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Water heating with a Harmon Accentra?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by lucamajuke, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. lucamajuke

    lucamajuke New Member

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    I've got a Harmon in the basement and am considering either installing a water pipe in the stove or converting my boiler to run pellets with a Ulma or Pellx burner. Either way I'm putting in bulk storage so I can stop lugging bags.

    The pros of converting the boiler are that it's already plumbed into my distribution and in both the Ulma and Pellx, I'm working with a known entity. Cons would be that it costs upward of $3,500 to upgrade, plus the storage bin costs.

    Pros of converting the pellet stove are cheap pipe, used water heater to store heat and oil backup in case I go on vacation. Cons are the unknowns of running a pipe into an Accentra (?) Which brings me here...

    Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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  2. thedude110

    thedude110 Feeling the Heat

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    Are you thinking of something like this for the Accentra?

    http://crosslinkconversions.com/

    I would go with the boiler myself, but I'm not much of one for pushing my stove beyond its intended purpose.
  3. Bioburner

    Bioburner Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't think there is a crosslink for Accentra. Unit needs a fair amount of stove space and ability to clean properly. Love the unit in my pc45 though. Was a balmy -26 this morning and was still 67 upstairs with the slab having been heated to 78. One bag night.
  4. lucamajuke

    lucamajuke New Member

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    This site has several different size coils...

    http://www.hilkoil.com/

    I'm not sure how to size the pipe for the stove but I figured the 18s or the 16t should work inside the stove, having measured the interior. Cleaning would be an issue if the pipe were to run in front of the burn pot so I'll avoid that and make sure I can remove the ash bin. I think when it comes time to do the annual cleaning (remove the back plates and vacuum all) I would drain the pipe and remove in order to access all. Makes the pellet conversion for the boiler look better and better, although there is some cleaning there too. Doubt it entails draining anything though.

    What sort of pipe does the crosslink kit come with?
  5. Bioburner

    Bioburner Moderator Staff Member

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    Large mixing block and stainless loops. More than one wants to carry with one arm. Another cool night of -13. No propain or electric for heat here.

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