Rob R. wrote:I used to heat my house with a hand-fed boiler...I wouldn't considering going back to it even if I got the boiler for free and a $5,000 check just for the trouble. A stoker boiler is the only thing that will do the things you want without driving you out of the house.
Sounds like you love your stoker
What about having the option to run other fuels like wood or bitty coal if a situation should arise? You don't think I could idle back a hand fed enough in the summer months?
Boots wrote:If you want to run it year round, you need a good draft, maybe a draft inducer for when it really warms up.
I have a hand feed boiler and love it,but can't wait to get enough money to put a under feed stoker on it.I have no problems with draft untill around 70 degrees,can't even amanage trying to keep draft all summer.
Lightning wrote:Will they operate in a power outage situation at all with just gravity circulation?
Get a generator. I agree with Boots,the gravity feed only makes the radiators warm and not enough to remove the rising boiler temps and blowing the PRV.
When the elec. goes out and no generator, the difference between a boiler and furnace is a furnace can over fire with out much damage,but when a boiler over fires it will blow the PRV and loose it's water and without water make make up boiler will be damaged.