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Greenwood Indoor Boiler installation and operation video

Post in 'The Boiler Room - Wood Boilers and Furnaces' started by 91220da, Nov 13, 2010.

  1. 91220da

    91220da Member

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    Hey guys,
    After three years of use and enjoying this site I finally figured out how to upload pictures and videos. I put a short video on youtube that shows the basics of my greenwood installation in November of 08. the video is from December of 09 anyway just sharing info if anyone is interested. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V98CutTE6is

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  2. Jesse-M

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    Very nice...good video and nice setup!
  3. 91220da

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    Thanks Jesse,
    I am very happy with the boilers performance and the amount of money we are saving in oil bills. As I mention in the video, we should have done this along time ago.
    Rich
  4. ISeeDeadBTUs

    ISeeDeadBTUs Guest

    Great video, but some of it doesn't come through. The part of the video where your wife loads the unit seemed to be missing or something.
  5. 91220da

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    Thanks for the complement Jim, I knew I should have included that section of video. To be honest she actually does load the boiler from time to time. Mainly when I am away hunting or if she decides to run the washing machine none stop. She usually complains that the rounds are to heavy for her, I just tell her to MAN UP and "Get er Done"!
  6. Jesse-M

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    Don't know if you've run across this yet, but since your wife occasionally loads the thing...make sure the intake damper is open before opening the load door...would hate to hear about her singeing here eyebrows off. ( yours either for that matter ) You have inspired me to do a video of my system, these could be helpful...plus I like seeing the different setups.



    PS hows the plugged up head, you sounded terrible.
  7. 91220da

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    Yep!! have encounterd the big ball of flames on occasion and the Mrs. knows how to avoid it better than I do because she is afraid of it. Not me I am stupid enough to open the door and throw more wood in before bed even if it is throttled down. I usually crack the door a 1/2" or so for thirty seconds before I rip it wide open. I originally sent that video to Muncy Bob from the forum because he was interested in the exhaust fan. I finally figured out how to resize it to upload. Thanks for asking about the head cold it was a rough one. Maybe I will shot another video and show how it ties into my oil boiler in the basement. I also like to check out how other users have there systems set up. Let us know if you post a video.
  8. 91220da

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    Yep!! have encounterd the big ball of flames on occasion and the Mrs. knows how to avoid it better than I do because she is afraid of it. Not me I am stupid enough to open the door and throw more wood in before bed even if it is throttled down. I usually crack the door a 1/2" or so for thirty seconds before I rip it wide open. I originally sent that video to Muncy Bob from the forum because he was interested in the exhaust fan. I finally figured out how to re size it to upload. Thanks for asking about the head cold it was a rough one. Maybe I will shot another video and show how it ties into my oil boiler in the basement. I also like to check out how other users have there systems set up. Let us know if you post a video.
  9. 91220da

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    What the heck I am speaking in doubles. How did I do that and how do I get rid of one of them?
  10. Jesse-M

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    Ha...Some people will do anything to get their post count up.









    JK
  11. 91220da

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    Good Idea I never thought of that

    Good Idea I never thought of that
  12. trailhound68

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    Nice vid. Doesn't your boiler drip condensation in the uninsulated room?
  13. 91220da

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    Hey Trailhound68 actually it does not. I have had the usual drip for about a day when I first fire it up, then it stops. I think the dripping is from the moisture / humidity that builds up in the insulation over the summer when I am not up and running. I am one of the guy's, that once I fire for the first time around Nov. 1st I do not let it go out until about mid March. I do not have any storage so I keep it up to temp all day every day. My water temps drop to around 150 - 140 early in the morning after burning all night and at about 3:00 pm just when I am getting home from work. I definetly get a 6 to 8 hour burn no problem at high temps ( 165 - 200) and the Danforth mixing valve prevents my return temps from droping below 140. I have my oil boiler set to fire between 130 and 150. I may use a little oil when the wood boiler drops below 150 but I believe keeping the return temp above 140 prevents alot of condensation / corrosion issues. My skins are solid and no moisture problems. I think the guys that fire, then cool, then refire have alot of condensation issues because things are cooling and then superheating etc. etc. My brother works for the local coal fired steam turbine, power plant and they go to major extreems to slowly preheat and gently cool down the huge boilers they run to prevent condensation / corrosion issuses. Even though Greenwood went out of business I am very happy with the simple use of the boiler. Open the door, throw in logs, close the door, walk away. Sorry about rambling on and on.......... Too many Jack and Coke's with the Thanksgiving festivaties.
  14. 2.beans

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    maybe your wife is the one cleaning your boiler room? i wish mine was as clean as that!
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    My dad bought his wife a wood carrying apron from Lee Valley for her birthday 2 weeks ago . she wasnt too impressed though. LOL.
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    Sounds oh so familiar.
    My condensation issues have ceased. But it's too late for the top panel.
    I'm not running any heat retention, nor does my oil boiler kick on. It is what it is.
    I can get better than eight hours now, easily, but in Jan/Feb that's about it.
    With no storage it's quick & easy to get her makin' heat again.
    How much wood will you put in her? I'll stuff mine 'till you can't fit a peice
    kindling in there, have to squeeze the wood into the door sometimes.
    BTW, check out today's dump find. Sweet.....

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  17. Thermonuclearcumbuster

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    Rich, Im new to this just bought my greenwood last week. Setup i was thinking of is exactly like yours. Got an old steam pre heat tank to make the drip from. If you could take some pictures of your boiler hookup that would be helpful to me. Also did you put that controller on because you didn't like how the aquastats were working? And if so what kind is it? Thanks Mike
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    Hi Mike welcome to the forum, I went with the digital controler because it will close the damper and keep it closed when the water temp drops below 140. You have to flip the switch to reset it so the damper will open and operate. This is great if I don't get to load the firebox before it runs out of fuel the refractory and water will stay above 140 rather than cooling down to a point where creosote and moisture become an issue. I will take some pictures of the house boiler hook up this weekend and post them for you. If you want PM (private message me with your email) I can send you a video clip of the hook up.
    Rich
  19. PassionForFire&Water

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    Nice Setup!
    I also like your open expansion tank, never taught of using an "oil" barrel for that.
    What device do you use for your battery backup?
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    Thanks Marc, my system has been running for 3.5 seasons without a single problem or boil over. I know that I just jinked myself by saying that! Here is a link to the battery back up.

    http://stovesentry.com/?p=models
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    Hey guys, second video posted on youtube that details the digital controller and stove sentry backup. Third video coming soon showing the house boiler hook up. Would you believe I have a head cold again on the second video. What the H***.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXTdw7_hxDA
  22. Jesse-M

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    Nice..... :cheese:
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    Nice set up!! And very informative videos!!! I am having great luck with mine also except for the self inflicted problems.... I have just cleaned my stove a couple weeks ago and was getting ready start a thread about it here shortly....

    I'm just kind of prepping myself for a system rebuild this spring. I have been doing alot of searching and reading but of course Any tips would be appreciated!
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    3rd video posted showing the house hook up. Duane 9835 when you say rebuild what exaclty needs to be done. When I took the side panel off this spring to clean the boiler I peeled the insulation away (it was crumbling anyway from previous cleanings). I sanded the inside of the panel with a disk sander and 80 grit disks. Primed and spray painted it with flat black gas grill heat paint. I replaced the insulation with 3" kawool and put the side back on. I sealed the panel and other openings from the outside with heat resistant caulk (orange color, home depot). Hope your rebuild is as easy? My skins are rusted on the inside but not bad enough that it is ready to break through to the outside.
    Rich
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    I've got quite a few rust bubbles starting to show on the sides. I'll get some pics up in a bit.

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