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Observations after three seasons with a P68

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by allenfrme, Jan 4, 2008.

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  1. allenfrme

    allenfrme New Member

    Jul 19, 2007
    We had friends over for supper last week, people who just purchased a P68, after hearing about mine for three years. Sitting at the dinner table, the woman commented their house didn't feel as warm as ours, more drafty. I chuckled a bit, since my house is far older, and drafty, from my viewpoit. They have a new home, built in the last few years, and by a good local builder.

    I asked two questions. Are you using the ceiling fans ? And, what are you using for a humidifier ?

    Their answers were, No, the ceiling fans are for Summer heat, we don't use them in the Winter. And no, they felt the humidity was fine. Didn't I see all the snow around! The humidity must be high enough.

    So, I quietly shut off my two ceiling fans, one in the kitchen area , and one in the living room where the pellet stove is located. Then we sat and chatted for a while. After about 30 minutes, everyone was commenting on how cold it was that evening, down in the -5 degree range. And my wife asked why the fans were off. I was geting chilly.

    I turned the fans back on, and ten minutes later the little 'drafts' were gone, the house felt comfortable again. I also told them I kept the humidity level just to the point where a little condensated near the colner of one older window, about 35% according to the meter.

    I got a phone call this morning. Ceiling fans were running at their place, the humidifier had the level at 35%, and the house was just as comfortable as mine was. And, oh, by the way, they aren't running the pellets through the stove anywhere near as much as before.

    Learning to adapt to the real cold weather, especially in Maine, is sometimes more subtle than people realize.

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  2. petejung

    petejung New Member

    Sep 28, 2007
    Heh. Sounds familiar! We were "happy" with the heat output and the comfort level after we installed our stove... Then we turned the ceiling fans on (on low, just to move the air around)... What a difference! Really nice...
  3. smirnov3

    smirnov3 Feeling the Heat

    Feb 7, 2006
    Eastern Ma
  4. pe islander

    pe islander New Member

    Dec 28, 2007
    PEI, Can.
    I'm in the process of buying a XXV and I was wonderring the whole ceiling fan idea. I have a 15'cathedral ceiling in my living room (where the stove is going). The cathedral ceiling leads to the 2nd floor. My question is should I have the fan turning in the direction to push the hot air down, or pull the cool air up (opposite direction)? Also, I have a large ceiling fan in the TV room on the other side of the house, would it be benificial to turn it on as well? Thanks for any ideas in advance.
  5. deadeye316

    deadeye316 New Member

    Dec 8, 2007
    Amsterdam, ny

    Is this a 1 or 2 story? how many sq ft? and how big is your humidifier? I am having one installed 1/8/09 and i have a big ceiling fan in the pellet room and im looking for a humidifier and not sure what size to get. I have a 2 story 1900 sq ft
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