"Gunsmoke" type stove pipe?

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Post by bruker » Wed. Dec. 28, 2022 8:33 am

On the show Gunsmoke and some other old westerns you'll occasionally see a stove pipe coming off the stove that splits into two pipes and then back into one before going out of the room. Is that just for looks or do people do that to get more heat?

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Post by fig » Wed. Dec. 28, 2022 10:51 am

More heated pipe surface exposed to interior air so I imagine it does extract more heat before it exits. Basically just a heat exchanger.

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Post by McGiever » Wed. Dec. 28, 2022 11:07 am

If great enough draft is present some unusual things can be had.


Likewise have seen stoves in old general store pictures with a long sloped horizontal stove pipe going great distance giving off heat along the way.



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Post by warminmn » Wed. Dec. 28, 2022 12:17 pm

I love those general store pics!

My wood stove pipe must raise 12 feet with a 3 foot horizontal run downstairs and 2 feet upstairs. Theres a lot of heat coming from that pipe when the stove is at 4-500 degrees. So I certainly understand why they did it 100 years ago. I dont know what % of the heat they save but its a lot of heat. Mine is one of those masonry chimneys that starts upstairs with the single pipe going thru the floor of the 2 levels.

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Post by davidmcbeth3 » Wed. Dec. 28, 2022 2:10 pm

McGiever wrote:
Wed. Dec. 28, 2022 11:07 am
If great enough draft is present some unusual things can be had.


Looks like a head warmer ... just shove your head inside the gap...

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Post by mntbugy » Wed. Dec. 28, 2022 7:35 pm

If you had the funds, back in the day. Buy a Rosemont Radiator. Exhaust gas heat reclaimer.


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