I have a house with a forced air electric furnace.
We've also got a wood-burning stove adjacent to the furnace. I didn't have it installed, and I want to understand if it's been done properly, and how to use it properly. The house is on a big plot of land and there's plenty of hardwood available for use in the stove.
Right now the hot air duct out of the wood stove is connected to the return air duct that leads IN to the electric furnace.
Q1: Does this sound right?
Q2: is it possible for me to use the wall thermostat in the house to effectively control the heat? how? How would I wire it?
The problem is, there's no on/off switch for a wood stove. If I stoke the fire, it will stay on and hot for hours. Assuming the blower in the wood stove blows while it is hot (I have a separate question on that), and the warmed air is going directly into the electric furnace, will the electric furnace now detect that there is warm air in its plenum, and turn on its blower?
In that case, should I expect the fan in the electric furnace to run more or less for the entire time the wood inside the stove is burning?
What's the appropriate way to modulate the heat, in this case? open a window?