Direct Vs Power Vents.

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Post Tue. Oct. 28, 2008 5:20 pm

As my knowledge increases with time spent on this forum the question load gets greater. One glaring issue for me is how will vent a unit. My location is such that I will probably vent at the lower area of the wall. Have no chimney. Can someone explain, or direct me to, the differences and applications of a power vent and a direct vent system?? I have come to believe my stove choice will be strongly influenced by the vent location and type.


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Post Tue. Oct. 28, 2008 11:02 pm

From my understanding (new to coal) direct vent is located inside on the stove and pushes air out any leaks in your pipes would = co in your house. Power vent is located outside and is sucking (draft) out if you have any leakes inside they will be sucking air in no co in the house. I alo belive with the powervent outside it makes 1 less motor running in the house (quieter). Pick a leisure line with the coal-trol you will love it.
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Post Tue. Oct. 28, 2008 11:10 pm

A power vent also gets rained and snowed on so having a motor outside would probably require more maintenance then a DV. I've never owned one but that was the concensus when I was comparing the two.
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Post Wed. Oct. 29, 2008 6:39 am

A power vent is a generic device that is used for any number of heating units. You adjust it to fit your unit. A direct vent is part of the unit itself and is designed exactly for that unit. A direct vent will almost always use less electricity and for my money is always the better choice. Proper care during installation will assure no leakage.
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Post Wed. Oct. 29, 2008 8:16 am

Why would a direct vent use less electricity? Both DV nad PV would run 24/7 if you stove is on.

Unless you are say, if you change out your oil or gas furnance to a Direct or Power Vent, it would only run when needed, and then use your chimney just for your coal stove without a DV or PV....
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