Theoretical question about masonry heaters

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Beetle-Kill, Mar 1, 2013.

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    The thought just popped up in my head. If you built a masonry heater and then a house around it, would there be any benefit to designing a secondary air system into the heater? Since they burn all out, would the secondaries add or detract from smoke output/ build-up in the stove? Just curious. JB
     
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    I think you want all the heat to travel through the labrynth of flue so the heat can be absorbed by the masonry, a baffle and/or secondary air system would prevent a lot of the heat from travelling.
     
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    Would the air drawn in and burned in a secondary tube(s) really cause that much heat loss?
     
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    Many masonry heaters incorporate secondary air systems, I believe.
     
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    Honestly, I've not dug into the designs too much, but I haven't run across a secondary air supplement/design so far.
    The desired result would be as little smoke from the flue as possible, for as short a duration of the burn as possible.
    I don't have a clue, that's why I ask. JB
     
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    I havent either thats why I replied as I did, maybe they would work better but cost more or maybe they dont make enough difference to bother.
     
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