owb heating options

symonds86 Posted By symonds86, Apr 24, 2017 at 9:02 PM

  1. symonds86

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    Hello i am new to the forum, and have a few questions i would like some opinions on. My wife an i bought a 20x30 2 story log cabin a couple years ago and it is heated with a hearth stone wood stove with 2 rinnia? wall mount propane heaters as backup, so the house has no furnace, vents or ducting now. I have aquired and owb and need to figure out hoe to heat with it i was thinking radiant floor hear but the home is on piers and i will have to take 1" tongue and groove off the bottom of the whole house and remove the insulation to installl. Also my sub floors are 2x6 tongue and groove with hard wood on top is that to think for radiant? thanks for any help or suggestions
     
  2. Karl_northwind

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    hydronic panel radiators. thats nearly always my first suggestion in a retrofit.
     
  3. NateB

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    What kind of boiler is it? Are you living here year round?

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  4. maple1

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    Could also try finding some good used cast iron rads. The old time type. They put out heat.

    Along with other things, you will also need a heat exchanger, and very good underground piping - get the right stuff or you will likely be sorry. It costs $10+ per foot and is usually the most overlooked important aspect that people short cut on.
     
  5. symonds86

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    thanks for the replies we do live here year round, i will look into the things you have mentioned and i will go with good pipe i have seen to many examples of people not doing it to convince me. Its a wood master 4400
     
  6. JohnDolz

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    Any chance you have an unfinished basement that you do not use? A friend of mine heats a 3500 sqft single level ranch with an OWB by simply super heating the basement with a hydronic blower. Understand it might be trickier with 2 floors. Good luck!
     
  7. salecker

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    Hi
    I have a 2 story log house on a basement.
    I have a wood boiler in a out building with storage.We have cast iron rads with TRV's in our house...AWESOME...
    It's like having a bunch of little wood stoves around the house.Ours is around 1100sq ft per floor.Last winter was a colder than normal winter.I still have a couple more rads i want to plumb in,but at the moment we just have 2 14 row rads that heat the main part of the house.These take care of most of the main floor,our daughters bedroom and bathroom have their own smaller rads.The ceiling is 25 ft to the ridge beam in the main area of the house.And we have separate rads in our insulated loft/bathroom.By insulating our loft bedroom/bathroom from the rest of the house we can maintain a cooler sleeping area.
    If i ever build another home it will have cast iron rads as a heat source,don't even have to think about it.
     

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