Phil Stevens wrote:Please don't do this. Read Erica's recent post on How Chimneys Work, for starters. If you scavenge too much heat from the flue gases, they become too cool and dense to maintain draft. Glowing coals are still burning, and what they are producing tends to be high in CO. If the draft stops/reverses, you've now got a very efficient carbon monoxide generator pumping the stuff into your living space.
If you want a masonry stove or RMH, by all means build one. But don't try to make a standard wood stove act like one by defeating a critical design element. Safety first.
Karen Donnachaidh wrote:Kind of like an add-on wood stove without the blower? Or am I way off?
Karen Donnachaidh wrote:Don't throw in the towel. Head back to the drawing board. You may come up with something great yet. Not everyone could come up with the design you had initially. Keep working on it.
stephen lowe wrote:I know that some people use a small fan placed in the opposite corner of the space from the stove that draws air down a pipe from the ceiling and blows it out along the floor, in my experience this better air circulation does more to enhance the efficiency of wood heat than anything else.
David Livingston wrote:One thing I have seen in very old houses ( ie 15th centuary ) is that in the ceiling of the living room was a trap door to let the warm air rise into the " master" bed room when people retired for the night .
servants and children just got cold rooms :-(