I'm brand new to this forum, and very glad I found it! I am hoping someone can help me with this(and from reading lots of previous posts, I think you all can!)
We have a Keystoker combination coal/oil burner, a KA-6, that was installed last October. We have the old water filled radiators for heat in most of the house, with baseboard heat in just the kitchen. Domestic hot water is heated through the boiler then pushed up to faucets.
First, let me say that I love the coal burner. It is in our basement, and helps to keep the basement warmer and drier, which is a plus, and even though the coal is stored in our garage right now, necessitating going up and down stairs to transfer coal and remove ashes, we are going to spend the summer building a coal bin in the basement. Of course, the money we have saved over the winter burning coal instead of oil is the best part of it all!
However, the one thing I really, really don't like is that we can have either heat or hot water, but not both at the same time. Because there are only 2 of us in the house, it has not been a huge problem, nonetheless it is a problem to me. I've had more cold showers over this past winter, than in my whole life..... my better half claims that we just need to know when the heat kicks on, finishes heating the house then use hot water. I, on the other hand, feel that there is something not quite right here.
I really think that the hot water system was not hooked up right to begin with, a valve maybe that isn't installed properly? Before we call someone to fix it(plumber?), I thought I would get some insight here!
Ask me any questions, and I will try to answer them, can anyone help?