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Add on wood furnace or Wood/oil combo?

Post in 'The Boiler Room - Wood Boilers and Furnaces' started by peteriveiraYahoo.com, Oct 10, 2013.

  1. peteriveiraYahoo.com

    peteriveiraYahoo.com New Member

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    I am planning on buying a wood furnace very soon and I was looking for some advice. I have an existing old (mid 80's) Thermopride oil fired forced hot air furnace, along with AC. My question is, would you guys replace the entire unit with a combo or just add an "add on" unit?

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  2. maple1

    maple1 Minister of Fire

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    What are your alternatives to oil where you are at (where are you at?), and do you use oil for anything else?
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    peteriveiraYahoo.com New Member

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    I am in Connecticut. I only use oil for the furnace. I have access to anything, such as LP, NG, pellets, etc. I burn wood now and I have pretty much unlimited access to it.
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    hobbyheater Minister of Fire

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    The smaller of the two furnaces would be a simple installation , the oil with its AC remaining your back up .
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  5. maple1

    maple1 Minister of Fire

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    How do you heat your hot water - and what kind of shape is your a/c unit?

    I guess my main thoughts now are - I think I would keep the units separate and add on a wood unit. And depending on the rest of the situation, maybe even turf the oil all together in favour of perhaps a new NG unit, or maybe even a heat pump that would replace both your oil furnace and your a/c unit. Just make sure you consider EVERYTHING that you can to set yourself up long term.

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