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Pellet furnace and still keeping oil as secondary

Post in 'The Boiler Room - Wood Boilers and Furnaces' started by nammysu, Sep 17, 2013.

  1. nammysu

    nammysu New Member

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    Hi all,

    This is my first post here. I did try to search for my answer but couldn't find it.

    I moved into my house almost a year ago here in New England where it's COLD. There's no natural gas here and currently my furnace runs on oil. I was planning to get a pellet fireplace insert, but then I thought about a pellet furnace. So here's my question...

    I'd like to be able to put in a pellet furnace. But is it possible to keep my oil furnace as a backup/secondary heating system?

    Thanks,
    Mike

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  2. maple1

    maple1 Minister of Fire

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    Furnace (hot air) - or boiler (hot water)?

    Either way I think the answer is generally yes - but we don't know much about your system or house.
  3. nammysu

    nammysu New Member

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    It's a forced hot air system.
    3,000 sf feet.

    What other information should I provide here? I'm sorry for being such a newbie!
  4. maple1

    maple1 Minister of Fire

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    I'm out already - I know next to nothing about furnaces, and not a whole lot about pellets.

    Maybe a pellet boiler would be something to consider - it could do all your DHW, and you could likely add in a heat exchanger to your plenum or ductwork somewhere to heat your house easier than you could duct in a second furnace. Maybe. There are some very nice pellet boilers on the market, I'm sure you'll get more input from others.
  5. heaterman

    heaterman Minister of Fire

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    Are you in Maine by any chance? They have some serious $$ available for pellet boiler installations.

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