leowis1 wrote:I like the hot water tank idea, but I have no idea how its going work? I must be slow. How do I hook up a pump to cycle the water from the boiler into the hot water tank? Can somebody provide me with a link to a website that shows one of these pumps? I can definitely see this as the best solution.
Hot water wants to naturally expand so you don't really need a pump, I only mentioned it because I've seen others post it. I was going to post pictures but it appears my dad switched it recently and it goes directly into the hot water heater now.
Anyhow the way it was set up is as follows, you have the cold water inlet which goes to a T in the loop. Before it gets to the T you need to place a check valve so the hot water doesn't back up into the cold water line. This goes through the hot water jacket and into the top of the hot water heater, raise the hot water heater on cinder blocks as high as you can above the hot water jacket.
From the drain on the bottom simply loop it back to the T where the cold water comes in. Place a check valve on here as well. As the water heats up in the hot water jacket it will have only one way to go so it will circulate naturally. Seems to me connecting the hot water to the bottom drain makes more sense but what do I know...