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Posted By grimrot,
Nov 12, 2013 at 8:18 PM
Here are the pics.
Sons what is a plate?
that is a good question
Yes the oil burner is maintaining. There are times when it gets really cold where it will not.
I have a new Defiant in a similiar type of room, 10 or 12 foot panes of glass,cathedral ceilings with a lolft, etc. You must be losing A LOT of heat because at 650 on my Defiant it is between 70 and 75 throughout the house without any other heat sources. We got some of those insulated shades a few years ago and they helped us out quite a bit - my only regret on them is that I should have purchased the motorized retractors). I would try temporarily covering those windows and see if they are the culprit.
OK thanks - I'm going to probably have to address the windows. One year I did plastic up the whole outside and it kept that room 1 to 2 degrees warmer.
Also I just thought of this, get on the phone to MassSAVE and set up an energy audit. They will do a blower test and use and IR reader to check your house out - they are free for the audit and will provide a fair amount of airsealing for free also - I had four guys with those foam backpack things seal up my house - not one penny out of my pocket. They are legit!!
Great idea firewood. I will call.
How is it upstairs? Does it feel much warmer there? Are all windows in those rooms closed? (Don't laugh, we had a similar thread once.) When you stand on that balustrade above the stove can you feel the heat coming up? Do you have a block-off plate in that chimney?
There should be roxul insulation and a steel plate fabricated to close the damper in the fireplace opening. It is fabricated around the pipe you have going up the chimney. If you don't have one, that's is where all you heat is going. Take a picture behind the stove up the chimney and post it.
All the windows are closed. I am going to get a picture up the chimney when I get home from work. Can not really feel the heat near the balustrade (I had to look that definition up).
The only thing I can think of, apart from really bad insulation, is that there is know block off plate or anything stopping the heat from running up the chimney.
That is the only thing I can think of that would cause the stove from properly heating. You have a large stove. When that stove is sitting at 650 stove top, it is throwing a large amount of heat.
I was just talking to the retailer and they mentioned that there are two dampers in that chimney. One damper was sealed one was not. I will still get a picture later. She also mentioned that the insulated shades would help.
She also said that I should run the stove for a couple days to get the walls up to temp etc. Does that sound right? A couple days to get the room up to temp sounds a excessive.
So do you guys think the culprit is the second unsealed damper?
I'll bet if you take the temperature up near the ceiling it will be over 90F up there.
Hi Begreen - Half the room closest to the stove has a loft above it. Wouldn't heat get trapped under that? That said I will try to take the temp up high and see what we get.
Is there a damper sealing block-off plate in the chimney? You should be able to see this directly above the stove maybe a foot above it. Use a mirror and a flashlight.
Also, is this a warm air heating system or a hot water system with a blower?
Yes - We used to use the fireplace alot. There is a metal plate there that I would have to open when we used the fireplace. One side now has the chimney for the wood stove.
The oil heating system is forced hot water.
Is your Oil Heat still turning on? or is the stove completely taking over? if your stove is taking over and you can keep the house at 70, thats not that bad.
Are there radiators (baseboard) or fan blown heat exchangers?
The oil heat gets it up to 69. Anything higher then that is due to the stove. Once it gets beyond 69 that zone stops calling for heat.
thats a positive... atleats that zone is not looking for more oil and the wood can maintain the temps. i bet alot of your heat is up in the cathedral.
are you running stove 24/7? or just nights ?
Have you measured the temp up there yet?
This may be a sort of perfect storm scenario involving the windows, cathedral loft, and drafty chimney, all ganging up on you.