1. Welcome Hearth.com Guests and Visitors - Please enjoy our forums!
    Hearth.com GOLD Sponsors who help bring the site content to you:
    Hearthstone Soapstone and Cast-Iron stoves( Wood, Gas or Pellet Stoves and Inserts)
    Caluwe - Passion for Fire and Water ( Pellet and Wood Hydronic and Space Heating)

Question about air flow

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Mitch Newton, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. Mitch Newton

    Mitch Newton Member

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2012
    Messages:
    173
    Loc:
    Beavercreek, Ohio
    I have read all the threads about moving air, fans directed at the stove, etc. But I have a question about the location of register vents for cold air return to the basement. My set up is a large ranch home on a full basement. The stove is in the unfinished basement. The heat moves up the stairwell fairly well. But I want to install a cold air register to allow cold air to be drawn into the basement. I live in the country so I don't have any regulations on fusible link registers, etc.

    Where should the register go. In the coldest bedroom that we only use two to three times a year. Or should it go in the master bedroom, where it's fairly warm, where we sleep every night? Keeping in mind that the idea is to even up the heat thru-out the house not just the bedrooms. I can't really place the register in the living room since that is located over a basement garage. This is just a start, I may end up with registers in all the bedrooms.

    Thanks for any comments, suggestions, or ideas.

    Helpful Sponsor Ads!





  2. Huntindog1

    Huntindog1 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2011
    Messages:
    1,430
    Loc:
    South Central Indiana
    Here is a pic.

    Simple representation but it works for me.

    I have a vent above the stove also.

    Fan on low blowing down into the basement will slowly pull air towards the other end of the house.

    My house is like this drawing , stair well at one end and a hall way that leads to bed rooms at the other end.

    My house is very well insulated and energy efficient windows.




    Air Flow.jpg
  3. Huntindog1

    Huntindog1 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2011
    Messages:
    1,430
    Loc:
    South Central Indiana
    Here is the small fan (9" or 12") I use, these type work very well, on low you cant even hear them.

    Attached Files:

    • fan.jpg
      fan.jpg
      File size:
      10.7 KB
      Views:
      29
  4. Mitch Newton

    Mitch Newton Member

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2012
    Messages:
    173
    Loc:
    Beavercreek, Ohio
    HuntinDog, do you just have one vent back in the bedroom area?
  5. Huntindog1

    Huntindog1 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2011
    Messages:
    1,430
    Loc:
    South Central Indiana
    I have one vent that was left from taking my duct work out from my old wood furnace. I turn the fan facing down blowing the air down into the basement that then helps pull air up into the house from the stair well and the other vent that is above my free standing stove. My vent above the stove was in the house when I moved there, some people that live in areas that are more populated have building codes that prohibit this type vent above stove.

    If you get a quantity of air flow down that way it will better heat that end of the house but its not gonna make all rooms the same temp.

    My bed rooms are approx 2 degrees cooler keep in mind my house is very well insulated.

Share This Page