Title:
AUXILIARY HEATING SYSTEM
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
An auxiliary heating system includes a furnace positioned within a building. The furnace includes an outlet duct and a thermostat electrically coupled to the furnace. The thermostat establishes a trigger temperature. A housing is provided to contain a combustible material. A discharge is coupled to the housing and discharges smoke produced from combustion of the combustible material. A conduit is coupled between the housing and the outlet duct to direct heat into the outlet duct. A damper is positioned within the conduit to restrict a flow of the heat into the outlet duct. A control circuit is coupled to the housing and electrically coupled to the thermostat and a power source. A fan is positioned within the conduit and electrically coupled to the control circuit. The fan is actuated when a temperature in the building falls below the trigger temperature to urge the heat into the outlet duct.



Inventors:
Youson, Steveson (Opelika, AL, US)
Youson, Carlton (Opelika, AL, US)
Application Number:
14/603591
Publication Date:
07/28/2016
Filing Date:
01/23/2015
Assignee:
Youson Steveson
Youson Carlton
Primary Class:
International Classes:
F24D19/10; F24D5/10
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Primary Examiner:
MASHRUWALA, NIKHIL P
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Kaufhold Dix Patent Law (P. O. BOX 89626, SIOUX FALLS, SD, 57109, US)
Claims:
I claim:

1. An auxiliary heating system configured to provide auxiliary heat for a forced air furnace, said assembly comprising: a furnace positioned within a building, said furnace including an outlet duct; a thermostat electrically coupled to said furnace, said thermostat establishing a trigger temperature; a housing containing a combustible material; a discharge coupled to said housing, said discharge discharging smoke produced from combustion of the combustible material; a conduit coupled between said housing and said duct, said conduit directing heat produced from combustion of the combustible material into said outlet duct; a damper positioned within said conduit, said damper selectively restricting a flow of the heat into said outlet duct; a control circuit coupled to said housing, said control circuit being electrically coupled to said thermostat, said control circuit being configured to be electrically coupled to a power source; and a fan positioned within said conduit, said fan being electrically coupled to said control circuit, said fan being actuated when a temperature in said building falls below said trigger temperature, said fan urging the heat into said outlet duct.

2. The assembly according to claim 1, wherein said housing has a top wall, a bottom wall and a peripheral wall extending therebetween, said peripheral wall having a front side, said front side having an opening extending therethrough to access an interior of said housing, said front side having a vent extending therethrough, said vent being in fluid communication with said interior of said housing.

3. The assembly according to claim 2, further comprising a door hingedly coupled to said housing, said door being positioned on said front side, said door being positionable in an open position to expose said opening, said door being positionable in a closed position to cover said opening.

4. The assembly according to claim 2, wherein said discharge extends through said top wall and being in fluid communication with said interior of said housing, said conduit having a first end and a second end, said first end being coupled to said top wall, said conduit being in thermal communication with said interior of said housing, said second end being coupled to said outlet duct, said damper being positioned adjacent to said second end.

5. An auxiliary heating system configured to provide auxiliary heat for a forced air furnace, said assembly comprising: a furnace positioned within a building, said furnace including an outlet duct; a thermostat electrically coupled to said furnace, said thermostat establishing a trigger temperature; a housing having a top wall, a bottom wall and a peripheral wall extending therebetween, said peripheral wall having a front side, said front side having an opening extending therethrough to access an interior of said housing, said front side having a vent extending therethrough, said vent being in fluid communication with said interior of said housing, said housing containing a combustible material; a door hingedly coupled to said housing, said door being positioned on said front side, said door being positionable in an open position to expose said opening, said door being positionable in a closed position to cover said opening; a discharge coupled to said housing, said discharge extending through said top wall and being in fluid communication with said interior of said housing, said discharge discharging smoke produced from combustion of the combustible material; an conduit having a first end and a second end, said first end being coupled to said top wall, said conduit being in thermal communication with said interior of said housing, said second end being coupled to said outlet duct, said conduit directing heat produced from combustion of the combustible material into said outlet duct; a damper positioned within said conduit, said damper being positioned adjacent to said second end, said damper selectively restricting a flow of the heat into said outlet duct; a control circuit coupled to said housing, said control circuit being electrically coupled to said thermostat, said control circuit being configured to be electrically coupled to a power source; and a fan positioned within said conduit, said fan being electrically coupled to said control circuit, said fan being actuated when a temperature in said building falls below said trigger temperature, said fan urging the heat into said outlet duct.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE DISCLOSURE

Field of the Disclosure

The disclosure relates to heating devices and more particularly pertains to a new heating device for utilizing heat from a combustible material in a forced air furnace.

SUMMARY OF THE DISCLOSURE

An embodiment of the disclosure meets the needs presented above by generally comprising a furnace positioned within a building. The furnace includes an outlet duct and a thermostat electrically coupled to the furnace. The thermostat establishes a trigger temperature. A housing is provided to contain a combustible material. A discharge is coupled to the housing and discharges smoke produced from combustion of the combustible material. A conduit is in thermal communication between the housing and the outlet duct to direct heat produced from combustion of the combustible material into the outlet duct. A damper is positioned within the conduit to restrict a flow of the heat into the outlet duct. A control circuit is coupled to the housing and electrically coupled to the thermostat. The control circuit is electrically coupled to a power source. A fan is positioned within the conduit and electrically coupled to the control circuit. The fan is actuated when a temperature in the building falls below the trigger temperature to urge the heat into the outlet duct.

There has thus been outlined, rather broadly, the more important features of the disclosure in order that the detailed description thereof that follows may be better understood, and in order that the present contribution to the art may be better appreciated. There are additional features of the disclosure that will be described hereinafter and which will form the subject matter of the claims appended hereto.

The objects of the disclosure, along with the various features of novelty which characterize the disclosure, are pointed out with particularity in the claims annexed to and forming a part of this disclosure.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The disclosure will be better understood and objects other than those set forth above will become apparent when consideration is given to the following detailed description thereof. Such description makes reference to the annexed drawings wherein:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an auxiliary heating system according to an embodiment of the disclosure.

FIG. 2 is a front view of an embodiment of the disclosure.

FIG. 3 is a right side view of an embodiment of the disclosure.

FIG. 4 is a schematic view of an embodiment of the disclosure.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

With reference now to the drawings, and in particular to FIGS. 1 through 4 thereof, a new heating device embodying the principles and concepts of an embodiment of the disclosure and generally designated by the reference numeral 10 will be described.

As best illustrated in FIGS. 1 through 4, the auxiliary heating system 10 generally comprises a furnace 12 positioned within a building 14. The furnace 12 includes an outlet duct 16 and a thermostat 18 electrically coupled to the furnace 12. The thermostat 18 establishes a trigger temperature. The trigger temperature may range between 50° Fahrenheit and 70° Fahrenheit. The furnace 12 may be a forced air furnace of any conventional design. The thermostat 18 may be a mercury switch thermostat, a solid state thermostat or other conventional thermostat.

A housing 20 is provided that has a top wall 22, a bottom wall 24 and a peripheral wall 26 extending therebetween. The peripheral wall 26 has a front side 28 and the front side 28 has an opening 30 extending therethrough to access an interior of the housing 20. The front side 28 has a vent 32 extending therethrough and the vent 32 is in fluid communication with the interior of the housing 20. The vent 32 provides air to support combustion within the interior of the housing. The housing 20 contains a combustible material 34. The combustible material 34 may be wood or other combustible material typically used to produce heat. The housing 20 may be comprised of a thermally conductive material such as iron.

The housing 20 may be structured to define an inner box 21 contained within the housing 20. The inner box 21 is discrete from the interior of the housing 20 and contains the combustible material 34. The vent 32 may be in fluid communication with the inner box 21. An intake 23 may extend through the front side 28. The intake 23 is in fluid communication with the interior of the housing 20. Heat from combustion of the combustible material 34 may be transferred from the inner box 21 to the interior of the housing 20. Smoke from the combustion of the combustible material 34 may be contained within the inner box.

A door 36 is hingedly coupled to the housing 12. The door 36 is positioned on the front side 28 to expose the opening 30 or to cover the opening 30. The door 36 may be comprised of a heat resistant and translucent material. The door 36 may be one of a pair of doors 38.

A discharge 40 is coupled to the housing 20 and extends through the top wall 22 to be in fluid communication with the interior of the housing 20. The discharge 40 may alternatively be in fluid communication with the inner box 21 and not in fluid communication with the interior of the housing 20. The discharge 40 discharges smoke produced from combustion of the combustible material 34. The discharge 40 may be fluidly coupled to a chimney 42 or the like. A conduit 44 is provided that has a first end 46 and a second end 48. The first end 46 is coupled to the top wall 22 and the conduit 44 is in thermal communication with the interior of the housing 12. The second end 48 is coupled to the outlet duct 16 to direct heat produced from combustion of the combustible material 34 into the outlet duct 16.

A damper 50 is positioned within the conduit 44. The damper 50 is positioned adjacent to the second end 48 and selectively restricts a flow of the heat into the outlet duct 16. A control circuit 52 is coupled to the housing and is electrically coupled to the thermostat 18. The control circuit 52 is electrically coupled to a power source 54. The power source 54 may be the building 14 or the furnace 12. A fan 56 is positioned within the conduit 44. The fan may be positioned adjacent to the first end 46. The fan 56 is electrically coupled to the control circuit 52 and is actuated when a temperature in the building 14 falls below the trigger temperature. The fan 56 urges the heat into the outlet duct 16.

In use, the combustible material 34 is combusted within the housing 12. The heat from the combustible material 34 reduces an amount of energy consumed by the furnace 12 to heat the building 14.

With respect to the above description then, it is to be realized that the optimum dimensional relationships for the parts of an embodiment enabled by the disclosure, to include variations in size, materials, shape, form, function and manner of operation, assembly and use, are deemed readily apparent and obvious to one skilled in the art, and all equivalent relationships to those illustrated in the drawings and described in the specification are intended to be encompassed by an embodiment of the disclosure.

Therefore, the foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the principles of the disclosure. Further, since numerous modifications and changes will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the disclosure to the exact construction and operation shown and described, and accordingly, all suitable modifications and equivalents may be resorted to, falling within the scope of the disclosure. In this patent document, the word “comprising” is used in its non-limiting sense to mean that items following the word are included, but items not specifically mentioned are not excluded. A reference to an element by the indefinite article “a” does not exclude the possibility that more than one of the element is present, unless the context clearly requires that there be only one of the elements.