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Do you run a humidifier?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by gambler13, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. gambler13

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    Do any of you run a humidifier in the house when using your pellet stove or do anything to add moisture?

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  2. SteveB

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    I have two pellet stoves and I have two humidifiers. I go through about 5 gallons of water a day but it doesn't help a whole lot. Might just do the one in the bedroom this year (1 gallon a day) and forget about the one on the first floor.
  3. jrsdws

    jrsdws Feeling the Heat

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    Yep...a bigger one on the main floor near the stove and a smaller one upstairs for the kid's rooms. It seems like the fan from my humidifier actually helps circulate the heat from the stove.
  4. briansol

    briansol Minister of Fire

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    I run a kenmore unit. puts up about 1.5 gallons a day in the air to maintain a 50% hmidity level.
  5. saladdin

    saladdin Feeling the Heat

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    Nope.
  6. nate379

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    :eek::eek:
  7. briansol

    briansol Minister of Fire

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    why the face? is that way off for you? i find the mid band to be comfortable
  8. fmsm

    fmsm Minister of Fire

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    Yes, I have a big one on my main floor and am ready to fire up the smaller one for upstairs. The house dries up way too much 28% humidity without it. I try to keep it between 45-50%
  9. thedak

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    I have a Lasko Unit.
  10. nate379

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    You don't have issues with walls or windows sweating with that much moisture? I keep my house at 25-30% in the winter.
  11. Justin M

    Justin M Feeling the Heat

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    I run a Lasko humifier and keep it at 50%.
  12. briansol

    briansol Minister of Fire

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    not at all.

    at 25%, everyone gets bloody noses and wakes up sore throats.

    50% is barable. I'd like it to be 70%, but there's no way my unit can keep up with that.
  13. P38X2

    P38X2 Minister of Fire

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    Yep, big Sears console humidifier. Ugly and a bit noisy but it does the whole house. It's the model with the big 5 gal bin that I use 5 gallon buckets to fill. Just flip the lid on the top and pour it in.
  14. jlupi

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    you dont want 70. sweating and mold. My humidity is naturally 60-80 in winter If i let it stay that high I get mold
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    Wachusett Feeling the Heat

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    Careful to much humidity causes mold growth and promotes growth of dust mites. 40-50% humidity is ideal to control both
    without being to uncomfortable.
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    St_Earl Minister of Fire

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    i use a vornado evaporative unit.
    it has an upward pointing fan so also circulates the heat from up on the ceiling.

    without it we have the same symptoms briansol mentioned.

    i will occasionally put a few drops of iodine in the tank to keep any bio growth in the wicks suppressed.
  17. Salty

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    I have the big humidaire unit, it's sold as the kenmore, etc units. Two plastic jugs I think it's a ~5 gallon unit. I buy 4 filter sets a year and use the pink filter stuff in the water. I haven't turned mine on yet but will in another week or so. I think we usually keep it running til abt April or so.
  18. DexterDay

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    You have brought this up last year (calling me out). I do like to keep my place about 45% (+/-). But I DON'T have mine running now (Large Lasko unit). And my home is still between 47% (high/far room) and 37% (this is stove room/DRY).

    These are normal levels. Why is this alarming ? Everyone that has posted tries to keep levels around here.

    Maybe Alaska is Much drier than the lower 48? My basement is about 40% with the woodstove and a Kettle on it.

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  19. wilburg

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    I run at 50%... But that means I have to DEhumidify... Remember, it takes more energy to heat moist air than dry air.
  20. nate379

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    maybe so, I barely remember what I ate for supper, never mind something I posted on here a year ago!

    Not sure what your picture is, I can just make out some gray and a couple lighter colored bars.
  21. DexterDay

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    Click to enlarge. Its a temp/humidity monitoring system. Showing the temp of the kids rooms, our room (well, normally, but it is currently in the stove room/measures the room its in), and then the humidity of the rooms.

    20%-30% we also get bloody noses and irritated throats, as briansol mentions above.
  22. bill3rail

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    I run a small one just to the side of the stove so it expels moisture into the convection blower air stream.
    No bloody noses yet!
    Bill
  23. Chain

    Chain Feeling the Heat

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    I have one in my dining room. It's has a five gallon capacity. With my old Lopi pellet stove I also put one of the ceramic/cast iron type containers on top of the stove and let it do it's thing. Since I have a new Harman P61A, I'm a bit reluctant to use it as it can leave a bit of rust on the stove as well as scratches if I'm not careful. Once I break the new stove in a bit more, I'll probably start using that too.
  24. saladdin

    saladdin Feeling the Heat

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    All of you are welcome to move to the South and enjoy fine amounts of humidity year round and save on humidifer costs.
  25. briansol

    briansol Minister of Fire

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    it's PLENTY (100%) humid here in the summer too, but dry in the winters.

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