[Homestead] Wood-fired water heating
genegerue at ruralize.com
Thu Oct 23 18:20:33 EDT 2008
On Oct 23, 2008, at 3:00 PM, bob ford wrote:
> Gene, I found these (6) listed in countryside. I have no idea if
> one or more will have what you need. .....bobford
Bob, thank you for making that effort. These are all big home-heating
units intended to be installed outside the home and are very expensive
to a homesteader mindset. They send heat to the house via water in
insulated pipes. I bought plans to build one--it may have been called
Hhasa or something like that--several decades ago. Should I decide on
that design I would build it and save thousands.
Years ago a builder friend built a house for a lady who wanted hot
water heated by wood. I looked at the unit and it was not much bigger
than a typical electric- or gas-fired water heater that all urban
houses use. Looked like a skinny upright cast iron heating stove.
That's what I am looking for.
The thing about the big units, other than the multiple-thousand-dollar
price, is that they are designed for winter. They will heat a house
plus provide domestic hot water. But hot water is needed year round.
To keep throwing wood into these big units would be pretty inefficient
from about April through October at Heartwood.
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