OAK with new Quadra Fire Insert?

JimT004 Posted By JimT004, Feb 21, 2013 at 8:42 AM

  1. JimT004

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    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!!
     
  2. DAKSY

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    I think you've already answered your own question. Add the OAK & you'll be glad you did.
     
  3. john193

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    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

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    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

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    Do it asap. i buddy put one in and cut back on a full less ton of pellets used!
     

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