StokerDon wrote:I got up this morning, and the water temp was down to 140 and the fire was out. Only a few handfulls of coal in the ash pan so it wasn't out for very long. Over the passed few days I have zeroed in on a good feed rate and combustion air setting and it has been running well. I have no idea why it went out? Maybe it's afraid of the boilermate sitting next to it?
StokerDon wrote:Craigs list saved my domestic hot water!
I got a nice Amtrol 41 gallon boilermate with digital controls off of craigslist for a song. .................
McGiever wrote:Got my BoilerMate the same way.
I still used a thermostatic mixing valve so I can store hotter water, making hotter water also gives the boiler a longer workout which is helpful when the heating load is lighter. I run @ 138*.
If you do go ahead w/ mixing valve, plumb it to have a heat trap or you could add a spring check valve, add isolation valves and add a valved stub to feed 138* water straight to dishwasher and washing machine...later on you can run directly to appliances w/ 1/2" pex.