Ashcat wrote:Very nice job. It'll be interesting to see if you see differences in heat output, coal usage and oil usage this winter.
I am seeing MUCH LESS coal usage after installing heat sinks on the slab sides of my stove. I'm using 1 less bucket for every 5 that I normally used at the same burn rate. Stack temperature is proportionately lower also, which means more heat is given off to the room in my estimation. I'm also emptying the ash bin less frequently. Without much calculation that's either 20 or 25% less coal being used?
I'm now trying to find a heat sink to fit the rear slab where the optional automatic air control would be installed. It's another area 15 x 6" that is untapped for heat, right next to the flue exit. The balance of the rear wall is covered by a welded plenum for the optional blower. That is always cool due to the fan blowing on it and through it exiting under the cover and out the front.
We haven't had the oil burner on since I started the stove, and even through the 6 days w/o electricity we've been as warm as usual. Even had others staying overnight until their electric came back.
ALSO, 6 years ago I found by accident when my old furnace leaked and was without domestic hot water that a electric water heater only cost me $15 per month for hot water, 2 people. I borrowed a unused 115v 20 gallon hot water heater from a friend's barn for the summer until my new furnace was installed. After this revelation I installed a 220v permanent 30 gallon water heater, perfect for 2 showers at the same time. I piped it in like a water softener w/ball gate valves so that I can cut off either furnace or water heater so I can use either. I have the water trickling through the furnace first to take the chill off it when the furnace is on.
In a cross-post here's what I did to extend the life of the glass:Extending life of Door Glass
I love GRIZZLY2's quote and agree that in addition to beating the energy system that "The only redeeming value of winter is that I can have a fire in my stove."