Wood, Coal, and Pellet Boilers
Wood, Coal, and Pellet Stove Boilers
The home or commercial site can use baseboard style radiators resembling electric baseboard heater, or a network of water tubing that is placed under the floor. The main characteristic of using hot water as a heat source is extremely comfortable heat, as the heat can be distributed over an entire home and each room can be controlled individually rather just heating one room. As the wood boiler is normally installed outside of the home, which means that the mess associated with refueling the boiler is also outside the home. Most boilers, depending on the size, can be large enough to accommodate enough fuel that it will only have to be refueled once or twice per day even in cold weather. Heat output from the boiler is normally controlled with some type of thermostat that is regulated by the heat demand from the home.
The downside of outdoor boiler is cost and pollution. Typically a boiler used to heat your home can be 4 to 5 times more expensive then the traditional stove that sits inside your home. The second downside is efficiencies and environmental issues. The boiler, if using wood or coal will not be nearly as efficient as the new certified stoves that can be purchased today. These boilers will produce a large amount of smoke, therefore they are not suited for dense population center, instead should be installed only in rural areas. The exception would be the pellet burning boilers, which do burn clean and efficient, but many are still not certified, and are not allowed to be in some areas. The state of Washington and California, will not allow any boiler to be installed in their state, as they are not meeting the new certification guidelines that are required of all solid fuel burning appliances.
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