Hi all. Well, winter is right around the corner. I am the proud owner of a new home. The great thing about it is it is all brick. The only down side is there is no coal boiler!
It is attached on one side, and has a nice driveway on the other side. I have my trusty AA 260, but never did install the boiler as the hot water conversion had to wait. It all seemed to have worked out, as the new home is eager to have a stoker boiler installed. The new home is around 3000 sq ft. It has anywhere from 8' to 10' ceilings on the upper levels, and the basement is around 6'8.
The house is all brick construction, with a layer of plaster on the brick which is around 1 1/2 thick in some areas. There also is new sheet rock with insulation in some areas of the house, while others retain the plaster walls. There are new windows all around.....well front and back as the side of the house doesn't have any. The brick is all re-pointed as well.
Currently the house is set up for single pipe steam heat. The current boiler is 200,000 BTUs. I had done a few heat loss calculations, and I require around 80,000-104,000 BTU's with an outside temperature of 0 deg, and an inside temperature of 74 degrees. The extreme would be 120,000 BTU but that would be with downgraded values of insulation. Although it normally doesn't hit 0 deg. F. during the winter, I thought I might include the extreme temp as a buffer.
The current beast puts out 260,000 BTU's. That is very over-sized. With an AA 130, or AHS 130 I would be able to provide heat and hot water comfortably based upon the calculations.
I might be converting to hydronic heat, and the AHS 130 would seem to be a space saver for me, as I am planning on relocating the boilers to the rear of the house. There will be the coal boiler, the gas boiler, and an on demand hot water heater in the future. Being the AHS 130 has a hopper, all I would need is a flex auger from the outside bin to the boiler.
I guess (If I'm correct) the next step would be finding someone to trade with. Either way, I would like to be burning coal this winter
I have already purchased my Axeman from here, and my Harman coal stove also. Both experiences were great.
Take care all. :0)