Calling all Pellet boiler owners, how’s it going?

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Tennman

Minister of Fire
Mar 4, 2009
991
Southern Tenn
Well hey Velvet! How ya doin? Windhager still good?
 

velvetfoot

Minister of Fire
Dec 5, 2005
10,091
Sand Lake, NY
Well hey Velvet! How ya doin? Windhager still good?
Well hey yourself. Haven't run the Windhager in a couple years because of what I thought oil prices were, but they're going up. It's ready to go, though. The six tons of pellets in the basement still seem good-it's a dry basement. That reminds me: I have to clean and service the oil boiler and clean out the wood insert's flue.

I just got a standby generator. I don't think the pellet boiler would have that much residual heat in an outage, like a wood boiler, but I'll be ready for it, regardless, lol.

Looking at those guys move the 1000 gal propane tank to the back yard reminded me of my original plan of a wood gasifier, and getting a tank that size through the walkout basement door!
 

Tennman

Minister of Fire
Mar 4, 2009
991
Southern Tenn
I don't know what I'd do without running the Windhager. House is so much warmer vs running propane or heat pump. Love our boiler. I haven't been following here for year... but you now have 10,000 POSTS! geez! What's the word on Windhager. People here still like them? Marc Caluwe is I guess still the U.S. rep. I can't tell how many units Windhager is selling. I'm helping a friend research pellet boilers to heat his old house. Surprised you're not running the pellet to save expenses.

cheers
 

Mr._Graybeard

Feeling the Heat
Apr 27, 2012
367
Southeast Wisconsin
Pellets are definitely cheaper than fuel out here in the Great Lakes, but you have to shop around. I just loaded up for $210/ton. The regular season price is $235, but some big-box stores want $250 for pretty mediocre stock. I'll roast 6 tons this season in my Harman.
 

Tennman

Minister of Fire
Mar 4, 2009
991
Southern Tenn
Just checked. $200/ton here from the pellet factory in TN. I'll burn a little more than you Mr GB...... in southern TN..... I guarantee my 170 YO house is vastly less efficient than yours in Wisconsin. If my old place was up in your woods, I'd be burning 12 tons and be thankful to be burning pellets! Cheers
 

Mr._Graybeard

Feeling the Heat
Apr 27, 2012
367
Southeast Wisconsin
Just checked. $200/ton here from the pellet factory in TN. I'll burn a little more than you Mr GB...... in southern TN..... I guarantee my 170 YO house is vastly less efficient than yours in Wisconsin. If my old place was up in your woods, I'd be burning 12 tons and be thankful to be burning pellets! Cheers

My farmhouse is only 130 years old, but it's a yellow brick that's common in these parts. Maybe that holds in the heat. My friend likes to say that heating these old farmsteads is like heating a corn crib.
 
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Tennman

Minister of Fire
Mar 4, 2009
991
Southern Tenn
Velvet, If ok with you if my friend Matt connects with you to ask about residential sized Windhagers. Matt started a newbie thread here. I think he's now down to between the Froling vs Windhager.

Matt, meet Velvet. I'm gonna guess you will have similarly sized boilers. Cheers
 

velvetfoot

Minister of Fire
Dec 5, 2005
10,091
Sand Lake, NY
Sure, but like I said, I haven't used it in a few years, and I haven't really put that many hours on it. If he's near me he can come over and check out my fabulous install. Of course, that would probably mean I'll have to start it up, lol. Hope it won't be too creaky.
 

Pellet Boiler

New Member
Oct 3, 2021
1
The Shire
Hi all, first post. I just bought a house with a MESYS/okofen autopellet something or other pellet boiler with a 4 ton hopper.

It’s the main source of heat without any oil or propane backup.

Not sure what I don’t know yet and I’m sure I’ll have a few questions regarding cleaning and keeping it running. I had a indoor gasser with 1000 Gallons of storage that heated my last house trouble free for 11 or 12 years. So this pellet thing seems easy in comparison!
 
Oct 15, 2020
153
New Hampshire
Sorry this took so long. Let me know if you want any specific photos.

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Oct 1, 2013
20
You’re definitely not wrong there. The contender from MEsys hits 77% and the Windhagen is even a bit lower than that at around 65% (not looking at exact numbers). Pretty wild that some are 50% and that’s considered efficient at all....


I'll add it's worth noting all these efficiencies were done without thermal storage. I've read positives and negatives on the topic but what's interesting is MEsys is the only company who really doesn't suggest thermal storage. The companies that do suggest thermal storage seem to be the ones with lower efficiency ratings which makes me wonder how all of that comes into play.
The reason the 20Kw Mesys boiler is rated at 77% efficiency is the way the EPA forces the rating to be at low fire, (mostly). The efficiency at nominal output is actually 80.4%. This is lab confirmed, NOT manufacturer. Their larger units are higher also. 83.7%for the 32Kw unit and 86+% for the 56Kw model.