New Pellet stove- air circulation-Help

littlejay_vw Posted By littlejay_vw, Nov 7, 2018 at 11:57 AM

  1. littlejay_vw

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    Just got my new pellet stove 3 weeks ago, A Comfortbilt Hp50 44,00 BTU. My house is 16,00 sft. This site has been great for me. On how to install, what type of pellets and just general knowledge. I'm having the typical problem of the stove room being almost 80 degrees and the rest of the house being 65 degrees. I have research ALOT on here. I understand I need to circulate the air around to get a better constant heat. I have been experimenting with box fans and ceiling fans. It has helped a little bit, but not as much as I expected. Also the whole point was to save on heating costs and make it warmer throughout the house. With 2 box fans and a ceiling fan going in the doorways facing the stove and adjoining room facing out of the room, seems like I'm going to be spending more $ on electric due to fans and they are an eyesore and somewhat of a hazard. Looking for ideas.

    My stove is in a living room, I basically have two adjoining living rooms with a huge archway. The wall was taken out between them. I am pushing colder floor are at the stove. and using a ceiling fan pushing the heat up to circulate. Pretty much open floor plan on first level. With a addition o off the back through the gally kitchen to a family/dining room. Only getting i tot go up 1 degree there. All bedrooms are upstairs. The stairway is adjoining to the Stove room. I can feel warmer air going up the staircase due to the ceiling fan in the stove room. But 1-2 degree improvement up stairs.

    Without cutting vents in the ceiling from first floor to the second, going into the bedroom. I understand that will let the heat raise up to the bedrooms but here in Upstate NY, that is against code and a fire hazard and will increase noise between floor. Also been looking at those "corner-doorway fans". to circulate the warm air at top of the large archways pushing warmer air out of those room and into kitchen in one direction and out towards the staircase. Those fans seem like $30-$70 and i would need 6 or so.and wiring would look a little strange. Don't know if they even help, but would seem to circulate air. All while pushing cold at at the stove. Even looked into in-wall fan powered vents instead. but would have t power them and cut into walls.
    Feeling a little discouraged, Stove woks great. Puts out a lot of heat has setting 1-5. I start it up on 3 and then basically turn it down to 1 as the 2 living rooms heat up to 78 degrees in about an hour or so. Bu the back room and upstairs are still 64. I was hoping to heat up my whole house with this pellet stove and not use my furnace much at all. But seem to be in 2 out of the 3 zones. One being upstairs and one being back/family room.

    Anyone have any other ideas? Do these doorway fans work? are they work installing 6 of them? cutting vents into my 2nd floor floors for the bedrooms? If i do the vents with can get involved. I still have to figure out how to get colder air back down to circulate without having another fan at the top of the stairs. Kinda feeling like I should've put that $ into a high efficient natural gas furnace and turned the heat up more and still saved $. I want to like this new Pellet stove. I do, just frustrated.
     
  2. Alisajg16

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    Hi! I’m having a similar issue but in a one level 1,100sf house with a new stove. What I have done to get the back rooms warmer is: turn my stove to room temperature mode at ~75 degrees (heats the room up to ~80 degrees); turn my heat pump on to 68 degrees (heat) and the fans to “on”; run for about 30 minutes; turn off heat pump and its fans; turn on my doorway/corner fans for continued circulation. Once I get the temperature where I want it, I turn the stove down to 70 degrees and it stays pretty even for several hours.

    I’m interested to see what others have to say.
     
  3. Dataman

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    I use couple of box fans, if it's too cold in that far room I put in space heater (oil filled). Heat Pump/AC fan does not do much. You have to heat the room with pellet stove warmer than you want sometimes.
     
  4. johneh

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    I think the first thing you have to remember is that a pellet
    Stove is a space heater not a furnace . don't expect the same results as
    furnace or any heating source that moves air through duct work
     
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    I have been reading about others doing what you said with your heating system and using it on "FAN ONLY" to push the heat around. I think it is a great idea and should work well. Bummer for me is that my Heating system is natural gas- heats hot water and I have radiators. So, no "fan only" mode as I don't have a forced air system, Believe me , I sometimes wish I did.
     
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    Yeah, you are correct. I was just thinking it would work in my smaller house as I heard of it working in others.
     
  7. FirepotPete

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    Conventional wisdom says to do this in the winter. But that's with conventional types of heat in a house. You might try reversing it to blow down. The stove in a room is going to build up a lot more heat than any conventional type of heat, it's hotter to begin with and you are already blowing cool air into that room along the floor.

    Mixing it that way might give you a better draft towards the rooms, you'll have to try it to find out. I run mine blowing down but the main reason is I have a staircase on the opposite side of the room where the stove is. If I don't do that all the heat blasts upstairs.

    Try it on different speeds, leave it for an hour or two before changing speeds and see if it makes it better, worse, or no difference. A thermometer that can be moved around will help you see if it is making a difference.
     
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    I agree. I found that pushing ceiling air down with the ceiling fan warmed the whole room. Put a digital indoor thermometer in various places to see where the temp starts and ends with fans going in both directions. This a way to check what works best for you.
     
  9. littlejay_vw

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    Great Idea, I believe I have tried this.I have tried a lot of different fanning techniques. I need to leave it for a couple hours before messing with it again.
     
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    Ya these stoves are not forced air, it takes awhile for changes to show up.
     
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