Wood fired, make up air system

mr.fixit Posted By mr.fixit, Nov 15, 2012 at 8:55 PM

  1. mr.fixit

    Feeling the Heat 2.

    Dec 27, 2009
    west central wi.
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    In the cold months,the exhaust fan in the one shop building would pull to much cold air into the room and it was hard to get anything to dry decent.

    I recently rigged up this make up air heater to take the edge off the fresh air that is drawn in.The water to air HX is mounted in an opening in the wall opposite the exhaust fan.When the exhaust is turned on,it pulls nice warm air in thru the coil.

    I used a undersized(judging from the physical size,just a guess)flat plate HX with antifreeze in the coil loop.Wasn't sure if the flat plate would do the job,as it was a ebay cheapie,but it really works excellent.

    The whole system works better than expected,and really maintains room temp while still exhausting air.The real test will be how it works at colder outside temps.

    The one drawback is,it takes some extra wood in the boiler if used alot.
  2. jebatty

    Minister of Fire 2.

    Jan 1, 2008
    Northern MN
    Another useful idea. Make-up air will always use more wood btu's because the cold outside air needs to be heated somewhere. You might have seen my solution. Combustion Make-up Air I don't even feel the cold outside air coming through the window in my shop, even with -30F outside, which is on a wall opposite to the boiler and is 8 feet off the floor. Linear actuators are available for almost any pull/push length.

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