Small house Boiler setup

RonJon1190 Posted By RonJon1190, Jan 2, 2018 at 4:56 PM

  1. sportbikerider78

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    Dude,,I think you're looking for a lot of work with little return. Why not just work on loading your stove properly for the proper heat load? Would that not be soooooo much easier then a wood boiler install?
     
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  2. Bad LP

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    I think that we both know the tank is one of the strongest parts of the system.
     
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    That was my initial thought when I saw the size of the house. Just the cost of the plumbing components would take years to pay back.
     
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    Agree!

    Ever seen a failed copper 90 that had been warn thin by water flow. Did it explode? No it just pissed.
     
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    LOL. Depends on what direction it pissed in and for how long.

    Down here in MA at a very large home I manage had two back to back solder joints fail (pissing). After ripping out the damaged ceilings, soffits, lighting, wall cabinets, drying, repairs and finish painting were complete a second joint failed less than 24" away from the first. Got to do it all over again but at least we didn't have to rip out the new work. It just happened to piss all over the electrical sub panel for a few days until water stains were noticed . The space was open for weeks with zero evidence of any other leaks!! Murphy's law I guess.

    I've been managing high end residential property full time for coming up on 28 years. My level of taking risks is low and I don't cut corners or micromanage. It's not how I'm wired.
     
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  6. RonJon1190

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    I'm starting to think you are right. Like I had said before, I have no experience with wood boilers, and you guys brought up a lot of good points. Realistically I go through about 1.5 cord of wood a year with the stove, and I guess that that covers about 80% of my heating needs. I also burn about 200 gallons of oil all year, which takes up the slack when the stove is not producing heat and also takes care of domestic hot water. I suppose when I factor in all the costs, and not just the cost of the boiler, it really does not make any sense. I am sure that i will go through a LOT more firewood, and I will still burn oil on the off season.

    I will definitely look back into a boiler with storage when I move into a bigger house, because I love the concept of heating entirely with wood.
     
  7. sardo_67

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    if you really want to heat the crawlspace building your own heat exchange to add onto your current wood stove would be your best bet.

    if you use 1.5 a year then a boiler would be very pointless unless you get everything and installed for free, even then it would be like buying a loaded 4dr F-550 just to tow a flat bottom 15ft bass boat.
     
  8. RonJon1190

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    But have you seen the new F550s? Lol. ==c

    Do you have any experience with building a heat exchanger for an existing stove? I did a little looking this afternoon, and I haven't seen too many good things said about adding a hot water coil to a stove.
     
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    no i don't but i have seen some before, either a coil inside the fire box or copper wrapped around the single wall exit stove pipe then letting it circulate on its own or adding a pump.

    not saying its amazing or will cost $5 and give you nice 80* floors instantly but as a tinkering side project may be worth it. i have part of my house with heated floor that i put in on the basement ceiling and it's really damn nice, after i walk out of the living room down the hall it goes from 80 to like 50 and sucks lol.

    i found a small 40 or 50K BTU modine heater that i will install in the basement to keep it around 75 or so and warm the floors that way once i get my system working the way i want.
     
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    Just be aware that if you are pumping hot air into a relatively unheated and uninsulated crawlspace, get ready for condensation...and then mold.
     
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