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Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by CAPBOY, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. CAPBOY

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  2. boo boo

    boo boo Feeling the Heat

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    I heat my water with Oil
    About a gallon a day and yes it is pricy to get hot water
  3. CAPBOY

    CAPBOY New Member

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    Separate HWH from the boiler?
  4. boo boo

    boo boo Feeling the Heat

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    It is a boiler system with an indirect fire holding tank
  5. CAPBOY

    CAPBOY New Member

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    I'm doubling your consumption. Granted, I use it to heat the house up on Sundays when we're returning from VT/Skiing. But it's only for a few hours, 4 days a week.
  6. boo boo

    boo boo Feeling the Heat

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    Do you know the firing rate of your boiler (Nozzle size or gallons per hour) Mine is .75 gallons per running hour
    Two to three showers per day and the dish washer three times per week Only about an hour of baseboard heat from December till now baseboard
  7. boo boo

    boo boo Feeling the Heat

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    You got me thinking now
    I am going to start another thread to try to get some HVAC techs to chime in
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    Hoot23 Minister of Fire

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    Still using oil for hot water. Just got a 100 gallons last week. But that will take us through till November, I hope.
  9. CAPBOY

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    I don't know the firing rate. I'd imagine that there's a bit of a relationship between that, the size of the boiler, and the size of the house? But I guess what you're saying is that it can be adjusted.
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    Ii use a oil fired hot water heater and going on my second year same tank
  11. boo boo

    boo boo Feeling the Heat

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    So my other thread was flagged out so your best bet is to ask your service man the nozzle size and that will give you the gallons per running hour witch is your firing rate. If you have a large house your burner is firing a larger rate to give you more BTU`s I will try to find out more but your service man should know
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    subsailor Minister of Fire

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    I shut my boiler down and switched to electric. Costs me about $30/month at most.
  13. velvetfoot

    velvetfoot Minister of Fire

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    Me too.
  14. boo boo

    boo boo Feeling the Heat

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    What would be the cost of the switch over on average? I could do the plumbing and most of the electric work
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    velvetfoot Minister of Fire

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    I got the least expensive GE tank at Home Depot. Maybe it was 250 or so.
  16. smoke show

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    I think the problem with electric is the recovery time if you have high hot water consumption(I do).

    If you don't then disregard above statement.
  17. iceguy4

    iceguy4 Minister of Fire

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    I have a hot water maker ...zone 6 off my boiler. and an electric hot water heater. Last year and the beginning of this year(before my pellet boiler came on line) I found it cheaper to use my electric HW over my oil boiler.(I have a device on my oil boiler that tracks hours of use...(hours X GPH @ nozzle presure* = oil used)) At this point I use my hot water maker because pellets are cheaper. when I stop heating my house, I will shut down both boilers(pellet and cold start oil boiler) and turn a couple of ball valves and turn on electric HW heater. for those who say "if you turn off your oil boilet it will leak" ...It might...but if it does there are ways to deal with that too (another thread...as to not hyjack)

    not my experence...we can hardly tell the difference....must be when I shut down my boiler (6 zone pumps...not zone valves) the electric used must offset each other.. also quality electric HW heater....BTW....wife is clean freak so we use a LOT of HW..._g

    *Oil nozzles are rated @ 100 PSI...most newer burners operate @ 140+ psi...SOoo...a .75 will flow .75 or 3/4 gallon per hour at 100 PSI...relying on my memory....89 gallons at 140 PSI
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    I have had a propane fired tankless hotwater heater for 5 years. I live in WNY and it is cold for 5 months of the year. It was costing me about $35.00 per month to heat the hot water with this setup. I recently connected my Geothermal Heating System to storage tank (it preheats the water to about 120) now my propane use is much lower. Prior to the tankless I had an electric water heater, It was old when it died. My electric bill went down $70.00 per month when I switched to the tankless. We use a bunch of hot water, two adults and two small children. We run the dishwasher at least one time per day and the laundry machine always runs as well.
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