Hello! I've been looking at installing a root cellar into my basement and keep going back and forth between two locations. I was hoping maybe someone here might have some insight for me.
My two locations are:
1) The old cistern for the house. It is on the north side of the house and has 3 walls that are not shared by the rest of the basement. It is mostly walled off from the rest of the basement except for a doorway and some space at the top. I'm thinking this would keep it nice and cool, except I wouldn't be able to put ventilation directly in this room. The foundation is fieldstone and brick, nearly 2 feet thick, and I don't know if I can or should attempt to drill through it. I was thinking I might try to run ventilation to the next nearest window, but this would add at least 5 feet of extra, horizontal pipe to any vent shafts. Is this a good idea or will air stagnate more easily like this? I've included a picture for reference.
2) A room which is walled off from the rest of the basement by cinderblocks. This room shares 2 walls with the rest of the basement and has 2 exterior walls. However, one of these walls faces south and the other faces east. There are two windows in this room that could be used for ventilation. I think it would be much easier to ventilate this room than the cistern, not to mention the fact that it is a little better situated for access. I am worried, though, about the southerly exposure and the shared walls with the basement. It is closer to the furnace than the cistern is.
My two real questions here then are:
Should I avoid long horizontal stretches of pipe in root cellar vent shafts?
How detrimental is a southerly basement wall/shared walls with the rest of the basement?
Much thanks for any info you can give me.