Hi. I've installed the piping in the concrete slab of my new shop and
am wondering about an alternative way of heating the glycol. The
boiler systems are fairly expensive. I know of some people who have
used hot water tanks to heat the fluid. Has anyone here had any
experience with this type of installation? The shop is 24' X 20' and
it has 4 loops of tubing. Any info or rundown of equipment required
would be helpful. Thanks.
We heated the floor of a pig pen in IL. with a water heater and a small
circulation pump. It worked well. Can't say if a boiler would be more
efficient or not. The thing that bothers me is: I can understand wanting a
warm floor, but is it a good way to heat the shop? I'm guessing it depends
on how cold it gets in your area??
A WH would work okay, provided you have the necessary BTU's to supply the
heat. An average WH is between 35K and 40K input. If your heat loss is
more than that, it won't keep up.
A boiler is a more efficient way to heat the water.
Not catching the drift. Do you use a woodstove to heat your glycol or
are you suggesting I get one? Getting one seems kind of pointless
since I'd have to always keep it stoked to make sure the shop was
In which case it doesn't matter what he meant. You're not able/ willing to
stoke it so it's a null point (no offense intended there). Keep it simple
and go with the water heaters. A friend in the western hills of PA uses
three of them to do different zones in his huge shop (40'x60' I believe).
On 27 Mar 2006 05:44:24 -0800, email@example.com wrote:
Might want to ask this over in rec.woodworking
You mostly need to figure out if a water heater can supply enough
heat, and that depends on how cold it gets, how well insulated the
shop is, number of windows and doors, etc.
Been there, done that. In our experience you have only one choice.
Install on demand tankless water heater. The one that we use is called
"Luna Baxi". It has the capacity to heat the floor and the hot water at
the same time. Check out:
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