HX Question

grego Posted By grego, Mar 18, 2008 at 12:37 AM

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  1. grego

    New Member 2.

    Mar 10, 2008
    Western NY
    I live in Western NY, am new to this website, forum, and central heating with wood (my wife and I have years experience heating and cooking with wood stoves--- old hippies). I will have a wood/coal system for next season and invite offers for a smaller wood/coal boiler that any of you may have to sell. I have acquired a 500 gallon milk bulk tank to use for heat storage and am wondering if the bunch of old and new baseboard fin tubes that I have in the cellar would be suitable as the basis for my HX. Thanks to all of you for my education so far.
  2. Eric Johnson

    Eric Johnson
    Mod Emeritus 2.

    Nov 18, 2005
    Central NYS
    Welcome to the Boiler Room, grego. I think we've got more than a few old hippies hanging around here--whether they'll admit it or not.

    I'd look at local classifieds and on Ebay for used boilers. You can pick up some old Tarms (particularly if you don't mind driving to Vermont or NH) for pretty cheap. Make sure they hold pressure before you do the deal. And, somebody around here looking to upgrade might bite.

    The only concern I've heard about fin-tube baseboard as a hx element is that you might have problem with copper and aluminum sitting in the same pool of water. Opinions vary on that, and I'm the wrong guy to ask. My current untested fave would be cast iron radiators.
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