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Strange draft question

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by westkywood, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. westkywood

    westkywood Feeling the Heat

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    I've never heard this before, but I'm trying to eliminate everything to get to the problem.
    I've got my wood stove in the living room which is at the end of my house so sometimes I have to do some serious air moving. I have an OAK on my stove. Problem is, I can put a stick of incense at my bedroom door near the floor (which is about mid way in the house) and the smoke pulls towards the stove room fairly strong. I can feel a small draft. No fans are running. I move the incense about shoulder height and it goes the opposite way, towards the bedroom. I put the incense around the stove and the smoke goes straight up so the OAK is working and not causing a draft.
    My strange question is, Can the heat from the wood stove pull cooler air towards it just from the heat? Can it cause air to circulate just by temp differences? I dont think so, but just trying to eliminate everything. I've walked all around this house with that incense trying to find a place around doors, windows etc that would cause the draft to no avail.

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  2. topoftheriver

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    As the stove burns the draft sucks the air from anywhere in your house the air is available. Doors, drafty windows and basements are the biggest culprits. If you are draft in the house you may want to consider an external air supply which you still can regulate at the stove. That would almost eliminate all of the drafts from the house. That's my thoughts anyway.
  3. westkywood

    westkywood Feeling the Heat

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    You missed the part where I said I have an OAK ( outside air kit ) on my stove. The stove doesnt draw air from my house
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  4. KodiakII

    KodiakII Feeling the Heat

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    Sounds to me like you are experiencing convection currents first hand. The air in your home is stratified (maybe not in a room with a ceiling fan) throughout your house. Warm air rises cold air falls and therefore creates currents that will move from room to room being influenced by the convective heat from your wood stove.
  5. westkywood

    westkywood Feeling the Heat

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    Dats what I was a lookn for. I have no ceiling fans on or anything. Its really quite a draft. I can actually feel it..Interesting... It was driving me crazy....Thanks
  6. A1Stoves.com

    A1Stoves.com Minister of Fire

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    i agree it sounds like displacement.
    hot air rises and flows to back of home, cold air from back of home floods towards stove.

    you can do the incense trick closer to the stove and pipe to see if you have leaks
    :)
  7. westkywood

    westkywood Feeling the Heat

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    I put in my first post that I did just that. I ran the incense stick all around the stove to see if I had a leak...
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  8. A1Stoves.com

    A1Stoves.com Minister of Fire

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    ha, i'm spacey today!
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    jdp1152 Minister of Fire

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    I get the same thing in my living room. I can feel cooler air from behind my couch being pulled under it and toward the stove. Eventually it reaches a point where the cooler air is warmer because of the stove. If you're in a drafty house, that point may never be reached since the supply of cool air is coming from outside. I always have a draft coming down my stairs though.
  10. westkywood

    westkywood Feeling the Heat

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    You're lucky. I'm spacey everyday.
  11. topoftheriver

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    sorry about missing the acronym. That creates a different puzzle.
  12. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    For sure! And if you want that bedroom warmer, place a really small fan in the door way or hallway and run it on low speed aimed at the stove room. That will bring lots of warm air to the rear of the house.
  13. Motor7

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    I think eventually you will want a couple of ceiling fans. Set them on reverse and on the lowest speed setting which will blend that cold & warm air better. I have 4 Hunter originals in the house, two in the, great room, one in the loft & the last one in the master bedroom. So far this winter i have only been running the one in the loft & one of the great room fans....seems to work well. I do like the incense idea so I need to try that I see what is really going on with air flow. No OAK yet, but I am planning on one since the stove is in the basement & I can do the install in about a half an hour.
  14. westkywood

    westkywood Feeling the Heat

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    I do keep small fans running. But to try to track down the draft problem, I cut them off.

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