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Postby peppercorn » Fri Nov 06, 2015 5:51 am

No category for wood stoves so I will put this here. Lots of people have done this in Alberta (put blower motors on the air supply) I just happen to stop in at a friends while he was building one so I snapped a couple pics.This wood heater is in his garage and its tight for air, and being a old stove it doesn't have a place where you can hook up a fresh air supply.
So my friend built a motorized air supply for his stove out of light gauge box steel.
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Postby peppercorn » Fri Nov 06, 2015 5:53 am

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When put on the stove it stays attached to the door and swings open with it.

I should clarify....the front door piece stays on the door and swings open with it the side piece is fixed to the stove and stays stationary, the two flanged surfaces meet tight when the door is shut guiding the air blown by the motor into the stove.......and for those thinking ahead....yes the motor can be thermostat controlled if you wish
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Re: wood stove

Postby bcprepper1 » Mon Nov 09, 2015 7:35 pm

wouldn't that act more like a forge ,heat up fast possibly over heat the unit and use fuel much faster.
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Postby peppercorn » Tue Nov 10, 2015 5:53 am

He wants the fire to take off fast and trouble free, he does not want to have to dick with it and coax it along for a half hour before it takes off. Its -20 he gets in his garage to do some work at say 7pm, he does not want to wait for a hour, or hour and a half before he can take off his jacket and handle his tools. He will burn a little more wood, but he has no shortage of wood.Time is more valuable for him.
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Postby peppercorn » Wed Nov 18, 2015 7:35 am

I should do a separate post but I will just tag it to this one, same subject anyway. After breaking my stove glass in the downstairs wood stove last year I solved it by putting on two 1/4 inch thick pieces of perf plate, one on the inside and one on the outside. Glass sandwiched inbetween This has worked well and no more worries about breaking the glass. The pieces of pref plate makes a interesting visual pattern but what I notice most is I no longer get smoke deposits on the inside glass, a common problem if you burn your fires low, I used to have to fire up a very hot fire to burn the deposites off but now they don't even form.

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Re: wood stove

Postby thecrownsown » Wed Nov 18, 2015 4:12 pm

I like the idea about a blower to start your wood stove up. Currently...even with a huge basement space and volume of air, I open a window to let air come in just to get it started.. If the furnce happens to turn on, with the return air plenum near by the Wood Stove...I am hard pressed to start the wood stove until it shuts off.

Right now I have a good setup and have learned how to light it...but a blower sounds like it will help a great deal in that critical first 10 minutes to get a good flame going! Especially when the severe cold comes.
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Re: wood stove

Postby Denob » Wed Nov 18, 2015 4:59 pm

I usually just crack the door a bit.
Be careful doing this and keep an eye on it as it can get really hot really fast.
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Postby peppercorn » Wed Nov 18, 2015 6:10 pm

thecrownsown wrote:I like the idea about a blower to start your wood stove up. Currently...even with a huge basement space and volume of air, I open a window to let air come in just to get it started.. If the furnce happens to turn on, with the return air plenum near by the Wood Stove...I am hard pressed to start the wood stove until it shuts off.

Right now I have a good setup and have learned how to light it...but a blower sounds like it will help a great deal in that critical first 10 minutes to get a good flame going! Especially when the severe cold comes.


Its a common complaint, houses are just so tight now days, that stove in the pic has a blower on it, and I run it all the time not just on start up, it does have its own fresh air supply and that made a big difference. There is another way....if your handy... check your pm
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Re: wood stove

Postby peppercorn » Tue Dec 15, 2015 8:29 am

If you heat with wood you will know there are a few short comings, they are minor but still if you can improve it you should. This is the fourth one I know of. I built one for my upstairs stove maybe 8-9 years ago, then one for a niebour, who really wanted one but didn't weld, then a friend seen mine and built one for his basement stove, now I am building one for my downstairs stove.
This is a door extension, the previous ones were a mix of 4 and 6 inch ones but this one is a full 8 inches deep, the deepest I have made so far\\. I have a long way to go but its far enough along if you use your imagination you will see how this works.
When you pull open the door on a wood stove you can sometimes pull out a little smoke at the same time.....I am very sensitive to smoke..allergic almost, even to the smallest amount. These extensions pretty much stop that from happening.

First I build 2 "frames" out of flat bar
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Then if you look at the top of what I am constructing you will notice the steep angle. Imagine the left side mounting to the woodstove where the door goes, the door will now mount on the right side of my construction, and note how the right side has a angle to it, tipped backwards (more about that later). That top wide lip goes in front of the fresh air supply that washes the front door glass. that lip now directs the fresh air supply 90 degrees down as if the door was still closed (even though its now mounted over on the right hand side of my construction and now open, as if I am loading it).

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any wiff of smoke that makes it past the redirected glass wash air, just curls up against this steeply angled piece (such has been my experience) and does not exit the stove (extension). The bottom piece is also angled up but not as steeply, just to keep any ash or embers from falling out of the stove to the floor.
The extension now allows me to load in wood pieces up to 30 inches in length if I wanted. Keeps any smoke inside when opening the door, and who can tell me why you would want a stove with the front angled back as in the pic? anyone?

front view, and in the pics I don't have the side pieces welded on yet, or door pivot pins.
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Re: wood stove

Postby peppercorn » Tue Dec 15, 2015 8:37 am

A better pic showing how what will now be the front is angled backwards, again....anyone know why you might want this feature on a wood stove as opposed to straight up and down as 99% are constructed ?
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