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  1. Cold-as-ice

    NTI Trinity 150 Hydronic Boiler issue.

    Greetings! I'm hoping someone may be able to help me with my NTI Trinity 150 questions. I've been experiencing issues with my propane boiler for close to 4 years now. I've invested thousands in local heating contractors only to find purchased parts that were not necessary and no solution...
  2. S

    Boiler/gasifier? Need help deciding which unit best fits our needs.

    Looking for a wood based hot water solution that will work with our existing baseboard heating setup and not sure which direction to take. I've been reading about outdoor wood boilers and gasifiers but can't say I'm in love with any of the options I've found so far. Spoke with a Central...
  3. T

    Got a wood Boiler.... how to plumb/control it with radiant & DHW & Storage

    Hi! Let me start out by saying I AM NOT a plumber/heater. I am an electrician. My best friend is a plumber/heater but he has very little experience with solid fuel boilers. He is helping me with the whole system but is uncomfortable trying to come up with a solution that will do what I am trying...
  4. E

    Pros-Cons traditional wood boiler vs. Gassification?

    I recently moved into a house with a wood furnace-boiler system (powering floor heating and radiators), specifically a Viadrus (Czech brand) U22 with 7 sections (~40 kW rating with firewood). It's a pretty old and "dumb" style of furnace, no electronics, no fans, nothing fancy....just a...
  5. F

    Maxim M250 woes, FO troubleshooting

    Hey All, I’m a first time poster. Apologies if this issue has been addressed in the past. Here goes. I inherited a Maxim M250 with a house a couple of years ago. For all intents and purposes it ran last year. This year I’m having a problem of keeping it going. It started out happening...
  6. B

    Benjamin combo boiler - can i use without domestic water?

    Hi, I’m new to the boiler world. I just moved into an off grid house that has a Benjamin wood/oil combo boiler. My question is do I need to have domestic water in the system before I fire up the wood portion ?If that coil is empty will it be damaged by the heat? I’d rather not fill up the water...
  7. K

    Cabin Expansion - Stove to Fireplace?

    Hi all! What a great forum! We live just inland from Lake Superior in a very snowy microclimate. My wife and I with our 4 kids live in a cabin originally built as a 1bd/1ba, and after 3 years are expanding it into a still relatively modest 4bd/3ba home. Currently we heat using radiant in the...
  8. 2

    Enviro Maxx Water Boiler / Pellet Mill Project (Creative Advice Please)

    Hey, Im Dorian from Victoria BC - new to the forum. We're currently starting a craft distillery and looking to recycle energy wherever possible. I have an engineering background and I'm looking for advice, or thoughts, on two main renewable energy projects. Project 1: Im currently working with...
  9. F

    Winery Reality Check- Looking to Add 2 wood stoves to Fireplaces

    Long, long time lurker...newer poster (I feel I now actually have something to share and comment on!.) Background info: - I have read all of the recommended buying guides I can find. I really appreciate all the info and knowledge people offer. I love @Hogwildz no-nonsense style and others...
  10. B

    Domestic Water Issues?

    I just installed a Heatmor Outdoor boiler for my home. I have an hydronic system with cast iron radiators. My oil boiler also heats my domestic hot water. I have my Heatmor and Oil boiler running through a plate exchanger. It is working great for heating my house, boiler hasn't kicked on...
  11. D

    Weil-Mclain Boiler Mystery Leaking

    I have a Weil Mclain WGO-5 boiler. ITT Bell Gossett HFT-60 diaphragm expansion tank next to the boiler. When the boiler is off the pressure gauge says 3 PSI and temperature around 167 degrees. During a long burn the pressure rises to 25-28psi and the temperature hits 175 area. No water leaks...
  12. quick87ss

    Waste oil in Boiler anyone???

    I have a Switzer 1000 gallon boiler. I absolutely love this thing. I'm running in-floor radiant heat on both floors of my 3000 sq ft. house. The first floor has a 1.5" slab of gypcrete. And a dhw coil. This boiler performs absolutely amazing! I keep the house at 73 degrees and have had no...
  13. fowlerrudi

    My Hot Tub Hookup Experience - Glycol Loop

    I thought I would share my hot tub hookup just for into for those who may be googling this and need some info like I did. I have an Eko 40 Boiler with 1000 gallons of storage - coupled with a Vesta System from nofossil. We acquired a free hot tub that was only a few years old and had either a...
  14. Scott Pond

    Remote temperature monitoring

    Hey all, new here with a HeatmasterSS G100 just installed this week. I want to be able to view/monitor the temps of the boiler but it is out in my garage. Has anyone setup a way to monitor their boiler from their phone, device in the house?
  15. W

    new wood hydronic boiler

    hello, Im new here but i am building a new house and have installed hydronics in my entire house in a slab on grade. The house is 2500sf of heated space and i would like to install a wood hydronic boiler but the research has proved daunting. I also own a sawmill so i have a never ending supply...
  16. Mellowyelloe

    My homemade gasifier

    Hi fellow members. This is my first post. I joined this community to share my boiler project with everyone in hopes maybe others can learn and hopefully I can learn from others. Last summer I started building my boiler because I was tired of the inefficiency of my insert in my fireplace. Plus...
  17. nhtreehouse

    Wood Framing Between Tank and Foam Insulation?

    Hi All, I've been lurking around for a while, and am working on installing a wood/pellet boiler system in an outbuilding. It's all coming along quite well, and I'll post an install thread once I get it up and running. I've converted a propane tank and have insulated between the tank and the...
  18. D

    Jensen 24b indoor wood boiler manual needed

    I am in search of a manual for a Jensen 24b indoor wood boiler. I see there is an older thread on this but it is not closed. If anyone can help it would be of great help. Thanks in advance!!!!!! :)
  19. S

    Wood boiler advice

    I have a old Riteway RB-75 wood fired boiler. It works pretty good apart from a couple issues. First it creates a lot of creosote in the firebox which Ive read can be solved by having longer burns. But I was wondering if there was a good additive to remove some of the creosote? Or what else...
  20. Andrew Robinson

    Plywood termal buffer tank?

    Good morning, I'm working with a remote lodge that wants to put in a Woodmaster Flex-fuel 60kW boiler - the model that can burn either pellets or cord-wood by just switching the grate. It runs at atmospheric pressure. The lodge is only accessible by twin-otter or helicopter ... so the local...
  21. S

    Indoor Wood Boiler Advice Needed!

    Let me start by saying this is my first post on, but I am no stranger to this site. You all are full of knowledge and have answered a lot of my previous wood burning questions. However, I have not been able to find much information on my particular situation. I recently purchased a...
  22. Betterlysolutions

    Limit and blower shut off issue

    happy new year! I have a question... Actually a scenario i could use a little input on if you don't mind? It's an outdoor wood boiler another plumber installed and i combined an indoor navien system with it. There was a 6006c1018 aqua-stat installed on it to shut it down on temp rise but the...