i just purchased a wood burning furnace that is designed to tie into and su
pplement the main furnace which in my case is a geothermal unit.
after spending a few days reading about "best practices" with respect to th
e setup of the exhaust pipe, i'm planning to:
1. have the total length of the exhaust pipe approximately 30 ft - i've rea
d more is better then less. 30 ft happens to be what i need.
2. have the top of the exhaust pipe exiting out of the roof near the roof's
highest point and then extending the pipe 2-3 ft higher - read that this i
s optimal with respect to how wind can cause back drafting.
3. have the exhaust pipe routed thru the house rather than in a chase outsi
de where the temp of the exhaust pipe would be significantly lowered - i've
read that the lower the exhaust pipe temp, the less draft u have.
4. have the exhaust pipe exiting the wood furnace straight up for nearly 20
ft before hitting any bends in its path
5. have the exhaust pipe made of Class A, triple wall ($50/ft, yikes!) insu
lated pipe that requires only a 2 inch spacing from combustibles
everything i listed above is supposed to help with the draft. my question c
omes at point #4 above. at around 20 ft up the exhaust pipe i would like to
bend 90 degrees then travel horizontally around 2 ft then bend another 90
degrees then straight up for the balance of the run.
many setups have an elbow near the furnace then another to get into the chi
mney chase. my concern is that having these 2 elbows so far from the furnac
e itself is somehow more detrimental to drafting vs having them right near
the furnace and so that creosote may build up near these 2 elbows and will
be difficult to access for cleaning so will possibly increase the chances o
f a chimney fire over time.
please share any experiences/thoughts u have on the subjects touched here.