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A follow-up question on the woodstove/brick hearth

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Posted by Paula on May 28, 2003 at 06:38:38 from (

Thanks to the great information I got my first time
posting, I've decided to make the wall behind the
woodstove all brick (instead of just raising the hearth 6'
up the back wall). To take advantage of the high
thermal mass of the brick I'll also remove the heat
shields at the back and beneath the stove. The builder
says that for a brick wall that height (12') it has to be
built double. So that got me to thinking:

-if I leave a space between the two brick walls, put a
cold air register at the bottom of the space on the
woodstove side and hot air registers high on the wall
on both sides of the brick (the back side is the powder
room wall), then shouldn't I increase the efficiency of
the woodstove by creating a current of air (cold air
comes in the bottom of the space, the high thermal
mass heats the air in the gap the hot air rises and goes
out the upper registers)? Or am I taking away efficiency
by allowing the gap (not a very wide gap - just a few
inches) and should let the two layers of brick touch
each other to increase radiant heating?


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