Best option

Best option

PostBy: Howudoin2427 On: Sun Dec 02, 2012 7:32 pm

Hello everybody,
I am looking at buying a new house. The one down side oil hot air furnace and oil hot water heater. I'm looking at what my best option would be to change to. I'm looking at the hitzer 710 , but am wondering how the hot water coil is tied in. I feel there would be a lot of over heating. Not sure if I would be better with a boiler and heat exchanger for warm air. I'd like to keep under 4k. Any advice would be appreciated. I currently have a hitzer 50-93, but am looking to move over to the stoker type for ease of operation for my wife. The house is 1600sq ft cape newer construction 2001. Thanks in advance.
Howudoin2427
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Better N' Bens
Stove/Furnace Model: 801

Re: Best option

PostBy: Dennis On: Sun Dec 02, 2012 8:15 pm

Howudoin2427 wrote:Not sure if I would be better with a boiler and heat exchanger for warm air. I'd like to keep under 4k. Any advice would be appreciated.


The LL 110 boiler has oil for back-up and a stoker for coal and is somewhere around 4k http://leisurelinestoves.com/Boiler_and ... ducts.html
Dennis
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: AHS/WOC55-multi-fuel/wood,oil,coal
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/stove size

Re: Best option

PostBy: mdrelyea On: Sun Dec 02, 2012 10:36 pm

I have an almost identical setup. House came with oil fired forced air furnace and oil fired hot water heater. I've got 1500 sqft. I stuck with the forced air and am absolutely in love with my Alaska 140. It runs around $4K if I remember right. I've got the auger unit and my father has the dual feed paddle unit. He regrets buying the paddle feed and wishes he had the auger feed unit because it seems to burn the coal more completely.

Mine is rated for both wood pellets and coal and I've burned both in it. I like the sense of security I get by being able to choose either fuel. If (heaven forbid) coal prices go up, I have the option of using wood pellets.

It was easy to tie in to my existing ductwork and I kept the existing furnace as a backup for when I'm out of town. I suspect it would be easy to tie in to yours too - probably easier to do the tinwork than to install all of the plumbing and heat exchanger required for a boiler.

I'm still using the oil fired hot water heater, but Alaska does offer a DHW option for the 140.

Mike
mdrelyea
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Alaska 140 Auger
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Russo #2
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Rice/Nut

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