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Re: Fire chief wood furnace

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12-12-2012 12:35:35

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I"m heating a ten bedroom, 4671 sq foot house mostly with a Quadra Fire, fire place insert pellet stove. I say mostly as I did have my furnace come on one time this years so far. Last year it cost me just over $1000.00 for pellets. Way easier than wood. Very pleased.

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12-12-2012 15:01:39

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 Re: Fire chief wood furnace in reply to jlray, 12-12-2012 12:35:35  
I am a big proponent of Wood Pellet Heating Appliances. That being said, unless you live in a very temporate area of the country, you are misleading people here.
The biggest, Quad insert is rated at 52,400 BTUs/Hr. Max and capable of heating 1300-2900sq.ft. (Their rating)
Quick Rule of Thumb for figuring heat loss in a home, here in NY. is this .
Cu.Ft heat loss (full cellar) 1.55BTUs/ Cu.Ft/Hr.
Cu.Ft heat loss (first floor) 2.40Btus/ Cu.Ft/Hr.
These numbers based on the asumption that the home has R19 insulation in walls, (2x6 construction, or (R Max over 2x4 insulated wall sheathing) and R38 ceiling insulation. Modern thermo pain windows are also in the calculation, and all is based on ambient winter low temps @ -15F. It's not oncommon to see -30F here, but that is a spike.
Figure out your homes Sq.Ft. , plug in the figures I posted here, and you will have an idea of how big a heating appliance you need. If I was installing a complete system in a home I would have to do a room by room analisis, to determine, how to make the home confortable.
Loren, the Acg.

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12-13-2012 06:04:18

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 Re: Fire chief wood furnace in reply to Adirondack case guy, 12-12-2012 15:01:39  
Loren: This is what I have. A three level house. First floor: three bedrooms, 1 full bathroom. a room with washer dryer. water tank, water heater, and a 26 X 30 non finished room. This floor is mostly a storage area and the storage room has no heat. The second floor: kitchen, three full size bathrooms, entry room, three bedrooms, dinning room. The pellet insert is in the dinning room. The living room, dinning room, kitchen, entry room are basclly one big room. Third floor: one full bathroom, four bedrooms, a hall way thats 8 feet wide and 72 feet long. I do have 2x6 walls and the house was new in 2004, so I think its fairly tight and insulated well. I have been in it since july 2011. This is my second heating season. The first floor is mostly a storage space and it is cooler their. I don't know the temp but I would guess 60. The second floor was 72 at 7:00 and 68 last night at 11;00 which is typical. the third floor runs 62 to 65 which is nice for sleeping. Heat on the third floor get their by way of open door up the steps. I am located 25 miles norht of Indiana Michigan state line. It was in the 20's last night. I'm not saying your figures are wrong, as All I know is the Quarda Fire stove is kicking A$$. I do have a 500 gal propane tank which full last year before heating season. I had it refilled in Aug. it was half empty. My 100 gallon water heater and gas grill is on that as well. So yes I did use some gas last year, but so far this year the furnace has only been on one time. I do set the heat down during the day but not typically at night. I'm very pleased with what I have.

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