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Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by burntime, Jun 25, 2007.

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  1. burntime

    burntime New Member

    Aug 18, 2006
    C'mon hunting season!
    The central air unit ran on wood!!! I wood (pun intended) have the coolest house on the block!!!

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  2. Metal

    Metal Minister of Fire

    Nov 18, 2005
    I planted three cooling units in my backyard, hopefully they grow quickly and I will notice a much cooler area with no affect on my electric bill in 5-10 years.
  3. Kenny1

    Kenny1 Feeling the Heat

    Oct 20, 2006
    Eastern ON
    Well, wood pellets can be used.


    (hope that that link works).

    The link is to an abstract:

    Design and operation of an air-conditioning system fueled by wood pellets

    Takami Kaia, , , Yoshimitsu Uemuraa, Yukio Teraokab, Takeshige Takahashia, Yasuo Hatatea and Masahiro Yoshidaa
    aDepartment of Applied Chemical and Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kagoshima University, 1-21-40 Korimoto, Kagoshima 890-0065, Japan
    bDepartment of Environmental Sciences and Technology, Faculty of Agriculture, Kagoshima, Kagoshima University, 1-21-40 Korimoto, Kagoshima 890-0065, Japan
    Received 5 June 2006; accepted 13 March 2007. Available online 9 May 2007.


    A room-cooling system of 2 kW capacity fueled by wood pellets was designed, built and tested. The system was demonstrated during summer at the Yakushima Field Station of Kagoshima University, Japan. It contained a pellet feeder, a pellet burner, a heat exchanger, a lithium bromide–water absorption heat pump and a control unit. The volume of the test room was 36.9 m3 and ambient temperature 30 °C. The airflow temperature from the room unit was decreased to 16 °C by the system, and the room temperature could be successfully controlled to 24 °C steady state. Room heating in winter was also demonstrated. Since the air was heat exchanged, the overall energy efficiency of the cooling system was low at about 19%. However, the calculation based on the heat flow showed that the efficiency could be enhanced to about 75% by direct heating of the regenerator by the flue gas.

    Keywords: Wood pellets; Space cooling; Wood chips; Absorption heat pump
  4. EatenByLimestone

    EatenByLimestone Minister of Fire

    Jul 12, 2006
    Schenectady, NY
    It can be done. Look at LP and NG powered fridges. I don't see, other than efficiency, why they couldn't be run off a wood source.

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