Hot water coil & hot water tank

Hot water coil & hot water tank

PostBy: ashburnham55 On: Sat Jul 19, 2008 6:39 pm

I am new to this site and to heating with anthracite coal. I purchased a Alaska Channing III direct vent in the late spring and I am attempting to install a hot water coil.
My question is how large of hot water heater would I need for a family of 5 ?

I have been searching for a used one on craigslist and have come across quite a few good used water heater for short money but most of the units are under 50 gallons and I am trying to find at least an 80 gallon tank (thinking that more is better).. If I cannot find one of that size, would I be able to run 2 smaller tanks, say a 40 gal or 50 gal tanks in tandem?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You,
Baseburners & Antiques: Magee Crown 112
Coal Size/Type: Nut
Stove/Furnace Make: Magee

Re: Hot water coil & hot water tank

PostBy: Lumberjack On: Sat Jul 19, 2008 7:39 pm

you can run the tanks in parallel or in series. How big depends largely on on how many bodies and how long showers take. Also you have to consider if all your usage occurs at once or is spread over the course of the day.... 30 gallons is big enough if you manage things right but I much prefer the 50 gallon tank I now have. I am sure 80 would be nearly limitless....