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I want a special kind of wood burning stove I cant seem to find for my application. I am wondering if anyone has ever seen one. And if not, through your experience you might share a model or two I can possibly modify as I am handy that way.
I have a large room, about 25' x 35'. I want a wood burining stove right in the center of the room to radiate heat out 360 degrees with a blower motor or motor(s) installed to blow the hot air in the same 360 degree circumfrance.
Have you ever seen one, do you have any Ideas?
I prefer a round style stove almost like you would see in an old caboose, but the fire box (excuse my incorrect terminology) would be self contained with an exterior case for the blower air to run through.
I currently have a 'Country" wood burning fireplace insert Ive had for 20 years. I like how the blower heats the room quickly and I can trim the air going into the fire to maximize the burning wood.
I would like the stove to have those charachteristics also.
I would think you would have to get that custom made, or make it yourself. It would have such a limited market that to produce it, and make it UL rated, the number of units sold would be so low it would be unfeasible.
I did something similar with a pot bellied stove years ago, but it did not contain the blower to heat the room, it drew in air from the outside and directly into the firebox. In my application it was overkill and I went to a bimetal draft control that worked much better. I am sure you have seen them. The bimetal spring gets warmed by the wood stove and so the draft door shuts closing off the air and damping down the fire, but if it gets too cool it opens the draft door back up and the fire takes off again. You set it with a control knob and it worked perfectly. No electricity and so simple it worked automatically.
I have no recommendation for the room blower. It would be easy enough to fabricate, but I am not sure about how it would look.
Myself, I went in a much different direction than what you propose, but it is neither right nor wrong, just different. In that case I surrounded my stove (a pot bellied stove) with 1-1/2 tons of rock. That was used as a heat sink and helped to even out the temperature fluctuations of the stove. It worked extremely well and would work well in your room. I say that because my kitchen is 24 x 40, about the same as yours.
As for stoves, I like pot bellied stoves but round stoves abound especially in old wood stove shops. You can find many round ones known as base burners in both wood and coal variations, or known loosely as parlor stoves.
I was thinking you could use pretty much any style of free standing stove, run the chimney up a few feet from center, and put a ceiling fan over it to force air down/up-out from the fan. Down would heat the middle more, up-out would heat the walls area more
either way, you'd have ample air movement and your room would be very warm.
posted 1 year ago
Thank you guys for the great ideas.
I like the ceiling fan idea. The rising heat would be well dispersed by the fan and the fan could be utilized for air circulation on warm days.
great ideas! Thanks!,
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