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Post in 'The Boiler Room - Wood Boilers and Furnaces' started by shawn6596, Sep 7, 2013.

  1. shawn6596

    shawn6596 New Member

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    this is my first post and I and a complete new be. I have been following the old smokey boiler for years and have stumbled into this boiler http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/for/4033876306.html. I am about 2 weeks from having the savings to order the unit.

    I called the guy and he told me he had a complete package that would heat 3000sf for $4500 out the door. In talking to him the only steel in it is the CI doors. The whole unit is made from refractory with a copper worm in the refractory. I was looking for any input since I know very little. I really like the idea that there is no water jacket or firebox to rot out. Also I keep hearing about storage opitons I was wondering about a couple tanks like these in a shed and then filling it full of blown in insulation. http://southbend.craigslist.org/for/4027457669.html The only way into the basement is a 32" door.

    I just finished reading the thread on cheap lines. great read thanks to all for their help
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  2. maple1

    maple1 Minister of Fire

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    Better do a search of 'Heiss' on here - you might find worse things to worry about than water jackets & fireboxes rotting.
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  3. PassionForFire&Water

    PassionForFire&Water Minister of Fire

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    Simply put, you liking the idea that there is no water jacket is the same as saying this appliance is not a boiler.
    You need water and you need steel !
    Keep your money and keep looking for better alternatives = will save you a lot of headaches
  4. BoilerMan

    BoilerMan Minister of Fire

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    As Maple said, search Heiss, same design. Although very interesting how do you keep the heat from radiating out of the refractory? Ever wonder why you can't bury copper in concrete, as in why they require anyone with an oil line in a basement floor to abandon it and run a new copper line above the concrete? Try copper in refractory with the emmence heating and cooling cycles of wood burning.

    Look for feedback before you are sold "a bill of goods" with no returns. If they have several units in operation that you can go see and touch, and that have been operating at least 10 years with little repair, well then I'd be interested.

    When you cast something in concrete well then it's kinda permanent, as Passion FF&W said allot of headache.

    TS
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  5. heaterman

    heaterman Minister of Fire

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    Another reinvention of fire itself!!!! lol ;)

    Save your shekels for something else.

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