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Thoughts on a ceiling fan in the basement.

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Wildo, Apr 11, 2013.

  1. Wildo

    Wildo Feeling the Heat

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    I just came to the conclusion that a ceiling fan in the basement might really help any thoughts?

    We already have one on each of the other floors.

    Or is cold air returns and simple convection the way to go in the basement?

    Would the turbulence block the flow of cold air down or would it enhance it depending on blade direction?

    Note that this is the current set up(no forced hot air or water).

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  2. realstihl

    realstihl Feeling the Heat

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    I have a ceiling fan in the basement. It doesn't work well with the woodstove if you're trying to get heat to the second floor. That's the way it works in my basement.
  3. savageactor7

    savageactor7 Minister of Fire

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    I think your on to something Wildo. If your basement can safely accommodate a ceiling fan than go for it. As a long time 24/7 firewood burner we appreciate the utility of fans...they do even if marginally, make primitive heating better as far as moving the air around.
  4. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    A ceiling fan is best for breaking up heat stratification during the winter. Usually this is not an issue in a basement which has a goo convection path to upstairs. If not, improving convection will have better results. If you do put one in, watch the ceiling height or someone may get an unwanted haircut. :eek:
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  5. Wildo

    Wildo Feeling the Heat

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    I was wondering if the extra turbulence would get more heat moving up the stairwell which is in the sw corner about 10 off the left side of the stove. The basement runs in the 90 temp. range now.

    A fan that can flush mount will fit between the joists (24 on center) and its a full 8' to the bottom of the joists so no hair cuts plus I'm almost bald now anyway.:(
  6. savageactor7

    savageactor7 Minister of Fire

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    A set up like that would restrict the draw of the blades and overheat the motor...you don't want to do that.
  7. Wildo

    Wildo Feeling the Heat

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    crap didn't think of that, thanks
  8. Wildo

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    What if it is mounted like that right next to a large cold air return???

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