I currently have an Alaska 140 (170k BTU model) on order and would like to complete as much installation work as is feasible before it arrives. As I intend to install it in parallel with the existing oil fired hot air furnace system, I am thinking I can perform some prep work on the return connection, plenum connection, exhaust venting, and perhaps pull the wiring for the thermostat. I also want to ensure I have all the correct material and equipment needed for installation on hand when it arrives.
I will likely chimney vent as I may get rid of the oil fired hot water heater in favor of electric or tankless LP with a power vent. I would like to keep the oil unit connected in case we go away during the winter, and will need to share a flue. I have seen threads on sharing flues and the code issues that creates. I never intend to run both units simultaneously, so some operating damper/baffle sealing the oil unit exhaust is what I have in mind.
Does anyone have installation instructions they would be willing to share?
Any Alaska 140 owner installation tips would be appreciated.
4000sf Colonial (excluding basement).
Oil fired forced hot air (three zones - basement, first floor, second floor).
Currently burn 1400 gallons oil annually (1000-1200 during heating season).
Oil fired hot water heater (separate unit).