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Post in 'The Boiler Room - Wood Boilers and Furnaces' started by SmokeEater, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. SmokeEater

    SmokeEater Feeling the Heat

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    Hi All,
    Want to thank all contributors, especially in the Boiler Room, for your answers to the many questions on boiler installations, requirements, tips, and all. I've been heating with a, I think, quite inefficient, wood, coal, oil combo hot air furnace. Thanks to you I'm converting to a pellet boiler even though I still cut and split hardwood firewood because I'm able. But, planning for the future, the day will come when I won't be able to "go to the woods". I've been cutting and burning about 20 to 25 face cords of seasoned hardwoods(mostly beech and hard maple) for 30 years. I looked at and like the idea of a gasifier, but I'd still have to cut, split, and dry some firewood. With the pellets I'm gambling on the price and availability, but there is a fairly large pellet mill nearby. I bought 10 tons from them for the season (I hope}. Thought I would sell my firewood for about $55 - $60 a face cord to help pay for the pellets. Anyway, my system that I'm now putting together consists of two independent boilers, a new Harman PB105 and a slant fin Liberty that I bought used, a 100 gal Triangle Tube Smart series, black iron piping(copper's outa site), modine in the cellar, radiant on main floor, and baseboard on second. I used to put 18 face cords in the cellar(along with bugs, bark, dust, and chips), and in that same space I think I can put about 5 tons of pellets and more if I can stack them higher. You and the Forum have been wicked helpful in assisting in my heat plan. Thanks.

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