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Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by mfglickman, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. mfglickman

    mfglickman Minister of Fire

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    I'm looking to punch some holes in my pine ceiling in my family room through to the master bedroom (which has ugly low pile carpet) to allow the warm air from the woodstove to take the chill off of the bedroom.

    The old section of our house has a version of these, and they help keep the bedroom on that side of the house much warmer.

    http://www.wayfair.com/Minuteman-International-Cast-Iron-Register-with-Louvers-JR-14-XMM1096.html

    I think I'd need 2 pieces, a register and a grate? how do I seal off the box so that I'm not heating into the ceiling/floor but rather just opening a short tunnel between the 2 rooms?

    Thanks!

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  2. flyingcow

    flyingcow Minister of Fire

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    Contact a local sheet metal shop. They can make a 2 piece sleeve for it. Make one sleeve a bit smaller than the other, slide inside of each other.

    Buy some aluminum flashing and make your own 2 piece. L shaped pieces with tabs drilled out for pop rivets?

    hand held right angle drill is a plus.
  3. Gary_602z

    Gary_602z Minister of Fire

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    Might want to check local firecodes.

    Gary
  4. DAKSY

    DAKSY Patriot Guard Staff Member

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    After you check with your fire marshall & if you get the OK, think about this in a different way. What you want to do is to get the COLD air OUT of the bedroom. That will allow the WARM air in. These types of registers are better used as cold air returns, so they should be installed near the outer walls of the house, which tend to be colder. You're gonna create a convection current which will draw the warmer air up the staircase & into the room(s) where the cold air drops out...Just my $.02
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  5. heat seeker

    heat seeker Minister of Fire

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    Fire hazard, not worth the risk, IMO. Your insurance company may not like the idea, either, especially in the event of a claim.
  6. fishingpol

    fishingpol Minister of Fire

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    These change directions of air currents and can direct air away from a smoke detector. Old houses with gravity fed furnaces had these usually in the corner of a room.
  7. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    +1 And a good 2¢ at that!
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