A friends son had one installed and he is unhappy with it. His dad and I know it’s more of a wet wood issue than anything else.
Location is the MA/NH border. House is a ranch with an exterior masonry chimney.
The professional installer didn’t use an insulated liner nor did they pack the liner...
Sooner or later the upper temp in the tank comes down into your range.
My best results to date is a packed tank of heat top to bottom.
I’ve slowed my pump speed hoping to get better stratification in the tanks.
You close off the oil boiler flow when the wood boiler temp is proper. A simple zone valve closes any possible water flowing thru your oil boiler.
When the reverse is happening (wood cold/oil needed) it reverses.
I’m a far cry from an expert but have just a system. 100% seamless operation...
My Tarm will spill a little when I operate it outside the instructions. I’ve learned to minimize it but letting it burn down to coals per instructions is best.
I’ve been out of the house for 5 days and my tanks were at 80. Useless for heating but damn... it was the easiest fire I’ve ever...
I get a kick out of some who are afraid of the boiler inside yet have no problem with a wood stove burning.
I wouldn't take an outdoor boiler if it was free. I'm not putting my boots and jacket on to trudge out to the boiler 100 feet away in -25::Fweather and the wind blowing. All my heat loss...
I’ve gotten very good with a smaller sized bucket working slowly in the opening of the insert. The draft keeps much of the dust within the fire box.
If I never saw a buddy empty his ash I wouldn’t have any envy. So simple.
I do use an old cookie sheet for the ash in the wood boiler. It’s in the...
Code or not I dropped mine down the shaft and hard wired it into the back of a 4x4 box with a service switch. This is run off my generator panel. I’d freak out if I had to look at that cord and yes, I agree it’s about 6 feet.
I remember it well when my father would roll up some newspaper, light the end and hold it up into the flue to establish a draft.
Yes an LP or MAPP gas torch would be a lot better than a tiny butane one.
Once mine gets going from a cold start it's run mostly closed or fully closed. The only time it's wide open is when I'm reloading it.
I must be doing something right as the sweep reported that there was no creosote in the liner.