S.O.S. architect

A reader writes to ask a question about the correct way to use a Stove.
“A friend of mine builts Stoves (no doubt about his professional skills) but I need some dispassionate professional opinion. Basically I have two corner rooms that are very cold. The idea is to put the parlor on the ground floor (room not used) and carry all the heat up to the first floor (living room).”
Grundofen – Grundkachelofen (stufa piena) Stufa tradizionale piena (Grundkachelofen)

This is the oldest, works for radiation of thanks to the copious amounts of refractory and ceramics present.
The quality of these stoves is to create a tour of the smoke as long as possible, in proportion to the combustion chamber and the size of the stove.
In this way there is a considerable accumulation of heat that is radiated for much longer (12/24 hours)

Refractory hot air stove

Stufa ad aria calda e giri di fumi in refrattario
Stufa ad aria calda e giri di fumi in refrattario

This stove works for both radiation and convention.
It’s modern, and has a cast iron combustion chamber that provides a fast heating of the air and therefore a reduced time to heat our rooms.

Cast iron hot air stove

Stufa tradizionale piena (Grundkachelofen)
Stufa ad aria calda e giri di fumo in ghisa

This stove works mostly by convention.
The fumes quickly heat the cast iron parts and therefore warms rapidly the space where it is placed.

But in this case, the problem is that our reader wants to heat two rooms with with a single Stove carrying warm air from down to upstairs, it is theoretically possible with an efficient air duct system, but I do not think that a Stove is suitable for this kind of ‘use.
A stuba isn’t the most efficient way to heat distant rooms, but it’s perfect for rooms in which it is placed.
In the case I would recommend to our reader, to placa a stub on every floor or to move towards a stove or fireplace with a modern efficient systems for air circulation.

2 thoughts on “S.O.S. architect

  • Tuesday December 6th, 2011 at 01:48 PM

    Stai usando la parola Stube in modo improprio (e il singolare “stuba” proprio non si può leggere)! Col termine Stube si definiva la “stanza calda”, cioè quella in cui si permaneva durante la gran parte della giornata perché vi era situato l’elemento riscaldante, spesso (ma non sempre) il Kachelofen (dove Kachel è il nome delle particolari piastrelle che li ricoprivano). Quest’ultimo era a volte situato tra due stanze (cucina e soggiorno) per cui effettivamente scaldava due ambienti diversi. Sui lati del Kachelofen si appendeva la biancheria a scaldare e sopra c’erano un paio di posti letto per le nottate più fredde.

  • Tuesday December 6th, 2011 at 01:53 PM

    Allora meglio sostituire Stube con stufe, così non ci sono problemi.


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