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OAK with new Quadra Fire Insert?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by JimT004, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. JimT004

    JimT004 New Member

    Feb 21, 2013
    Hello all. I just had a quadra fire castile insert installed two days ago. I am really looking to heat an area with about 1500 square feet. My house was always a little drafty but seems like the drafts are worse after installation. My thermostat is only 18' from the pellet stove and has not gone over 70 degrees. I am guessing the drafty windows and doors will contribute to the temp not getting to high. I am reading that if I do not have an outside air kit, the stove will draw air from any drafts (path of least resistance) and the room will not warm up. Do I need to install an outside air kit to reduce the drafts and pull the air from the outside? I will be addressing the drafts anyway but keep reading that the stove will draw from any area it can. Please help! Thanks!!

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  2. DAKSY

    DAKSY Patriot Guard Rider Staff Member

    Dec 2, 2008
    Averill Park, NY, on Burden Lake II...
    I think you've already answered your own question. Add the OAK & you'll be glad you did.
  3. john193

    john193 Minister of Fire

    Jan 11, 2010
    Southeast PA
    Installing an oak will cut down on the draft. The system is not going to be 100% efficient because the intake on quadrafire stoves is not sealed so the stove will still consume some inside air. This is just a factory design. There is also the fact that cutting an uninsulated hole to the outside also contributes to heat loss. In other words, installing an oak isn't a substitution to properly sealed doors and windows, it's just a small piece of the pie.
  4. Lake Girl

    Lake Girl Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2011
    NW Ontario
    OAK is the only way to go IMO... The OAK will compensate for issues in both old and new home construction. Newer houses are more ``air tight`` while older homes can have numerous issues with little or no insulation or varying quality on windows & doors that will pull in cold outside air from those points.

    Got bad advice when we purchased the stove and installed the OAK about 2 or 3 weeks later. Always learning...
  5. briansol

    briansol Minister of Fire

    Jan 18, 2009
    central ct
    Do it asap. i buddy put one in and cut back on a full less ton of pellets used!

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