If you lose power the Kuuma can be powered by a generator and also with power supplied by wind or solar. . Check out their website for videos on installation on ductwork.I am considering a Heat Commander and Kuuma 100 for a new ranch home that I am building myself. First question would be, do either of these run if you lose power for an extended time. Second question, running ductwork yourself a possibility?
Some supply houses will design the system for you if you are buying from them...Menards will do it too, but I've never had them do it, so no idea how in depth they get with it...The thing with ductwork is it really needs to be designed to match the flow in the equipment. Velocities need to be calculated and system resistance should be factored in
I DIY'd a Heat Commander and ducting install this summer using the information provided in the manual to establish duct sizes, run lengths, clearances etc. It was pretty straight forward, I would definitely recommend a second set of hands while installing and a discussion with an HVAC pro to insure the system is properly set up and balanced. Note - my location in BC exempts wood burning appliances from permit requirements, this is NOT the case in most jurisdictions.I am considering a Heat Commander and Kuuma 100 for a new ranch home that I am building myself. First question would be, do either of these run if you lose power for an extended time. Second question, running ductwork yourself a possibility?
To me the best of both worlds would be a furnace for normal use and a free standing stove for power outages, and occasional "fire TV"...unless maybe you could design the house around the stove to the point it would heat the whole place well...if doing that I think I would want to go with a high end stove though...like a soapstone lined cat stove, something like that...I had been thinking that if I could rely on furnace alone that I might be able to eliminate stove and go with costlier KUUMA. Once again, thanks for all your insight.
That would be ok if you are just trying to satisfy the banks requirements for "automatic heat"...but beware that when any kind of electric resistance heat runs, it makes your electric meter spin like a turbine engine! I'd hate to have to use that much if you weren't able to make firewood any longer...some major change in life like that...Also wondering if forced air electric hooked up with wood furnace might be the way to go