You can put a boiler in the garage, pipe the hot water inside to your existing hot water system, and keep the coal, ashes etc out in the garage.
Putting solid flue appliances in residential attached garages violates NFPA 211. The concern is the open flame igniting gasoline vapors. Modern autos have sealed evaporative fuel tank systems with vapor recovery so it's not the big problem it once was. I once watched a house burn to the ground. A garage natural gas hot water heater flame ignited vapors from a motorcycle parked next to it. The motorcycle had just been parked, the hot water heater came on and boom. The attached garage was engulfed instantly. The gasoline in the car went next and the house was soon history. The fire department arrived in 5 minutes but it was too late.LsFarm wrote:You can put the boiler almost anywhere. Do you have an attached garage? or even a detached garage close to the house?? You can put a boiler in the garage, pipe the hot water inside to your existing hot water system, and keep the coal, ashes etc out in the garage.
No , it's not hooked up yet. I've got to install all the piping , radiation , valves , etc.. Would like to have it in by fall. Figured by the time I'm done , I'll have around $10,000 into this hot water heat system. Very expensive! And , if I can't find time to install it myself , it may cost more , should the project be hired out. So , no doubt , the HITZER stove is the cheepest way to go. Some people think I'm out of my mind spending that kind of money for the coal fired hot water heat system. Sometimes I thing they're right. I do have central hot air heat , which rarely turns on , due to my HITZER 50-93 coal stove. As I've mentioned , I'm heating 3400 square feet. The HITZER 50-93 is rated at 2500 square feet. In the coldest days of winter , my house will be 71 - 72 degrees. I live south of Rochester , New York I keep forgetting to tell you that. Not to far from you. Scottwoody30 wrote:Scott, Great info with the pics. That does look like a very nice boiler. Do you have it hooked up yet?
It's a ranch style home. I'll have double the piping in my system. It is actually called a "two pipe" system. The hot water circulates around the loop continuously. Each room has it's own thermostat. When the thermostat calls for heat , a valve opens. The hot water travels through the heat emitter , and drops into the second pipe , which is the cooler return water for the boiler. Meanwhile , the hot water in pipe 1 , continues to circulate. That's why my hot water system is a little costly. I also do not plan to move. In order to be able to afford to live here in the future , I have to make things as efficient as possible. The one pipe system (very common) , the water looses heat while traveling through the heat emitter , and continues to the next heat emitter , where it looses more heat , etc.. Thought I'd also mention , both my HITZER coal stoves can idle down very low during these warm days. I tend them once every 24 hours during the warm days. That is , one 5 gallon pail every 24 hours. Here is how you do it. 1.) turn off the fan , so that it doesn't take heat off the stove. 2.) Barely have the ash pan door draft open. 3.) Turn the thermostat dial down to about 6. The stove will continue to run , with very little heat comming from stove. At night nime , turn the back dial up to about 8. Leave the draft on the ash pan door where it is. During cold weather , open the ash pan door draft till the draft holes look round. Run the back dial between 9 and 10. One 5 gallon bucket every 12 hours.woody30 wrote:Scott, That is a good chunk of change , but I'm sure you will love a boiler. I know that I would miss my infloor heat, should I get a coal stove. I did n't know that you were so close, so you know what winter is like around central N.Y. Do you have a ranch or two story and I take it that the 3400 is counting the basement where the stove is located? Tim