Running Boiler During Power Outage

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The electric code dictates that you must use a device like the Reliance Controls TF151W. Reasonably priced and certainly easy enough to install.
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On 9/11/2011 1:42 PM, Nikola Tesla wrote:

That is pretty much exactly what Tom just described. I have to admit, the Reliance unit will be cheaper
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wrote:

Time for my reminder in case the OP didn't think about this. Think about how many times you might have an outage in the winter. Think about if there's old folks who need good heat to prevent hypothermia. And about freezing pipes, and what you need for heat on a "temporary" basis.
Consider the final cost and maintenance of all this - generator, UPS or otherwise to power your furnace. Switching, possible electrician cost, possible permits. Keeping gasoline or diesel around if you go that way. Starting her up on a regular basis to make sure she runs when needed. But you won't be sure until you need it.
Then know that you can hook up a small 30k btu or better natural gas space heater on the floor or wall next to the furnace for maybe 200 bucks. No electric needed. Heat moves up from the basement. Depending on your kitchen range, you can get another 20-45k btu there.
Not saying a generator doesn't have plenty of other uses. But just for temporary furnace heat to prevent people and pipes from freezing, there's better ways.
--Vic
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