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Old 10-29-2016, 03:36 PM   #21
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Something occured to me today, while I was sitting in the bus making plans. What sort of water heating system pairs best with wood-burning stoves? Is everyone with a wood stove still tied down to propane/gas for water?
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Old 10-29-2016, 05:20 PM   #22
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Not really sure how you'd get that to work..... you'd need a heat transfer coil (sorta like a reverse radiator) and a pump to push the water through it..... the placement of the transfer coil would be the trick. The downside, of course, is it would only work when you're using the wood stove... which means you would still need electric or LP for other times.

Now, using this to create a heated floor... that would be SO useful. No extra electric or LP wasted, if anything you're using heat that would otherwise go up the flue. And chances are if you don't need the stove you wouldn't need the heated floor either so no backup system needed.
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Something occured to me today, while I was sitting in the bus making plans. What sort of water heating system pairs best with wood-burning stoves? Is everyone with a wood stove still tied down to propane/gas for water?
You can add a coil of copper tubing around the flue and through the use of tanks, and most importantly, pressure relief valves, you could effectively make a boiler. You could then use that to heat your space...

You just have to make sure you don't over-pressure your tank because you are making some incredible pressures when you start turning water to steam...
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Quick question about wood stoves (and this may have come up in another thread but it's late and I'm lazy): Is it practical if you work outside the home all day? or do you worry about pipes freezing because you are gone for 9 hours or so and are not stoking the wood stove?

I love a wood fire, but am considering a catalytic propane heater like an Olympian Wave 6. Thoughts?
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Quick question about wood stoves (and this may have come up in another thread but it's late and I'm lazy): Is it practical if you work outside the home all day? or do you worry about pipes freezing because you are gone for 9 hours or so and are not stoking the wood stove?

I love a wood fire, but am considering a catalytic propane heater like an Olympian Wave 6. Thoughts?
I have an Olympian 8 and a small stove. I use propane when it's available and switch to wood if it's convenient.
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I plan on installing a direct vent model lp heater, too many things about them non vented heaters I don't like, its still putting out some nasty stuff. nothing burns perfect and whatever it does put out will build up over time.my dogs are on the floor which is the worst area to be in. as far as a wood stove, if I plan on staying somewhere that has a good supply of wood ill just buy a used one from a local and stick the pipe out a window. hopefully with all the insulation and windows blocked off I wont go thru too much lp.
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Is it practical if you work outside the home all day? or do you worry about pipes freezing because you are gone for 9 hours or so and are not stoking the wood stove?
I use only wood to heat my bus. I usually stick a log on the fire before I head to work and damper it down. When I come home for lunch I stoke it again usually. Coals can last for hours and hours. That being said when it is ~10 degrees outside, my bus, with lots of insulation will stay around 50 for several hours even after the fire has died... So I don't worry about pipes freezing.
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