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Why waste free heat?
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DeadCarp    Posted 01-24-2003 at 12:52:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
About this time of year we tend to develop a fondness for warm things, and i imagine quite a few folks are still venting their clothes dryers outdoors. Well, the leftover air's free, money's already spent - why not undo the flexie hose, slip a nylon over the end for a lint filter, flop it on the floor and let it help keep the house warm? Heck, we do - smells nice too! :)

Spence    Posted 01-24-2003 at 16:59:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes, I know some people that do. It helps out when heating with wood as wood heat tends to dry out the house. My humidity is 40% which is a bit low. Good idea, but I get enough dust with the stove so the nylon has got to be good.

Slo    Posted 01-24-2003 at 17:29:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Heating with wood doesn't dry out the house as much as other sources of heat. Unless you are using kiln dried scraps, your firewood will be at least 20% moisture content on an oven-dry basis, unless you live in an arid region. Most firewood is still upwards of 40% moisture content. That is why homes that are heated with wood are more comfortable at lower temperatures than homes with electric heat. Electric heat adds no moisture with the increased temperature, and thus feels cold due to the low relative humidity.

You should still add some moisture to the air to maintain a comfortable humidity level. It will also help your wood floors, mouldings, doors, and furniture to maintain is shape as the wood isn't shrinking as much due to the lower humidity levels. Shrinking and swelling of the wood leads to all sorts of issues. Cabinets don't have the fit, doors shrink, floors move, piano's get out of tune, etc. A humidifier is a great thing in the winter. Or at least a couple of coffee cans of water on top of the stove.

Lynch in E.TX    Posted 01-24-2003 at 14:13:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Knew folks that did that in Oregon. We didn't cuz the dryer was in the basement and the basement was stayed warm anyway with 2 bedrooms down there. Lynch

Fawteen    Posted 01-24-2003 at 13:48:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
The point made below about moisture is a good one. As a happy medium, I use 4" metal ducting with elbows (not the expandible/accordion type) rather than plastic. My dryer is in the basement, and the pipe is about 6 or 7 feet long before it goes outside. The metal holds and radiates some of the heat, and all the moisture and lint is exhausted outside. Also, smooth-wall metal duct is MUCH less likely to trap lint and cause a dryer fire.

bob ny    Posted 01-24-2003 at 13:21:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
fine for electric bot not for gas

RayP(MI)    Posted 01-24-2003 at 17:55:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Bob is right, gas dryers need to be vented - to prevent the build up of unwanted byproducts of burning the gas. Carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide to mention a couple. People don't do well breathing either! What I was wondering the other day, was if I could put one of those heat reclaimers like folks put in their wood stove smoke-stack pipes, in my dryer vent pipe. Seems like it would work. Could probably rig the fan motor to run along with the dryer motor.

Ludwig    Posted 01-25-2003 at 07:02:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yup, should work. Just make sure you've got a drain for the moisture was mentioned earlier.
My friend tried a big old hunk of iron he had lying around. Ran the hose through it. Through a load of laundry the iron got quite warm, then it'd release the heat for hours. Unfortunately the moisture was left in the hose, particularly around where the iron was.
Finally we put a small dip right after the dryer and installed a small hose leading to a bucket. The water falls to the lowest point (usually after the dryer is done) and then drains into the bucket. Very little air comes out, but he has an electric dryer anyway. If you had a gas one I'd say put a valve in and drain after the load was done.

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yabut    Posted 01-24-2003 at 13:20:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
what do ya do about the moistur not supposed to have a house full of that in the winter are ya

DeadCarp    Posted 01-24-2003 at 14:43:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Reckon moisture depends on where you are and how snug your place is - up here with heaters always running, the house tends to get dry enough to aggravate morning nosebleeds. In fact if one adds moisture to the air, it also helps to seal leaks inside the walls, that's why it's often cheaper and easier to heat in mid-winter than at first in the fall. Think of a leaky uninsulated barn with (livestock-breath-furnished) frost all over the walls. :)

Salmoneye    Posted 01-24-2003 at 14:57:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm doing a gallon of water or more a day on the woodstove...Still not enough...

Greg-VT    Posted 01-24-2003 at 13:46:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Don't know where you are but around here, with the wood stove burning 24/7 and the low humidity that comes along with the frigid temps a little extra moisture in the house feels real good on the sinuses.

Salmoneye    Posted 01-24-2003 at 13:20:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What dryer?

Les    Posted 01-24-2003 at 14:03:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Like Salmoneye said.

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