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C/A Return above stove

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by kyburnr, Oct 27, 2008.

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  1. kyburnr

    kyburnr New Member

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    Wanting to know if anyone has installed a cold air return above their stove and had success using it with the hvac fan? I can put one in easily but the return line and most of my duct work (all but 1 and part of 2 others) runs through the crawl space or the attic. I would probably still have to leave some of my other CAR's open or partially open as well, I think the car line that I can hook up to is a 6" or 8" insulated flex duct.
    Looking for my odds of making a difference before installing one in the ceiling. Don't really want to have a vent up there that isn't going to help.

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  2. tinkabranc

    tinkabranc Minister of Fire

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    I do have a cold air return in the same room as the stove but it is across the
    room in the wall. When the code enforcer in my town inspected my stove
    he measured how far away the return was from the stove.

    He commented that it is against code if the return is within 10 feet from the stove.
    May be different in your area, but thought I would mention it.

    edit: I only use the furnace fan now and then to shuffle the air if it gets
    too stuffy in the room the stove is in. Ceiling fans work better for me.
  3. kyburnr

    kyburnr New Member

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    Thanks,

    Which way do you run your ceiling fan ...Clockwise or counter clockwise? I have 1 fan to each side of the stove. The stove sets in between two rooms that are open. Do you run the fans in the other rooms and if so, do you run them in the same direction as the ones in the room with the stove?
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    tinkabranc Minister of Fire

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    My stove is in my basement so my setup may be a little different
    than most. I have an open stairwell on the first floor so I have a
    small box fan at the bottom of the basement stairs pointing towards
    the stove. The ceiling fans on the first floor run in reverse in the winter
    so they bring up the heat up the stairs even faster.

    If/When the room where the stove is gets too stuffy, then I turn on the
    furnace fan for a little bit to shuffle up the air a bit more.
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