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Re: Fire chief wood furnace

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LOU from Wi.

12-12-2012 20:28:14

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Rob, There is a company in Minnesota that manufactures wood and wood/oil and wood/gas combo furnaces. I've added a link for you to look at as a alternative and for some information. A friend of mine used one,when his wife had MS. He filled it with wood before work in the morning and let the oil take over at night. A little pricey, but for him it was worth it. My opinion is it's easier to do alot of shopping around before making a choice.
We use straight wood in our furnace in our house for main heat, and a new lennox oil furnace for backup,until the oil prices goes back to being reasonable,which I doubt,but always keep a few gallons in the tank for back-up or for when we clean the wood flue.
Hope the information helps.
Regards. LOU

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12-13-2012 05:28:20

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 Re: Fire chief wood furnace in reply to LOU from Wi., 12-12-2012 20:28:14  
I checked out the charmaster site and they are pricey, but I feel all the wood burning boilers, and furnaces are expensive. The manufactures want to cash in on what you are saving in fuel also. I have a Buderus wood boiler that new today costs over $5,000 it does not come with any controls, but it is all cast iron. I don't have any complaints. I just need to figure out how to plumb together the oil and wood boilers to make them work efficiently.

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Adirondack case guy

12-13-2012 08:34:13

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 Re: Fire chief wood furnace in reply to JOB, 12-13-2012 05:28:20  

Here is a simplified sketch on how to tie your Wood Boiler to your Oil Boiler. It should be self explanitory.
Your Buderus WB should be able to be equiped with An Aquastat to control your water temp. with in reason. It may either vary draft, or cycle a combustion fan.(didn't check). The sketch is presuming that you have multiple zone pumps, but if valves, you will have a single circulator pump between the oil boiler and Distribution Manifold. The aquastat controling the circulator on the WB can also be tweeked, depending upon the type of radiation you have. There are also some other issues with this system that need to be addressed if you have low temp radiant heat, like I have, but I won't get into that. You may also have to put in a bigger expansion tank ???
A safty note:: make sure your P&T valves are in working order, and also the pressure and backflow preventer is working.
Loren the Acg.

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12-13-2012 16:05:08

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 Re: Fire chief wood furnace in reply to Adirondack case guy, 12-13-2012 08:34:13  
Loren thanks for the sketch. I see what you have done. I use four zone valves so I would need another circulating pump if I was to plumb by your sketch. I am going to add two zones of in floor heat And I am not sure if I would use zone valves or add two additional circulating pumps.

I have a drawing of how I want to plumb and wire the two boilers and only use one pump. Would you be willing to look at that and give suggestions. I need to put together a better explanation of what I am doing.

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Adirondack case guy

12-13-2012 17:32:02

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 Re: Fire chief wood furnace in reply to JOB, 12-13-2012 16:05:08  
JOB, You can E-mail me at

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12-14-2012 02:40:42

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 Re: Fire chief wood furnace in reply to Adirondack case guy, 12-13-2012 17:32:02  
Thanks Loren, I will do that.

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