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Forced Air Option
« on: December 31, 2014, 06:24:04 AM »

For those of you that don't know, Ridgewood is now offering a fan option on their stoves. To retro fit an older stove it's around $250.

If anyone currently has one or is planning on installing one, please let us know how it works.
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Re: Forced Air Option
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2014, 07:09:09 AM »

I would be interested in doing this. did you talk to someone at ridgewood or do they have photos of it some where on there web site?
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Re: Forced Air Option
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2014, 07:37:39 AM »

They have a prototype in the works.  Nothing for sale yet. Craig said call for details
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Re: Forced Air Option
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2014, 07:46:13 AM »

I don't have any issues with just the natural draft, it works fine for me.  I do think that adding the fan option is a good idea though...... give the customers what they want if they want it.  What I would like to see is a setting on the controller that would close the draft door once the stove drops below a low set point, say around 140, to help preserve the coals and heat that are left if you happen to be away for a while or forget to load it. I have a snap disc switch (set to open at 145 degrees) on the copper just before the water to air HX that kills the power to the thermostat that runs the fan in the furnace so it won't deplete all the heat in the water. It basically does the same thing as a Central Boiler thermostatic valve. Then the furnace thermostat takes over when the house drops below 65.
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Re: Forced Air Option
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2014, 08:07:33 AM »

That would be cool. I like the idea of at least having the option. I may have to try it just to see how it works.
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Re: Forced Air Option
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2014, 01:34:14 PM »

What about adding a timer.

They make 6hr, 8hr & 12hr digital timers.
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Re: Forced Air Option
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2014, 01:55:54 PM »

Slim has a way to shut the damper if water gets below 160* or whatever you set it at. It is posted on here somewhere.
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Re: Forced Air Option
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2014, 02:40:48 PM »

I don't have any issues with just the natural draft, it works fine for me.  I do think that adding the fan option is a good idea though...... give the customers what they want if they want it.  What I would like to see is a setting on the controller that would close the draft door once the stove drops below a low set point, say around 140, to help preserve the coals and heat that are left if you happen to be away for a while or forget to load it. I have a snap disc switch (set to open at 145 degrees) on the copper just before the water to air HX that kills the power to the thermostat that runs the fan in the furnace so it won't deplete all the heat in the water. It basically does the same thing as a Central Boiler thermostatic valve. Then the furnace thermostat takes over when the house drops below 65.

Chas, if you put a 140 disk at the boiler and put it in line with the coil for the draft door, you would have what you want, closed under 140.
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Re: Forced Air Option
« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2015, 06:55:23 AM »

I spoke with Ridgewood on Dec. 29th. They made it sound like the option was ready and for sale.
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Re: Forced Air Option
« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2015, 07:58:25 AM »

I don't have any issues with just the natural draft, it works fine for me.  I do think that adding the fan option is a good idea though...... give the customers what they want if they want it.  What I would like to see is a setting on the controller that would close the draft door once the stove drops below a low set point, say around 140, to help preserve the coals and heat that are left if you happen to be away for a while or forget to load it. I have a snap disc switch (set to open at 145 degrees) on the copper just before the water to air HX that kills the power to the thermostat that runs the fan in the furnace so it won't deplete all the heat in the water. It basically does the same thing as a Central Boiler thermostatic valve. Then the furnace thermostat takes over when the house drops below 65.
I have the same  setup on mine.
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Re: Forced Air Option
« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2015, 06:17:39 PM »

I was told it officially released today. 250 bucks. 4 bolts and two wires.
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Re: Forced Air Option
« Reply #11 on: January 01, 2015, 07:21:07 PM »

I would like to see some pics of it. I wonder how it attaches to the door?(self tappers,drilling,ect..)
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Re: Forced Air Option
« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2015, 09:29:22 AM »

Craig said  he's gonna put Some info on there site soon
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Re: Forced Air Option
« Reply #13 on: January 07, 2015, 07:30:59 PM »

I would be very interested in this!  If I pick one up I will post pics.
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Re: Forced Air Option
« Reply #14 on: January 07, 2015, 09:56:21 PM »

Same, Very interested. 
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