Anyway, on to details. I'm from Northern NJ, Sussex County area. I've got an old Rheem oil fired furnace. Its so old that I can't get parts for it anymore and if I do a Google search for it the internet laughs at me. I've also got a modified Century wood stove rated at 155k BTU. It does a decent enough job of heating my house when I'm home but I can't even get any more than an hour burn time on it. Last year I went through 2 cords of wood but the year before that I went through 4 because it was all that I was using.
Anyway, I have some questions.
As I've already stated my Rheem furnace is old. It really does need to be replaced but the problem is my wife and I are strapped for cash. Last winter I went through around 600 gallons of oil with only running it 50% of the time. The other 50% I used the wood stove. So, this spring I decided to service the burner, big mistake that was. After we cleaned re-nozzled it from 80 to 60 installed a new barometric damper set the air and fired it back up. No pressure. The pump didn't like being cleaned. So, now I'm stuck with buying a new burn unit. Seeing how my wife and I really can't afford a new furnace we've decided to just go out and buy a new Beckett burner and for now, install it so that next summer we can hopefully have the money to replace the entire system. My question to you guys is this. I am finding my furnace guy to be a bit unreliable. He says he is coming over one day so I sit around waiting for him and he never shows up. Perfect example: Monday night I got home from work and pulled the old dead burner from the furnace and put it in a box and left it on my deck for him. Per his directions. He said Tuesday he was going to pick it up. Today is Thursday. He still hasn't come. So, I am going to just take it to the plumbing and heating supply house myself and have them order me a new unit. Here is the actual question: I am looking at a Dwyer Mark II Model 25 Manometer, I see on here that everyone is using them to set their coal/wood fired stoves and furnaces. Can I use this unit on my oil fired furnace to set my draft? Because frankly, I'm a mechanically inclined guy and I'm tired of waiting on this guy so I'm just gonna do it myself.
The other question I have is about my wood stove.
Like I said, its a modified Century Free Standing stove. What I did was cut the ash box off of it and welded a plate in the hole and then welded legs on it. The reason for this was because I already had a fireplace but again, it came down money as my wife and I could not afford an insert. So, I did that to put it in the fireplace. I ran a new liner and redid the floor. State code is 18" in front of the stove so I went 33". The issue I am having is that I am only able to get a maximum of 2 hours burn time out of this thing. So, stoking it before bed at 10pm will only net me to 12. I have one damper installed at the base of the liner and the top of the stove. If I were to pull the liner back out and install a t with a barometric damper would it increase my burn time? Could I even use both a manual damper inside the liner and a barometric damper? Or would I be better getting a top mounted damper for the top of the chimney? I'm asking because a Barometric Damper is about $250 cheaper than the top mounted damper. My stove isn't real big the box only measures 18" x 22" and is only rated at 70% efficiency but considering our financial situation its the best I can do right now. Am I pretty much stuck with the crappy burn times? I'm not looking to get an 11 hour burn time like some of the newer units but having maybe at the very least an additional hour or so might alleviate going through fire wood like its going out of style. Speaking of which, does anyone know of anywhere I can get some firewood for less than $200 a cord? I do have a pickup truck and a log splitter so I have no problem driving to get it as long as its within a reasonable distance from my house.
Anyway, to summarize:
Can I use a Dwyr Mark II Model 25 to set the draft on my oil fired Rheem Furnace, and my Wood burning stove for that matter?
Can I install a barometric damper on my wood stove in a T or should I get a top mounted damper for the top of the chimney/liner?