rate of flow in the chimmney, Fresh air intake would probally address it but I was just wondering if people have had this problem. I have been makeing improvements to my house and was wondering if i went over board would i have problems. Ive sprayed 4 inches of foam on my rim joist R-26 1 inch foil faced foam board on the basement walls then a framed wall in front of it with r-15 blown in fiber glass. So i have an R-24 in basement walls( stove will be put in basement) R-15 in main floor walls and R-49 in attic. I have tested my house w/ a blower door( this tests air infiltration) when I started I had 4,000 cfm @ 50 pascales now I only have 875 cfm @50 pascales. I have installed a exhaust fan in bathroom on a timer for the air to exchange. Stove is on back order just wondering if I will have draft problems with the chimmney w/ a tight house. Sorry for getting off topic
  10. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2008
    Messages:
    7,358
    Loc:
    NW Ontario
    I understood you fine. You use the term "infiltrate" which implies air coming "in". Where stack effect would normally cause air to leak "out", a blower door test will reverse the airflow to "in" making it easier to find. Most people don't have a blower door and so miss the air leaking out.

    A tight house needs to have general make-up air. An OAK will only satisfy the specific combustion and draft need of the stove to which it is attached but if there is a pressure deficit, you can still have smoke leak into the house either through cracks and joints, or when the door is opened.
  11. Gooserider

    Gooserider Mod Emeritus

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2006
    Messages:
    6,737
    Loc:
    Northeastern MA (near Lowell)
    I've actually heard of cases where sealing up a home can IMPROVE the stove draft - if you have a lot of leakage out the ceiling and upper floor windows you can have that heat loss acting as a "draft" that competes with the chimney for the incoming air... Sealing those leaks gives better draft on the chimney by removing some of the alternative exits...

    Gooserider
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page