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Forum topic by Raymond posted 12-02-2010 11:27 PM 1169 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-02-2010 11:27 PM

How do you control the humidity in your shops?
In my basement shop humidity varies according to the season. And now that we are in the heating season and we heat with wood pellets, it is very dry. This is very frustrating. A project that I have been working on for some time has shrunk, parts don’t fit well anymore and gaps have opened up in the joints.
I try to keep my part of the basement at around 70, but since our new pellet stove is in the next room and it puts out 240,000 BTUs it is very difficult to regulate the tempurature in my shop. The pellet stove is on a thermostat but that is upstairs on the main floor, and my wife and dog (weiner dog) like the house at 75 degrees. You can imagine that the basement gets to 85 plus before the upstairs gets to 75. I end up opening a window in the basement to keep my work area liveable. On the plus side when I apply finish to a project it drys almost imediatly. On and glue cures very fast.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

-- Ray

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#1 posted 12-03-2010 12:35 AM

Try setting 2-3 5 gal. buckets of water in the room with the pellet stove and see if that helps. As kickback said a humidifier would also put moisture back in the shop. Sounds like you might want to get a humidity gauge to keep your eye on the humidity levels in the shop. That will help you to maintain a constant humidity level in the shop. Now would be a good time to dry green lumber in the pellet stove room. LOL

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#2 posted 12-03-2010 04:43 PM

Is your pellet stove bringing in air from outside? Some have a cold air supply from outside for the combustion chamber, which greatly alleviates the dryness problem. The problem you are having sounds like you are burning warm moist house air and cold dry air is filtering in fromthe many leaks in the average house, dropping your relative humidity. The humidifier and buckets of water will help, but if you can route the cold air right to the stove it will ease the drying and also reduce the ‘draftiness’ of the house

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#3 posted 12-03-2010 07:58 PM

Cold air intake. I will route that from the outside tonight. Great Idea

-- Ray

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