Before going out of town just shut the valves to the tank.Hey all, I'm looking at purchasing a Biomass 40 combo wood/oil boiler. I'm trying to understand how to setup the system to have 1000 gallons of storage that is heated only by the wood, and if the oil kicks in while out of town, the oil will not heat the water in the storage tank. Does anyone have a setup they would be willing to share? Is there a control line coming from the boiler that can be used to close a valve? If Tenneman still visits this, do you have any suggestions of whether you advise storage or not? I notice you mention you do not have any, wanted to see if it is worth it, or maybe I should do without for now. Thanks for the help guys. Great information on this site.
Glad that helped... First I ever took that panel loose... Sorry the second picture is sideways.woodmaster you rock! I would have never gotten that, I was trying to use the two pieces as a linkage combination. one is the lever, the other to connect the spring.... cant thank you enough
I'd close the shutter most the way. That will help with the coals blowing threw.successful weekend! I am plumbed, wired and piped to the chimney. small first fire, wanted to circulate to storage to remove the air. was not gassing on the old settings, secondary was wide open and primary 1/4. changed to 75% open on primary and 20% on secondary with air shutter wide open. had orange gasification flame but a fair amount of coal blowing out through the nozzle. very small load of wood though. try another fire tonight with some adjustments to get better secondary burn.
Big old Victorian with 10' ceilings and thirty something 3'X7' windows. We only use half of it except when we have house guests but it isn't insulated between the rooms we use and those we don't (been meaning to do that for the last 40 years or so) and also heating my offices behind the house. We are at the northwest corner of the Adirondack mountains with weather as severe as any in the lower 48. Not unusual for it to be 25-40 below zero with 30 mph winds for weeks on end. Our heat loss is just south of 280K. That said, with the warmer winters we've had from the late 80's until last year the Econoburn 150 was enough for all but 3 weeks or so of each winter. I went with the 80 to increase the burn time and ensure we would have some reserve if the winters reverted to the historic average.An 80 Wow. How big's your home? Are you running storage? Do a search on bridging. There was a really good thread on that topic last season. Last winter was really cold for us so the BioMass ran hot and hard most of the time which resulted in far less bridging than usual for us. See if you can find that old post because it discussed many issues including how to stack, moisture content, etc. But you will learn how to feed your 80 with time. If the "FUEL" shutdown can be disabled you could read how in the RK2001 manual downloaded from the New Horizons site.
Thanks 91LMS, you are correct in that it will be a hard dicipline to keep, gosh darn that's small. But if it works…… OK, I split a half cord down to the recommended size this afternoon and just filled the 80 for the night. Takes quite a bundle of those toothpicksI have read here the basic rule of thumb for wood size with the bio's is to keep the ends of your splits no bigger than playing card size.... I have found already with mine that straight smaller splits gasify better as well as eliminate bridging and give much better output..... splitting that small was a hard discipline to keep during the 18 cords I processed this summer!
Do dearly love the big old white elephants. At this stage of my life it would be nice to downsize but have been here for over 40 years and also dearly love being here on the farm. Our buildings sit roughly in the center of 250 acres (driveway is 8/10 of a mile). The privacy and quiet are irreplaceable; not something I would give up willingly.JA, Sorry, been a while since I checked into this Sticky. I have to agree that smaller splits on the bottom allows building of a healthy coal bed more consistently. So I do place smaller splits on the bottom then stack ~softball cross-section splits. I have my splitter sitting in my boiler barn so I can build a pile of smaller splits that's handy to the boiler. Experiment with the fan speed also. Sometimes a slower fan speed reduces aggressive blow thrus. Much to learn.
We must have a similar love of big, old homes. Much of our home is un-insulated. We only heat the downstairs with the boiler which keeps the upstairs nice for sleeping but chilly in the morning. But we have the advantage of a 37*F mean winter temp here in southern Tennessee. I just fired our boiler for the first time last nite and starting the learning/debugging of our new storage system.