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New stove, room gets to hot

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by JohnJohn, Nov 9, 2013.

  1. JohnJohn

    JohnJohn New Member

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    Room gets too hot ,,, help


    Okay, I bought a Clydesdale. My home is 2600sf center hall colonial. The stove is in the family room 12x20 room. The room is 88F and the upstairs is 65 at best. In the doorway I have two 200 com corner fans lowing air out,and I'm pushing cool air from the kitchen to the stove with a floor fan. I also have the ac fan running. Wife is not happy and wants it off or gone. I need some help. The room has one cold air return. Ceilings are all 8 ft. And the rest of the ff is 73F. And I have the ceiling fan running .

    Thanks
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  2. woodsmaster

    woodsmaster Minister of Fire

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    This my friend is why I have a boiler.
  3. woodgeek

    woodgeek Minister of Fire

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    IMO those little corner fans are worthless. The floor fan should be helping, is it too small or on a low speed or both? Usually a big fan on low is better than a small fan on high (and quieter too). You don't have a floorplan posted, but usually the prob is getting the heat out doorway from the stoveroom....try some different locales for the floor fan, perhaps closer to that doorway, or someplace that might move the heat to the stairwell so it can go upstairs....

    And the AC blower might be a positive or a negative, depending on how well insulated it is. Experiment with it on and off.

    You're gonna have to play here, unless your floorplan is really split up, you should be able to get this resolved with 1 floor fan in the right spot.

    Of course, 2600 is a lot of sq footage for a single stove and passive distribution.
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  4. Bagelboy

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    Like anything new, its going to take both time to figure things out and patience from your wife. Try to draw up a rough sketch of your floor plan and I'm sure someone here will be able to help. Your house can't be that unique that someone here isn't working under the same conditions.
  5. My Oslo heats my home

    My Oslo heats my home Minister of Fire

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    You definitely have a work in progress there. This is not a plug n play situation. It seems as if the family room is isolated enough that the rest of the massive 2600 sq ft is going to have trouble getting some of that heat. I'm thinking towards air circulator on a hot air system or blowers on the stove itself as suggestions.
    In my case, I have a 1880's style farmhouse with 2,000+ sq ft. My main stove is in the dining room in the center of the house and I have a supplemental stove off the family room at the rear of the house. The main stove has trouble with the family room when it's very cold. It took awhile to figure out the quirks but we got it.
  6. Grisu

    Grisu Minister of Fire

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    One trick I found here is to tape little toilet paper strips to the top of your door openings. When you watch them you can figure out where the warm air is going and then try to place the fan(s) differently to see how that changes the airflow. If you post a floorplan we may be able to help you some more.
  7. Lighting Up

    Lighting Up Feeling the Heat

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    What works for me this time of year is smaller fires....let it burn out if needed.
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  8. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    +1, run smaller fires and let them burn out until the outdoor temps are cold.
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  9. woodgeek

    woodgeek Minister of Fire

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    The ceiling fan could also be making things worse. What you want is the hot air to 'pool' across the ceiling, 'overflow' the doorway (facilitated by the floor fan pushing air in the doorway at the bottom), and then flow all over the ceilings of your lower story and up the stairwell. IF you mix the air up using the ceiling fan, cooling it, it will be less likely to flow elsewhere in your house.
  10. Ram 1500 with an axe...

    Ram 1500 with an axe... Minister of Fire

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    I take it that this is not your main heating source, you biggest problem (besides the angry wife) is too much stove for too small of a room, I have a lest powerful insert in a room of 550 sq ft and fortunately it heats perfectly when continually running it. Like these guys say, run smaller fires and produce less heat or it will be out the door. Another thing, where is your thermostat located? Is it in the stove room? Don't try to use the Clyde to heat your entire house, that's probably too tough of a task to ask of it anyways.....good luck
  11. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Welcome to the forum John.

    You have a large stove and a large home so you should be well set there. But remember, it is not yet winter. There is no need to fill that stove with wood. Try burning only 2 or 3 small splits at a time. That is the easiest way to keep from overheating.

    On the movement of air, don't try to move the warm air, just use the fan to blow the cool air into the stove room. And contrary to some advice, a large fan is not needed. A small desk top fan run on low speed usually does the trick nicely. In our home we have a long hallway and when those far rooms got cold we used a small vornado fan in the hallway blowing toward the stove room. The far rooms warmed within about 15 minutes. That fan isn't even 10" diameter, so a large fan is not needed.

    Save your wood for winter when it gets cold! Don't try to burn it all now. And by all means, try to keep your wife happy.
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  12. weatherguy

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    Are you running he blower on the stove? At this time of year I usually keep the blower off my insertand let the ceiling fans move the hot air around, seems to keep the family room from getting too hot.
  13. Dakotas Dad

    Dakotas Dad Minister of Fire

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    Your wife says it's to hot?

    Unpossible.
  14. weatherguy

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    Well, my wife was always cold til she turned 50 ;), we'll see what his wife says when the temps get down into the teens.
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  15. Dakotas Dad

    Dakotas Dad Minister of Fire

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    LOL.. yeah my wife is in her 50's.. she can sit down in front of the stove at full burn for hours. It blows my mind.

    I think though, the OP may find that when it gets cold out, his to hot issue should go away.. but it is the norm for the stove room to be warmer than the rest of the rooms. Our master bath will run *about* 5 degrees cooler than the living room, and that is as far from the stove as you can get.
  16. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Smaller loads . . . do not reload or reload as often. The few times I get the place too hot is typically in the fall or spring when I am a bit too zealous and load it up too much and/or reload it too soon or simply reload the stove when I should let the fire go out and rely on the heated mass to keep the place warm.

    Perhaps the best advice of all . . . wait until the dead of winter and see if you are still getting blown away by the heat issue.

    Sounds like you're using the fan "trick" to move the heated air out of the room with the stove by blowing it towards the stove . . . so you should be good there.
  17. Firedancer

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    I am also in NJ and own a Clyde. I'm just learning my new stove as well and agree with what's being said...smaller loads. I have opened a window because it was just too hot and within 10 min it cooled to a more tolerable level of heat for me.

    The fan in the colder area of the house blowing towards stove room has worked nicely. I have no ceiling fans.

    Keep in mind too the type of wood you are burning. Some wood burns way hotter than others.

    I am super excited about not paying the utility company the money they have been receiving from us all these years. I am the "wife" and I look forward to spending that money saved on something much more fun;)
  18. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Good for you Firedancer. It is good that the ladies get involved in this. My wife even comes out in the woods when I am cutting and we enjoy working together. Have done that for well over 50 years now and it will continue as long as we can do it.
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  19. Firedancer

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    Today I stacked wood on my porch to ready myself for the pending cold this week. A couple wheelbarrows full...it's like therapy! Lol. Feels good! AND did this to help my hubby who was out picking up wood that his tree cutting buddy cut today. One less thing HE had to do when he got home :)

    Then I ORDERED dinner tonight ;) (one hand washes the other==c)
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  20. n3pro

    n3pro Minister of Fire

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    One of the reasons I put the stove in a room we don't regularly use. I'm dealing with the too hot syndrome too because of being over-zealous. Fortunately my wife is more forgiving of too hot then too cold. Good luck. she will appreciate it this winter if the weather forecast hold true.
  21. Ram 1500 with an axe...

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    Very nice, I think you have learned so much in a short period of time FD, keep it up, your headed in the right direction...;)
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  22. dyerkutn

    dyerkutn Feeling the Heat

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    nice to see another woman on the forum!! My son helps with the heavy moving but I handle the daily moving and stove myself. It is a late in life start but I love it and am learning so much from this forum.
  23. Firedancer

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    **beginning to think wife kept stove-got rid of JohnJohn**
    ;)
    JohnJohn MIA.
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    We're happy to have you ladies here! You're often better learners. ;lol
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  25. Scols

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    Open some windows and put on shorts, 88 is heavenly!

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