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    Experience with, and opinions of, outdoor wood boilers.

    Iíve been researching HVAC options. I want to have radiant floor heating servicing the basement and 1st floor. I am thinking that an outdoor wood boiler, with a hot water tank as a backup (and providing DHW - http://www.radiantec.com/systems-sources/systems.php), is a viable option.
    A friend of mine helped install an outdoor wood boiler and he swears by them. They cost 5 grand plus (a nat gas boiler is 7k plus though) but also advertise burn times of 48hrs in a well-insulated home.
    I am also thinking I could add the wood boiler after the fact, and live simply on the H2O tank at first Ė to spread the costs out while building.

    Thoughts?

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    LHBA Member rckclmbr428's Avatar
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    I'm looking at the same thing for my permanent home
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    I don't know if things improved in the last few years, but they were getting a bad reputation of being terribly inefficient.
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    I may well try combining the HAHSA (Mother Earth News, IIRC) with a masonry heater design (http://www.mha-net.org/) to maximize efficiency, and still keep flames outside the home.

    In a nutshell, hot smoke zig zags back and forth in masonry (brick or stone), as it does a good masonry heater. But like a HAHSA, sand surrounds all the brick or stone, and coiled in the sand is copper tubing.
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    Well a close friend of mine helped a friend of his install a wood boiler, and he seems to be totally sold on the idea. I am going to try and meet with the owner of the unit and pick his brain and see his setup.

    He recommended using Central Boiler as the make as they are top quality.

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    For me the efficiency isn't the big selling point, it's not having to carry all the wood into the house before burning it. I live in the middle of the largest deciduous forest on earth, if I have to burn an extra cord a year it'll cost me an extra mornings worth of work to cut and split it. My friend has one that heats his house, his pool, and his garage as well as his hot water tank. He has a deal with a local tree company that they can dump wood on his land for free. He just splits it and puts it in
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    ... He has a deal with a local tree company that they can dump wood on his land for free. He just splits it and puts it in
    wow ! what a deal!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rckclmbr428 View Post
    For me the efficiency isn't the big selling point, it's not having to carry all the wood into the house before burning it. I live in the middle of the largest deciduous forest on earth, if I have to burn an extra cord a year it'll cost me an extra mornings worth of work to cut and split it. My friend has one that heats his house, his pool, and his garage as well as his hot water tank. He has a deal with a local tree company that they can dump wood on his land for free. He just splits it and puts it in
    I am looking at the same type of system...several builders who all claim super efficiency and big burn barrels. Burns 99% efficient! or so the story goes. I have a friend who will deliver logs to my property. The barrel will hold over two foot logs and to stuff 3 or 4 in it should work well. I will heat my home, my shop and I have thought of running a station partially down my driveway, close to my garage entrance. I will weigh that line out. in the home, registers monitor the heat which I continually hear is different from convective heating systems. All this and I am still gathering as much info as I can to do the best job conceivable...one time.
    I will continue to monitor conversations, attend classes and attain as much information as possible.

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    and I have been told you can burn any type od wood green or not however like Ronnie stated, make sure you got the annual wood pile in check, it does take work, can't wait to see how many cords I can use to heat my place with the blaze king.

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    I've burned a whole deer carcass, minus the hams in his. It felt very gangster/mob like shoving it in.....
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