With a lot of cold stack above the stove, it's easy to
imagine having a cold down draft. I doubt that a draft
inducer fan is possible. Between having uncertain
combustion air, and cold down pressure, it's got to be hard
to make the stove work.
That's not a problem with the stove and won't be overcome by anything that
needs a chimney. The basic problem is that you have a negative relative air
pressure in the basement, which pulls air IN through any opening that
Occupied quarters require a positive air pressure difference in order to
push gases out, not pull them in.
The solution could be as simple as giving that fireplace an opening to
get outside air or as complex as a redesign of the whole house's venting
system overall, or anything in between like a mislocation of the chimney w/r
to prevailing winds and air deflection from the roof.
With the info given and my small experience I couldn't hazard a guess, but
I'll guess some here can. Or did? I'm not about to sort thru all those "me
too" posts to see<g>.
At any rate, without a positive air differential, no chimney is going
tooperate properly and another source wouldn't be the answer, depending on
how stiff the backdraft is.
I'd be looking into the pressure differentials, especially if that negative
is typical throughout the house, which is likely. Cooking smells must linger
Right; and a smoldering fire could kill everyone silently.
Perhaps, but every nook and cranny of the basement that passes any outside
air at all will still be pulling in, and heating, cold air for no good
Wick? I'd advise against that for anything you want to run for long periods
of time. Lots of gases collection.
Propane or NG much better unless I misunderstand what you mean.
But ... what's to remove the combustion gases from the house? With negative
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