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Woodfire heater on ground floor of two storey house

ProjectPete
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Woodfire heater on ground floor of two storey house

Hi all, I'm currently designing a two storey house to commence building in the next 6 months. I want to have a woodfire heater on the ground floor in the living area.

 

I wondering if anyone has done this either pre or post build of a two storey.

 

If doing pre-build do you just leave provisioning for the flue to exit out the house through the wall the heater backs on to so it angles upward through the wall then runs up the outsid eof the house?

 

I want to avoid extra/unnecessary work by doing it post-build.

 

TIA

Johnnynl
Junior Contributor

Re: Woodfire heater on ground floor of two storey house

Great way to heat top floor with little waste energy @ProjectPete , I had in a house many years ago, on a ground floor in centre of building, so it had some issues finding the best position airflow wise, up the stairway which was also central without the flue popping up in a weird position on the top floor, so yes I would suggest you allow for it prebuild, keeping in mind whatever your local building/fire  regulations require there in Aus, but the flue will need to go up n through the top floor somewhere so build it into your design, even if you dont put it in straight away, If you cant put it central and its placed on outside walls you might have to also allow for some ventilation /extraction systems to take it out of the downstairs and distributed upstairs. 

Downstairs central worked well with normal airflow moving it up the  central stairs and bleeding into all surrounding rooms upstairs. but you will need to keep in mind where your flue will appear upstairs on its way out the roof

Cheers
Johnny
ProjectPete
Valued Contributor

Re: Woodfire heater on ground floor of two storey house

Quick update on this one. We're now likely to install the woodfire heater in the Retreat on first floor rather than Living on ground.

 

Pros

  • Better utilisation - if it's cold we'll likely be comfy upstairs where all bedrooms and Retreat are located.
  • More effective heating - as above and it'll also mean the heat is being generated on the same level as the rooms we'll be sleeping (coldest part of the day/night) rather than relying on heat rising.

Cons

  • Loss of feature - less people will see it as a statement piece (original plan was for a 10k full integrated setup.

So we think we can live with that one con

BIM_Engineer
Valued Contributor

Re: Woodfire heater on ground floor of two storey house

@ProjectPete
You will need to make sure the Heavy Wood fire heater location isn't an after thought
The slab will need to be reinforced accordingly.
ProjectPete
Valued Contributor

Re: Woodfire heater on ground floor of two storey house

Absolutely @BIM_Engineer and thanks for the reminder

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