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rear heat shield?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by DianeB, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. DianeB

    DianeB Feeling the Heat

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    would a rear heat shield on my Castine help radiate heat into the room? My stove set in front of my fireplace and the bricks in the fireplace pretty hot as I have been running the stove very hot the past couple of days (at 600 vs. at 500) - Would this cause the stove to be more of a convection stove and push the warm air to the front of the stove into the room? I did not need the rear shield for clearances, but wondering if it would help performance on days like this. We are out of the house during the day at work so has been hard to get temps up these past couple of days when we return in the evening. The stove sits in front of the fireplace and not tucked into it

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  2. fox9988

    fox9988 Minister of Fire

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    If the fireplace is on an exterior wall, I think the shield would help. Someone mentioned it in a thread earlier, the bricks were warm on the oustside of the fireplace and a rear shield made a noticable difference.
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    No, a rear heat shield would not help it radiate more heat into the room save your money. It might cause it to convect more strongly, if a blower was moving air from the bottom of the shield to the top, but I doubt you would notice a big difference. It could be that you need a larger stove to do that.
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    DianeB Feeling the Heat

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    I read a post when I did a search (think it goes back to 2010) that someone said the heat rise from a space between the rear heat shield up behind the top plate of the stove. That would throw heat up towards the mantle - perhaps a better chance for the warm air to circulate in the room. My chimney is on an exterior wall
  5. DianeB

    DianeB Feeling the Heat

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    Where does the heat go if shielded from radiating out the back - could it perhaps rise to the top of the shield thu an opening? I have a bottom heat shield that wraps the ash pan and no heat at on on that shield.
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    Do you have a heat shield on the back of your stove.​
    I had a fireplace set up and found the brick was sucking the heat out through the brick.​
    The brick on the outside was warm to the touch. I put a heat shield on and reflected some of that heat outward.​
    It made a big difference.​
    My new house has a metal chimney up through the house. That gives off far more heat.​
    Some one else suggested checking for a block off plate. I would do that.​
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    The post I was referring to.

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