Cast Iron Radiator Vs Air Handler.

Cast Iron Radiator vs Air Handler.

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Tue Aug 28, 2012 2:58 pm

Ever since last winter I have been thinking about building an Air Handler with a water-to-air heat exchanger. And now, since I have the Hitzer 75 with a huge internal water-jacket, I have the means to try out my idea.

The second option is a single cast-iron radiator with the Hitzer plumbed to the radiator and then have the return water travel through a slaved Hilkoil (installed in my Leisure Line Lil' Heater) which would pre-heat the return water before it goes back into the Hitzer starting the loop all over again.

Which method is more efficient, plumbing a single large cast-iron radiator just above the Hitzer on the first floor or custom make an air-handler. I could even use the coaltrol to run the convection fan for the air-handler, turning it on and off based on temps.

If I have two radiant stoves located in the basement, and I want to move more BTU's upstairs instead of wasting them in the basement, is a radiator or air-handler an improvement?
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Leisure Line Lil' Heater.
Other Heating: Oil Furnace and Kerosene Heaters.

Re: Cast Iron Radiator vs Air Handler.

PostBy: McGiever On: Tue Aug 28, 2012 4:18 pm

What is a Hitzer 75?

Oh, I found it. :oops:

Hitzer 75 Coal Stove.
Stoker Coal Boiler: AXEMAN-ANDERSON 130 "1959"
Coal Size/Type: PEA / ANTHRACITE
Other Heating: Ground Source Heat Pump
Stove/Furnace Make: Hydro Heat /Mega Tek

Re: Cast Iron Radiator vs Air Handler.

PostBy: carlherrnstein On: Wed Aug 29, 2012 11:36 am

How many floors aer you trying to heat?
If its just the basement anr the room directly over it id just put some floor vents in.
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: combustioneer model 77B
Coal Size/Type: pea stoker/Ohio bituminous