This is an owner/builder project my wife I are undertaking. The frame was designed and cut by Vermont Frames. We raised the frame ourselves with the help of friends and…
You guys discussed wood boilers on this episode but you only talked about the old fashion outdoor wood boilers also known as smoke dragons.
There is another type of wood boiler, the gasifying wood boilers. They work by actaully burning the smoke that comes off the wood. This is where I bought my wood boiler from http://www.ahona.com/ they have more info. They run very clean and effiecency can be up towards 90%. To help efficiency I have a 500 gallon tank in my basement (in a very well insulated box) that the boiler heats up to 185-190 deg (one firing a day to do this), and when the house calls for heat it takes water from that. No standby boiler smoking away.
Another option to think about for heating a small tight house is a gasifying wood boiler. That is what I use to heat my house. The boiler is outside in a very well insulated building and underground pipes bring the hot water to the house. I have a mix of radiant floor and radiators on the second floor. The radiant floor is slow to respond but it's nice when the floor is warm.
The second floor has 5' knee walls and the roof is 12:12 so headrooom isn't much of an issue. That bumpout and dormer were designed so there is a opening in the second floor to the room below. This allows more light into the rooms and heat to circulate beter, plus it adds interest to the house. The opening in the floor is covered with bar grate so you can walk there but light and heat still gets by.
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