Our Combi Boiler has just died after a good life of 16 years. We've had
a local plumber round to quote for a replacement and to cut a long story
short, the new regulations mean it's going to cost around £2700 for
installing just the boiler.
So, we've decided to go away from "wet" central heating to electric
panel heaters (all individually timed), storage heaters and a wood
burning stove with back boiler for hot water. It's this last item that
I want to check my understanding on.
I see the domestic hot water as having three separate water "circuits".
The following is based on my memory and some details from the stove
manufacturer, so please correct me if I have got anything wrong.
1. Heating circuit. This is a thermal siphon from the back boiler (22mm
pipe). It is connected between the boiler and the indirect coil in the
hot water cylinder. There is a cold feed from a 4 gallon tank to keep
the water level topped up (15mm pipe). There is also a pressure relief
valve. The tank is fed using 15mm pipe at mains pressure to a ball valve.
2. Domestic Hot Water
This comes out from the top of the cylinder in 22mm pipe and feeds the
domestic hot water. There is an "overflow" in 15mm that feeds back to
the water tank in the loft (in case it gets too hot and needs to
expand). (Is there a special fitting needed at the top of the tank, I
vaguely remember something...)
3. Cold water feed. This is in 22mm pipe from a 42 gallon tank in the
loft that feeds to the bottom of the hot water tank. (42 gallon was
chosen as the hot water cylinder is estimated to be around 36 gallon).
The tank is fed using 15mm pipe at mains pressure to a ball valve.
There will also be an electric immersion for when the boiler is not running.
The loft floor is literally that, it has been designed as a floor (I
live in a three storey Victorian Terrace). The tank will be sited in
the eaves, where there are no floorboards. Should I use a sheet of
timber to spread the load across the joists?
Is there anything that I have got wrong, or have missed?