Water stoves – Choosing one that’s right for you
Have you ever thought about water stoves? A water stove might sound like a contradiction in terms, but it’s actually a great way to provide heat for your home. Located outside, it can use a variety of different types of fuel, and there’ll never be any soot or debris inside the house. A water stove heats your home by first heating a tank made of steel, and full of water. This tank is placed around the firebox. Then, the water can be circulated through your home, inside a water coil that’s installed into your duct system. Turn on the blower, or allow the thermostat to do it, and the air will be forced across the coil, heating your house as usual.
You can burn wood or coal in water stoves, or adapt them for use with solar collectors in climates that are appropriate for it. Using a water stove in conjunction with a collector gives you one hundred percent clean energy. Unlike conventional stoves, the heat lasts longer. That’s because the water in water stoves keep absorbing heat, even after the fire has gone out. In the late spring and summer, you can use it a few hours every other day to provide hot water, eliminating the need for a water heater.
Look for water stoves that offer heavy duty steel construction, and a firebox that’s well insulated and includes firebrick. If you’re interested in installing solar collectors in conjunction with your water stove, keep an eye out for stove kits that include the solar collectors and control units. If you have an unusual layout or situation, inquire about custom building. Many manufacturers are happy to accommodate it.
For greater efficiency, choose a water stove that has a tube or multiple chimney design. This will heat the water more quickly, using less wood than a design where the flue is directly up from the fire box. Also remember that a backup unit is desirable, in case the fire goes out, the day is cloudy, or some other problem occurs. Oil and gas are the most common types, and can be installed to work automatically.
In addition to working with forced air systems, water stoves can be installed to work with a baseboard heating system or radiator system. The only visible change indoors is the addition of an extra thermostat. That allows your old heating system to kick in if your water stove isn’t burning or collecting heat at the moment. This thermostat regulates the heat coming from the water stove, too. If your home is too cold, it’ll turn on the pump, circulating hot water through the coil. It’ll also turn on your central heating unit’s blower (but not the furnace), forcing air across the coil and circulating it through your home.
If you’re thinking of buying a water stove, shop around for a while to find a manufacturer you like. You can generally expect one of these stoves to cost between two and a half thousand and five thousand dollars. Why the wide price range? It’s because different homes need differently sized water stoves, and because different people require different features. A smaller, low featured stove will fundamentally be cheaper than a larger one. If you’re tired of fuel costs and feeling cold in your home, consider looking at water stoves.