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Wood stove steamers

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by hydestone, Jan 25, 2006.

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  1. hydestone

    hydestone New Member

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    Do you guys keep a steamer filled and on the stove at all times? I realize a wood stove really dries things out but do you think I should always have a steamer going? What do you think about every other day, or a gallon a day?

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  2. adrpga498

    adrpga498 Minister of Fire

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    I refill when I reload if needed
  3. Homefire

    Homefire New Member

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    We keep it on all he time as well.
  4. DavidV

    DavidV New Member

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    all the time and sometimes we dry clothes on a rack in the stove room.
  5. Tango

    Tango New Member

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    We do the same with ours also.
  6. Sandor

    Sandor Minister of Fire

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    Get a hygrometer so you know whats going on.

    I always dry clothes on the rack for humidy, and never use a steamer.

    70 percent humidy in the house when its 80 degrees turns into problems if the temp in the house falls to.... say 65 degrees.

    With a hygrometer, this correlation becomes obvious and gives you the info you need to make adjustments.
  7. ChrisN

    ChrisN Feeling the Heat

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    Stove-top steamer filled all the time. Mine uses between 3 and 4 liters daily. I have one of those new fangled weather stations that monitors rel. humidity, and my house seems to be stuck between 45 and 50%. If the steamer goes dry, the rel humidity drops to around 30 to 35%.
  8. Dave Kuhfahl

    Dave Kuhfahl New Member

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    I keep a soapstone steamer on my HearthStone Mansfield always, and full, unless we forget to fill it. Other than the humidity, the other nice thing about it is that my wife (covertly) makes deposits of different scented things in it also. Cinnamon sticks at the holidays, Eucalyptus or any spice/ scent she wants to try. I think it is better than CO producing candles, without the soot.
  9. hydestone

    hydestone New Member

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    I will definitely start hanging the laundry in there instead of the basement. That is a nice tip.

    Do any of you use steamers that have a variable output? Mine has a grate like top and I cannot restrict the steam output. I probably should have purchased the kettle type.
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