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Re: Fire chief wood furnace

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Posted by Adirondack case guy on December 12, 2012 at 15:01:39 from (

In Reply to: Re: Fire chief wood furnace posted by jlray on December 12, 2012 at 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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