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New Hawken HE1100 or Used Johnson "Big John" - and other questions

Post in 'The Boiler Room - Wood Boilers and Furnaces' started by Brian79z, Aug 19, 2012.

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New Hawken HE1100 4,000sqft or Used Johnson Big John 10,000sqft?

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  1. Brian79z

    Brian79z New Member

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    I have the opportunity to purchase either of the following for under $3500:
    --New Hawken HE1100 (4000sqft) full warranty (no pump or accessories) $3500
    --Used Johnson Big John, 6yrs old (10,000sqft) NO warranty (includes pump) $3000

    Which should I buy?

    I have an old 2 story farmhouse with newly poured basement built in 1900.
    Each floor is about 800sqft
    --New windows, original insulation, 3 layers of siding
    --New gas high efficiency forced air furnace w/3 ton AC
    --New gas high efficiency hot water heater
    --The home is surrounded by flat farm fields

    1. Is there such a thing as "buying too big"?
    2. Which brand has a better reputation?
    3. Will the Hawken be enough for the house and maybe hot water heater?

    Installation:
    1. How tight can you bend pex-al-pex in the insulated tile enclosure?
    2. What is the best place to get quality insulated pex-al-pex?

    Sorry for all the questions.. but thanks in advance!

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