I have just installed an outdoor wood boiler. There is a heat exchanger in
my forced air furnace, and it is hooked into my water heater. I also want to
use it for hot water baseboard heat in the basement.
Can anyone recommend a vendor for baseboard heaters? Does any one have any
suggestions for sizing of hot water baseboard heaters? I will have 180
degree water circulating through it continuously, and am concerned about
making it too hot.
If I recall what Hot used to say, stand across the street
with a rolled up Playboy in a cone shape.
1/2" eyesight, when the house fits in the cones view
measure that diameter at the large end.
Then put in a 130,000 BTU boiler into any single
family house whether they want one or not.
Put all hydronics on the length of outside walls
and under windows and that's about there is to know.
The Playboy rag and a ruler is just a prop to make folks
think you know about scientific stuff.
I think you better get a grasp on what you want to do before you do it.
Sounds as if you don't have a clue with your statements above.
Before anyone can help, information must be supplied as to what you
have, what your trying to accomplish, what you have to work with thats
existing, how much money you want to or are willing to spend, your
ability to comprehend what we are trying to say and explain, etc.
There are quite a few of these systems out there but only a handfull
operate the way they should or could. It's really a shame most people
spend all that money and don't hire a professional skilled in the field
to design a system that will be safe, trouble free and work efficently.
You get what you pay for
You won't get what you should unless you pay for.
It takes a awful amont of work, learning and experience to deliver the
Please be prepared to pay for some one else his "lifetime" involvement.
If you have an understanding about these matters, searching through
forums can be benefitting. But you must do that yourself.
Don't expect the solution to be presented just like that!
A wood fired/ solid fuel boiler will not shut down at the flick of a
He also states he wants to heat domestic hot water and he has a coil in
his furnace which would make it forced air.
We're talking more then one circulator here and we didn't even mention
a dump zone.
How about anti freeze in the system, what happens if it's allowed to
Bringing a 180 degree water to the house in a primary manifold is the
way to go with a primary circulator that circulates through the loop
all the time. Then distribute with independent zones to the furnace
coil, domestic hot water heat exchanger, basement heat, etc.
There are quite a few people on this board who could help him out, but
can't or won't even bother trying to help until he gives up more
I think unless you are simultaneously heating a farmhouse and a barn or
workshop,the outdoor wood boilers waste wood like crazy but that is
Maybe there have been some refinements but they typically have to get
rid of the heat. They will constantly circulate water and an aquastat
senses a drop in the circulating water temperature and opens a
combustion air damper, maybe they have a blower that starts.
Used to see them loaded up with 4 foot logs and basically smolder all
day, go through at least twice the wood needed to heat a simple home.
Its not like gas or oil when you light a burner then shut it off when
the heat call ends.
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