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  1. laynes69

    new Vapor Fire 100 with very poor heat

    Have you covered the baro with foil and mentioned? While I think a baro is a good idea, I dont feel they are always necessary. In your case...I dont know if one is necessary. The furnace should be able to control the fire with the computer.
  2. laynes69

    new Vapor Fire 100 with very poor heat

    I'll say it this way. We had a blower door test done on our home about 8 years ago on our 150 year old home. At the same time our neighbors in their 3 year old home were complaining about high energy bills. In the end our home was much tighter than the new home. While a home can be well...
  3. laynes69

    new Vapor Fire 100 with very poor heat

    I would recommend a home energy audit before placing blame on a unit. The only reason I say that is I had the exact same problem you're having....just to find out my home was leaking air like crazy. The old clayton (hotblast in my case) was just a bandaid to the problem. Not only did I cut wood...
  4. laynes69

    Considering a used Caddy Furnace

    I wouldn't hesitate to purchase the furnace and install in series. No dampers in the system and if the fire dies...the central furnace would automatically kick in. The furnace looks clean and for $1000, that's a good deal. With a new home...a Caddy would be a good match.
  5. laynes69

    Series Install Ductwork and Wiring / Cutting up new Hotblast

    The more I think about it....I think I took the power away from the limit/control. The 2 wires would complete the circuit and trigger the control board on the central furnace to run. I do have a 2 speed limit control on my woodfurnace...however with the low speed running it's hard to get...
  6. laynes69

    Series Install Ductwork and Wiring / Cutting up new Hotblast

    Unfortunately it's been too long since I had my old furnace in series. I did exactly what you want to do...I removed the jumper on the limit/control and ran 2 wires to the board of the central furnace. When the woodfurnace would get hot...the limit control would activate and charge the forced...
  7. laynes69

    Mojappa's Drolet Heatpack Adventure

    Work on buttoning up your home. Whether its airsealing or insulation....anything you do will make a world of difference. Yesterday for example it was in the mid 30's and windy. I was working on electrical and drywall so I wasn't paying attention to the furnace. The blower was kicking on every 30...
  8. laynes69

    New Drolet furnaces?

    I think SBI has been looking at active controls for years...they just choose not to put them into production. With tighter regulations...it's eventually going to happen. I'm okay with it too.
  9. laynes69

    Woodchuck 2900 Help!

    So yes....800 is from high draft. Your grossly oversized with the woodfurnace (the radiant heat should heat the basement alone). When you say the blower wont shut off above 160, is this the forced draft blower or the circulation blower (little or big)? Also 200 is awfully low for a furnace like...
  10. laynes69

    Woodchuck 2900 Help!

    Well to test the thermostat, he could turn it up without wood and if forced draft, watch it come on and shut off when the temperature is lowered. Also it's possible of too much air to initially charge the load to the point it just taking off. Lots of possibilities. Many people think a...
  11. laynes69

    Woodchuck 2900 Help!

    The thermostat only controls the damper on the furnace (or draft blower). If wood is burning in the furnace...the blower is going to run. Otherwise....the furnace would overheat since there's an air jacket around the firebox. One issue as mentioned sounds like an overdraft. Most of the older...
  12. laynes69

    Plumbing layout

    Originally the well company set the pressure at 60lbs, which made a huge difference, but I bumped it to 70lbs. I thought the same thing about things going south, but the ol copper pipes took the beating. What I've noticed since the sizing increase and pump, our washer takes half the time, our...
  13. laynes69

    Plumbing layout

    Well I'm done! What a difference! I flushed the toilet, ran the vanity sink, had the shower going and zero difference. I can't even believe it.
  14. laynes69

    Plumbing layout

    Trust me, I understand lol. From the 4 hours I spent yesterday, I had one leak and that was at the shark bite right after the pressure tank. It was there from the well company so I decided to use it. I don't think I had it in enough, but now it's fixed.
  15. laynes69

    Plumbing layout

    Flow, and I'm a bit oldschool. The existing pex portion the well company installed was 3/4. The I'd was about 1/2 inch. Since I already have copper on the entire system, it's not too bad of a project. I bought 10 sticks of copper, and the valves and fittings total came to around $350. While I...
  16. laynes69

    Plumbing layout

    So after much debate, I decided to run 3/4 copper mains and branch off to each fixture with 1/2 inch. I'm a partial of the way done and I've noticed a difference already. Unfortunately the increased volume has been making my water cloudy and as I suspected, more gunk from the softener. While the...
  17. laynes69

    Plumbing layout

    We were there for a number of years! I think 35 or 40 was our highest prior. Previously, if we ran the washer, we had no water elsewhere. If I opened a faucet while the washer was running, we would lose water. Now, just a few minutes ago my son was in the shower and I was running a load in the...
  18. laynes69

    Plumbing layout

    Our lowest pressure is 45 and it tops at 70 from the well. Theres many restrictions on the lines and the laundry and tub share both hot and cold from a 1/2 line. I suspect if the reductions are taken away, we probably wouldn't have many issues.
  19. laynes69

    Plumbing layout

    What type of plumbing are you running?
  20. laynes69

    Plumbing layout

    Within the last few months, we had our old jet pump replaced with a submersible. Our pressures shot up, and everything has been good. The current issue is we have a plumbing nightmare. Mismatched lines (1/2" main to 3/8 on hot line) and we lose pressure since everything is basically shared with...
  21. laynes69

    Looking into a new wood furnace.

    While an all in one option sounds appealing, I would opt for a high efficiency furnace and a separate woodfurnace. Either both installed in series or parallel. That way you get the best of both worlds. We have a 90% LP furnace, and a Caddy. Around here, we pay about 12 cents per KWH, and the LP...
  22. laynes69

    Everything Drolet Tundra - Heatmax...

    I saw the post for this furnace.....looking at the other pictures, it was probably burned with unseasoned wood and an oversized chimney. Don't know what generation the furnace is, however I doubt it's been burned hot enough to cause any damage. No wonder they switched and moved to pellets...lol.
  23. laynes69

    Uh oh...what's this?!

    Yeah, it was 77 in our house yesterday lol. I'm back to small fires.
  24. laynes69

    Firechief 1700

    I agree! That's where modern furnaces with a good heat exchanger will extract more heat. With our old furnace, output was poor at best on coals.
  25. laynes69

    Uh oh...what's this?!

    I cheated and turned on my LP for about 5 minutes. Took the house up 2 degrees. Its -5 here now and it's been 70-71 in the house all day, but with the wind feels a little chilly. My lp furnace is oversized now that we have tightened up the house, so by the time the furnace blower kicks off, the...
  26. laynes69

    Froth pak questions

    We dont have sill plates, but large beams. They are warm to the touch, so maybe that would help?
  27. laynes69

    Blowers or no blowers?

    What I meant by that was down the road, a new furnace with plenum larger blower will allow for more heat to be distributed into the home. I wouldn't modify what you have now.
  28. laynes69

    Froth pak questions

    Lol! I panicked to say the least! I'm not a big guy, and I was pretty much in the fetal position in the corner of the room with nowhere to go, but up and out. Here is a pic of permanent marks from the foam and dirt, they are on both the washer and dryer lol. It was on my skin for over a month...
  29. laynes69

    Blowers or no blowers?

    Get a magnetic thermometer and put it above the loading door. Shoot for about 400 degrees or so and she should cook! Those furnaces are much more forgiving with sub seasoned wood that's for sure!
  30. laynes69

    Blowers or no blowers?

    Yeah there's a few of us within 45 minutes or so from each other.