Ever think about a pellet boiler? Clean burning, cheap to run, direct vent(no chimney)...I was...WAS a wood burner and will never go back...No Hyjack intendedI am moving to New Hampshire and will be in the market for an outdoor wood boiler. Central boiler looks interesting but man they are expensive. It needs to be epa phase 2 certif. What about Wood Doctor? So much conflicting info on the web. Thanks
Been there did that,,, OWB, gasification boiler with thermal storage and now back to a wood stove in the house... Just remember the work you do handling wood for one year would get you three years in regular wood stove.. Get use to saying I have to get back home to load my wood boiler,,, no going away in the winter or you have to drain the system, then your looking at major rust... power goes out, hope the generator stays running because if you have a circulator outside on your boiler inside the cabinet that's a breeze point. If your not feeling good,, guess what, you still have to load the boiler....come home late at night from work, nasty blowing out, you still have to load the boiler.. Your going to basically become a slave to the boiler... you'll look and see that you don;t have the wood on hand that you needed... then you realize the stove is not heating up because the great big load you put in is too wet, your tired want to go to bed but realize by the morning you'll have no heat... you will see for yourself... Like I say do what you want but I had 7 years under my belt dealing with an OWB... I moved and could have bought another boiler, knowing just what I would want,,,, no thanks, now I have no water , circulators, controllers, or water treatment chemicals to deal with,, Just a wood stove and wood... Hey and I get to watch my work burning in front of me and get that pleasant warm heat from my wood stove...Plus I can cook on mine as well...Good luck....People who have OWB will tell you their the best because they stuck with it...My neighbor had a Wood Doctor ,, ate wood big time,,, he never thought so or would admit it until half way through the winter he was sweating bullets because he was almost out of wood... I burned 10-12 cords he must have burned 14-16 , he even had two big roll off dumpsters of locust delivered and they were gone after 3 months...Even though your wood is free, be ready to handle a lot of wood...Good luck in what ever you decide!I have an unlimited supply of firewood so the wood is free except for the work.
That's been my experience as well. Didn't realize how much solar gain I was getting when I was burning oil. And my house was not built to take advantage of it. Just a happy coincidence that the road was running the right direction when the builder dug the foundation to line up with it.I've been amazed at how little heat is required on a cold but sunny winter day.
Flyingcow and I have a near identical setup. The way to go IMHO. No matter what way you go.. START CUTTING AND SPLITTING Wood burns, water doesn't. It takes YEARS after being split to remove most all of the water from wood. Don't listen to people who don't know. It's SCIENCE man! Get a moisture meter and teach thyself!my gasser is next door in my garage. thermal storage in the basement. before install, baout the same $$$'s as an E-classic. burns less wood than an OWB. Put my wood on pallets right off of the splitter. minimal handling. My neighbor and good friend has an E-classic. burns dry wood maintains it like he should. still smokes.
Enjoy the site. Go split your wood. Put up at least 10 cord soon. No matter whether you buy a gasser or OWB, you need seasoned wood.
Oh did I get lucky too! I get great winter sun.. but... summer sun comes in both sides of the living room. BIG wall of windows on both sides. Central air going in this year. Methinks the sucker is gonna take some juice!That's been my experience as well. Didn't realize how much solar gain I was getting when I was burning oil. And my house was not built to take advantage of it. Just a happy coincidence that the road was running the right direction when the builder dug the foundation to line up with it.