Can I really heat the back bedrooms with a wood stove?

Lemarque

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Jun 7, 2019
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NM
My first post.

We'll be demolishing the fireplace in our mobile home and the local reseller of a major brand wood stove (retired fire chief - if that counts) claims we'll be able to heat most of the house.

My thinking is that the stove, in the living room, would have to be so hot that it would be more than uncomfortable to heat whole the house. Having the stove produce just enough heat so that it's comfortable to be in the living room/dining area seems to me near impossible for that heat to reach the back bedrooms.

Thoughts/suggestions appreciated.

L.
 

bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
21,388
central pa
My first post.

We'll be demolishing the fireplace in our mobile home and the local reseller of a major brand wood stove (retired fire chief - if that counts) claims we'll be able to heat most of the house.

My thinking is that the stove, in the living room, would have to be so hot that it would be more than uncomfortable to heat whole the house. Having the stove produce just enough heat so that it's comfortable to be in the living room/dining area seems to me near impossible for that heat to reach the back bedrooms.

Thoughts/suggestions appreciated.

L.
Yes it is absolutely possible. And yes the living room is going to be much warmer than the back bedrooms. You will probably have to use a fan or 2 to push cool are from the bedrooms toward the stove
 

Lemarque

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Jun 7, 2019
3
NM
Yes it is absolutely possible. And yes the living room is going to be much warmer than the back bedrooms. You will probably have to use a fan or 2 to push cool are from the bedrooms toward the stove
Thanks for the reply. Clarification please.

"push cool *air from the bedrooms toward the stove"

Wouldn't I push warm air from the living area to the bedrooms?
 
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Highbeam

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Dec 28, 2006
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Mt. Rainier Foothills, WA
It is absolutely possible to heat the whole thing with a stove. You will have a variation in temperature from room to room. This variation is actually one of the more pleasant side effects of heating the whole house from one room. I have a long skinny house that is shaped like a double wide mobile. Heater in the middle. Even when the outside temperatures are in the single digits with wind the far bedrooms are only about 10 degrees cooler than the stove room.

Your fire chief was right.
 
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bholler

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Thanks for the reply. Clarification please.

"push cool *air from the bedrooms toward the stove"

Wouldn't I push warm air from the living area to the bedrooms?
Nope it works better to push the cooler air along the floor toward the stove. It crates a loop forcing warm air to replace that cooler air.
 

Ludlow

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Jun 4, 2018
1,415
PA
The use of an outside air kit will help that, as well as a fan on the floor of the hallway pushing toward stove as mentioned.
 

jetsam

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Ask yourself how much you're willing to have the back bedroom doors open.

If doors have to be closed due to your living situation, the closed rooms aren't getting heated. Otherwise, what bholler said (floor fans).

My bedroom is furthest from my wood stove. I close the door all winter and my wife opens it back up again every night. ;lol
 
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Highbeam

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Dec 28, 2006
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Ask yourself how much you're willing to have the back bedroom doors open.

If doors have to be closed due to your living situation, the closed rooms aren't getting heated. Otherwise, what bholler said (floor fans).

My bedroom is furthest from my wood stove. I close the door all winter and my wife opens it back up again every night. ;lol
Good point, we’re open door people. All interior doors all the time unless you have a need to temporarily close it.

No fans needed that way. Who wants to trip over and listen to fans?
 

billb3

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Dec 14, 2007
4,669
SE Mass
My first post.


My thinking is that the stove, in the living room, would have to be so hot that it would be more than uncomfortable to heat whole the house. Having the stove produce just enough heat so that it's comfortable to be in the living room/dining area seems to me near impossible for that heat to reach the back bedrooms.

Thoughts/suggestions appreciated.

L.
It sounds like you are entertaining a fantasy based on no facts to support not having a wood stove.
If you don't want a wood stove or the little bit of effort needed to support it, don't do it.
 

Lemarque

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Jun 7, 2019
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NM
It sounds like you are entertaining a fantasy based on no facts to support not having a wood stove.
If you don't want a wood stove or the little bit of effort needed to support it, don't do it.
Are you sure you're responding to the correct post? Where does 'fantasy' come in to play? FWIW, I do have a stove in my man cave. But anyway, chose this one:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Drolet-Escape-1800-Wood-Stove-2100-sq-ft-on-Pedestal-EPA-Certified-DB03102/302362904
 
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Dix

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Are you sure you're responding to the correct post? Where does 'fantasy' come in to play? FWIW, I do have a stove in my man cave. But anyway, chose this one:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Drolet-Escape-1800-Wood-Stove-2100-sq-ft-on-Pedestal-EPA-Certified-DB03102/302362904

Nice call on the bigger firebox, it will not disappoint !!

Yes, fans blowing to the stove from the back end of the house. Cold air sinks, heat rises. Push the cooler air to the stove, where it will heat, and rise.... eventually you are pushing warmer air :)

Welcome to the forums !!
 
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ColdNorCal

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Mar 6, 2018
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Nor Cal
Are you sure you're responding to the correct post? Where does 'fantasy' come in to play? FWIW, I do have a stove in my man cave. But anyway, chose this one:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Drolet-Escape-1800-Wood-Stove-2100-sq-ft-on-Pedestal-EPA-Certified-DB03102/302362904
Nice choice. Those are 2020 compliant and have been for a few months.

Placing a fan on the floor, pointing out the bedroom door, actually works very good. It pushes cold air out and it is replaced by warm air. You can feel the warm air entering the room by placing you hand at the top of the door way.
 

xman23

Minister of Fire
Oct 7, 2008
2,080
Lackawaxen PA
As much as moving air as mentioned, the issue with rooms far away from the stove is the insulation. With enough insulation in those rooms they can be easy to heat. If not insulated well and i'm assuming open space underneath it may be real hard to heat.
 

Sawset

Minister of Fire
Feb 14, 2015
887
Palmyra, WI
Air won't move without a temperature difference. If you're ok with that, then, sure the back rooms can be "heated". If the place is well insulated, then the difference will be slight, and the air flow effective - the air will stay relatively warm on it's way. No insulation - lots of air flow, but will cool by the time it gets there - so less effective. Assume a 5 to 20deg difference between rooms 50 ft out or so, depending on insulation. Inducing the draft with fans may help with that, or may not help enough to be worth the extra effort.
 

Ludlow

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Jun 4, 2018
1,415
PA
Another vote on placing a fan on the floor. The cold air is much easier to move than warm air.
It is already moving in that direction, so yes its easier to help it along.
 

xman23

Minister of Fire
Oct 7, 2008
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Lackawaxen PA
My comment on the value of good insulation, might be misunderstood. It's hard enough to get enough air moving. But when the heat is going right out the rooms exterior walls, it takes just that much more to heat the room. And your only moving room temp air to heat the cold leaky room.

I to have those back bedrooms. And we use a box fan on the floor to pull the cold air out. This causes a negative pressure in the room, and the hot air flows back in above the fan. Actually quite a wind storm when the rooms cold. Because the room has good insulation, normally its only about 5 degrees lower than the stove room.
 

blades

Minister of Fire
Nov 23, 2008
3,456
WI, Leroy
so what is your layout like - how old is the MH? I had an 1980 MH multiple deficiencies , so It really would not be a fair comparison , bedrooms one end living room other kitchen in middle stove in kitchen area so it was kitchen bedroom furnace bath bedroom as you walked down the hall, across from the bath was washer/dryer bedroom closet had water heater in it . in mine that last bedroom was a bugger to get heat into. leaky Alum. windows not much insulation ( outside walls only 2" thick) old metal round top roof type. It was all I could afford after being cleaned out in a divorce.