Heating Appliance Nomenclature

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Eric Johnson, Dec 6, 2005.

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  1. Eric Johnson

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    This question came up recently in another post, and Elkimmeg pretty much had the final word when he quoted the official description of a boiler as an appliance that heats water or produces steam. A furnace, by that same definition, heats air.

    I finally got into the right frame of mind over the weekend to think about this some more, and came up with the following definitions that I think work for most of us:

    Boiler: Not exposed to living space. Heats and distributes water or steam to living space.
    Furnace: Not exposed to living space. Heats and distributes air to living space.
    Stove: Exposed to living space. Heats air.

    That's it.
     
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    Stove: Cooks my Mac n' Cheese.
     
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