I have a client who wants me to install his wood stove in front of his heatilator. Rather than running the stovepipe from the wood stove to the inside of the heatilator and then up the heatilator stack, he wants to put a metal cover on the front of the heatilator and then connect the stovepipe to that.
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I canâ€™t see any way that this could be safe. Any ideas? I have agreed to run the stovepipe into the heatilator stove pipe if he wants me to. He had it hooked up this way before for three years without a problem. I would appreciate your views on that method also.
This person is an elderly gentleman with very strong opinions and I have not been able to convince him that the CO that gathers in the fireplace will not necessarily be sucked out of the heatilator if there is a cover on the front and that it might escape into the room. His goal is to prevent warm air from being sucked out of the room and into the fireplace. I told him this was the one thing that keeps the CO from getting into the room.
Thanks in advance for your opinion and possibly for some logic I can use to convince him of the folly of his idea.