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Outdoor wood furnace or boiler can solve high energy costs

admin | July 22nd, 2010 | No Comments »

What if there were a way to provide heat for your home, a way to give you all the hot water you and your family would need for showers, baths, laundry and more – all your family would need to heat your pool, spa, and anything else you wanted to keep warm with a truly efficient, completely renewable resource? What if you were able to help the environment while you were heating your home? What if you could do all this for FREE?

freefirewoodCertainly, there’s the up front cost of the equipment in the beginning, but I’ll ask you to demonstrate to me a heating system that doesn’t demand a substantial initial purchase price. Being able, then, to do everything in the preceding paragraph truly sounds great, does it not? Wood is the resource that matches all of these needs. It is right down the road or in the backyard. Yes, we are talking about wood.

Naturally, you might say that that is old-fashioned and inefficient. That’s not the case anymore. Wood heating has finally come of age. The modern outdoor wood furnaces Alternative Heating & Supply has take advantage of the latest developments in heating technology. Once one is installed outside your home, and using water and heat exchangers, our furnace burns efficiently and cleanly. Normally it can be attached to your existing system to distribute the warm air wherever your home needs it.

Due to the fact all of your fuel, the wood, is kept outside, you will not have the mess associated with indoor stoves. The furnace will burn all dimensions and types of wood, too, even those unsplittable knotty pieces. And, the cool thing is you only have to add to it once or twice a day, even in the coldest weather. That’s terrific, isn’t it? Load it up in the morning and again in the evening, and the unit will do the rest. Normal water heated to 185 to 200 degrees surrounds the firebox, and then courses through tubing to your home where heat exchangers change it to hot air that is dispersed by your present system.

Gas, oil and coal are fossil-based, non-renewable resources. And in the last year, costs for these commodities have soared toward the moon. You know this to be true. Power prices are rising, too.

The environmental impact of these fuels is significant and must be taken into account. The methods used to extract fossil fuels are damaging to the ecosystem. Home systems, unless they are constantly and professionally maintained, are not really efficient burners. And electricity is often produced by coal-fueled plants or by hydroelectric dams that affect our fragile ecosystems.

So, when you take it all into mind, there’s no other source of heating your home to provide you all the advantages of a timber-fueled method. Wood is environmentally friendly, efficient and cost-effective. And with a little extra work, you can get all this at no cost. This is an energy resource which grows virtually everywhere. Areas are frequently being cleared and what remains are excellent for your personal use. Haul it home and you and your loved ones can stay toasty all winter season for the price of a tank or two of petrol.

Written by sillyfrank and used under a Creative Commons license.

Pros and cons with outdoor boilers

admin | February 15th, 2010 | No Comments »

Small_boiler_picOutdoor boilers, sometimes called outdoor wood furnaces, provide an alternative means to heat your home. Their use is becoming increasingly popular in the Northeast including our lovely State of New Hampshire. There are a number of pluses in using an outdoor boiler as your source of heat.

Outdoor boilers are usually quite large requiring the homeowner to only have to load it once or twice a day. The large size means that large, irregular pieces of wood can be burned. The type of wood is also less important than that of a regular wood stove meaning, the rule about only burning hardwoods and not burning pine is no longer in effect. Without the large chimney, smoke from burning the wood only has a short distance to travel creating significantly less risk for a chimney fire.

In addition, wetter wood can be burned because the large fuel load can offset the lower efficiency of burning unseasoned wood. Along with heating an entire house, outdoor boiler systems can also be used to simultaneously heat shops, garages or barns. Despite the fact that burning wood inside is safe if properly done, many homeowners feel outdoor boilers are safer because the fire is far away from the home. Utilizing an outdoor furnace also removes the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning which can be an issue with oil, gas and propane furnaces in the home.  Finally, because the outdoor boiler keeps the wood outside, there is no bark, dirt and ash mess to clean up inside the house.

The biggest downside to outdoor boilers is that they require electricity to run the water-circulation pumps and fans. They don’t provide the same insurance against power outages that a normal wood stove does but is nothing new to those homeowners that rely on gas, propane or oil furnaces. Typically homeowners who experience regular power outages already have a generator that supplies electricity to maintain their furnace.