OUTDOOR WOOD BOILER

OUTDOOR WOOD BOILER

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Wed Nov 27, 2013 8:49 am

Staying with some of my wife's family. They had to be up and out early so I said I'd load up the outdoor wood boiler for them. It was fun,....enjoyed the aroma of the wood fire. Impressive size and complexity of the ginormous boiler. Did not like shlepping through the snow to get to it and tossing heavy logs into the beast. I'll take coal over wood every time,.......except in an ambiance enhancing fireplace! The boiler is pretty cool though.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
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PostBy: Lightning On: Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:00 am

My neighbor has a tree service, so I guess they get a lot of free wood. He has a ginormous outdoor boiler that heats his house, a barn and a garage that has small hunting cabins upstairs and all the hot water. Runs it year round. Unfortunately he was injured in an accident. The boiler is so demanding to tend that they have to hire a person to feed it 2 or 3 times a day. Its crazy...
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Coal Size/Type: Nut Size / White Ash

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PostBy: Rob R. On: Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:42 am

Even if you don't mind the trips outside, the thick smoke, or the mountains of wood...the boilers often rot out in <10 years.
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Coal Size/Type: Rice/buck
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PostBy: anthony7812 On: Wed Nov 27, 2013 10:54 am

I continually hash the idea though my head of getting a outdoor woodboiler. Thats until my wife said "why dont we get a coal boiler instead" I love that woman :love: :clap:
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Stoker Coal Boiler: VanWert VA 400
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III
Coal Size/Type: Buck/Nut/Anthracite

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PostBy: NJJoe On: Wed Nov 27, 2013 1:02 pm

anthony7812 wrote:I continually hash the idea though my head of getting a outdoor woodboiler. Thats until my wife said "why dont we get a coal boiler instead" I love that woman :love: :clap:


Bravo...sounds like you picked a good one! Does she have a sister??? I kid, I kid. My woman is slowly coming around to coal and she understands how its better than wood. She would still like a wood fireplace for the ambiance. I'm hoping to win her over with a stove/insert that I can run with the door open and use it to burn wood when she desires ambiance, but then load with coal and shut the door for those really chilly nights. Searching for that right stove...
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PostBy: Carbon12 On: Wed Nov 27, 2013 7:56 pm

Yeah,....I'm thinking of adding an insert for next winter. I kinda miss my hand fired Hitzer 983. Nothing like sitting next to a nice hot stove to warm your bones. Even a coal fire adds ambiance. Burn some wood when you want some snap, crackle and pop.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite
Other Heating: Heat Pump/Forced Hot Air Oil Furnace

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PostBy: anthony7812 On: Wed Nov 27, 2013 8:45 pm

I have a open fireplace in the living room for those "chilly nights" :whistle:
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Stoker Coal Boiler: VanWert VA 400
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PostBy: NWBuilder On: Wed Nov 27, 2013 8:50 pm

Rob R. wrote:Even if you don't mind the trips outside, the thick smoke, or the mountains of wood...the boilers often rot out in <10 years.

Yup my buddies rotted out in 6 or 7 but he burned 20 cord of wood per season in the bad boy. Now he has pellet stove for heat and he is happy enough. Funny thing is he was the one to talk me into coal!!!
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Ahs 130
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PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Thu Nov 28, 2013 3:05 pm

NWBuilder wrote:
Rob R. wrote:Even if you don't mind the trips outside, the thick smoke, or the mountains of wood...the boilers often rot out in <10 years.

Yup my buddies rotted out in 6 or 7 but he burned 20 cord of wood per season in the bad boy. Now he has pellet stove for heat and he is happy enough. Funny thing is he was the one to talk me into coal!!!
anthony7812 wrote:I have a open fireplace in the living room for those "chilly nights" :whistle:
anthony7812 wrote:I continually hash the idea though my head of getting a outdoor woodboiler. Thats until my wife said "why don't we get a coal boiler instead" I love that woman :love: :clap:

Those trips outside include when EVERYTHING is covered with ice,or 3 feet of snow,50 mph winds when -10 & in our case LOTS of wood.We heat 2 houses + DHW& repair shop,takes 4 triaxle boom truck loads of logs/yr.,7 yrs.continuous use, now has 1 rust hole that needs to be welded .WORK,WORK,WORK,you do have a very smart wife!!!! Firewood is made to be used in fireplaces, fire viewing stoves & for recreational heating only, did your wife find out that Leisure Line is working on an outdoor COAL burner ? We are looking forward to coal system,not sure when - it won't be soon enough !!
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PostBy: McGiever On: Thu Nov 28, 2013 3:21 pm

:rockon:

Firewood is made to be used in fireplaces, fire viewing stoves & for recreational heating only.
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: RADIANT HOME AIR BLAST
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Coal Size/Type: PEA / ANTHRACITE, NUT-STOVE / ANTHRACITE
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PostBy: anthony7812 On: Thu Nov 28, 2013 3:30 pm

No way I would put a coal boiler outside, unless it's in a building just my .02$ . To big a risk for corrosion being outside.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: VanWert VA 400
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III
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PostBy: Wiz On: Thu Nov 28, 2013 3:50 pm

Friend spends four months of the year gathering wood for a central boiler. During the heat season he stuff boiler twice daily, to keep house warm. Goes thru 18-20 cords a season. :shock:
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PostBy: Sunny Boy On: Thu Nov 28, 2013 4:31 pm

Wow that's a lot of wood !!! :shock:

Kid who worked for me heats his old farm house only with wood. House is a two story, about 3000 square feet total. Wood parlor stove in the front of the house and a Kalamazoo kitchen range at the back of the house. Uses about 10 cords a year.

When I was looking into maybe getting wood stoves for my place, I talked to a number of other locals that had big old houses like mine, but were heated by just wood. They were about the same set up as the kid. Wood stove at each end of the house and used about 10 cords a year.

Because of the complaints of smoke, our village passed a law against those outside wood boilers.

Glad I went coal. :D

Paul
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PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Thu Nov 28, 2013 4:56 pm

anthony7812 wrote:No way I would put a coal boiler outside, unless it's in a building just my .02$ . To big a risk for corrosion being outside.

Outdoor coal boiler would run 24/7/366 & is in an insulated panel wrap that looks like a shed, corrosion on Outdoor Wood Burner ( not boiler ) generally attacks 2 ways-- (1)- water system is open (vented ) allowing oxygen into tank thru water, (2)--those who shut them down for the summer generally have lots more corrosion in the empty tank,or leave tank full & lots of condensation in fire box.We were going thru 30-50 cords/yr.,have since done some tightening up, & insulation,have more to do as time& finances allow.
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PostBy: davidmcbeth3 On: Fri Nov 29, 2013 7:12 am

Sunny Boy wrote:Wow that's a lot of wood !!! :shock:

Kid who worked for me heats his old farm house only with wood. House is a two story, about 3000 square feet total. Wood parlor stove in the front of the house and a Kalamazoo kitchen range at the back of the house. Uses about 10 cords a year.

When I was looking into maybe getting wood stoves for my place, I talked to a number of other locals that had big old houses like mine, but were heated by just wood. They were about the same set up as the kid. Wood stove at each end of the house and used about 10 cords a year.

Because of the complaints of smoke, our village passed a law against those outside wood boilers.

Glad I went coal. :D

Paul


Really, its the wood-world. what's a cord to one is not the same to another
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