stoker-man wrote:9 tons. That's alot for a house. Without reading all the pages, I wonder if it's because of the weather, size of house, etc.?
I guess it depends what circle you stand in...9 tons is about what I burn in a year, and I know several others that burn about the same in modern homes. As usual, "it depends" on a lot of things. In Randy's case, his posts indicated that he has at least two women in the house using hot water, and I'm sure the "camp" is at least 70 degrees from top to bottom, corner to corner. If he ran the boiler all summer for hot water, that probably accounts for 1.5 tons or so.
Looks like a gigantic log cabin in the pic. Using 9 tons it's got to be 7,000 sq. ft. if it was built recently ....
He said the home was built in '86. It is in a cold part of NYS, there are some underground piping losses, plus the radiant heat from the boiler itself is "donated" to an outbuilding instead of the house. Add in some serious wind exposure and you have yourself a pretty steady head load.