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Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by Glen2504, Nov 26, 2013.

  1. Glen2504

    Glen2504 ArboristSite Member

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    I know there are tons of variables to my next question but what kind of burn times are you guys getting on a cb? Upper teens to mid 20's on the lows is pretty cold around here.
     
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    I run cb 6048. 2800 square foot house. Full basement apt. 1500 square foot kennel building. Heated garage. Heated pool in summer. Been going 24/7 since 2008. No issues. Given your relatively warmer climate I think you will be surprised at how little wood you burn. If you burn dry wood they don't smoke much at all. Put it as far away from the house as you can afford. I think you will get at least 24 hour burn times with good dry wood.
     
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    That's good to hear. I was planning on putting it behind a 40x50 shed/garage and putting it under a lean to for a dry place to stack wood against the wall. I should be able to stack a lot of wood within 20 feet of the heater on each side. That would put the heater about 250 water line feet away from the house give or take 50 feet when routing.
     
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    Why would you put it away from the house as you can? Is it to keep the smoke out of the house? The further you are away, the more heat you will be losing.

    As far as burn times, you should be able to get 24 hour burn times. Since we heat more water than the average person, I wouldn't go by our burn times. Right now, I am having a little trouble getting 12 hour burn times. One reason is because we are burning low quality wood right now, cottonwood, sassafras. We also have 2 water heaters in two different places hooked up to it. For one water heater, we are heating the water up to 170 to 180 degrees. And my dad likes it warm in the house. So our burn times are going to be alot less than most people. I am not sure how many square feet our house is but it has a basement and a second floor and is not insulated that great being it is an older farm house.

    Now if I completely filled the firebox and I mean completely fill it, I should be able to get 24 hour burn times.
     
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    Have mine 40 feet from house don't have smoke problem
     
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    If you use thermopex you will not lose heat. The further away the less smoke you eat. Not a problem most days but on very calm days the smoke will linger. You will be glad it's not 20 feet from your house. Mine is 120'. Some days I wish it was a bit further.
     
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    Mine is about 50 ft from house and I NEVER smell smoke in the house. But I have a 12 ft stack.
    Even with the very best insulated pipe you will lose a little heat. So the closer the better.
     
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    But you said it doesn't smoke much at all?

    I think I'd want to keep it close as practical - partly because of how far you have to go outside to feed it, partly becuase of reduced heat loss (everything loses some heat), but also because every foot away will cost about $15 in pipe.
     
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    Mine is 22 feet from the house. Why so,close? Township has a set back from the street and that's the furthest I could get it. Only smell a little smoke if I have my bedroom windows open.
     
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    Classic 5036 Outdoor Wood Furnace
     
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    This video is one of it not burning it still don't smoke much t smoke much
     
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    Mine is close as possible but insurance company wouldn't cover any building within 25 feet of the woodburner, so with a few outbuildings we needed to measure very carefully and be creative. The guy I bought it from suggested the current location, which cut the line runs by a lot from where I originally wanted it.
     
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    I have a hardy and love it. I would refer them to anybody. Lots of stoves around me and hardy and CBs make up the most of them. There are 2 Reasons I bought the hardy; the central boiler dealer didn't return my phone call and I liked the fact that hardy domestic hot water is heated without a pump running 24/7. The coil in the firebox is very unique and maintenance free. just remember they all burn ALOT of wood. You have to enjoy cutting. also remember stainless does not rust.
     
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    You don't like the huge ball of flame? Lol
     
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    Take a quick look at an indoor or outdoor gasification boiler with some storage.
     
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    OH_Varmntr I Like Turtles

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    I have a 5 degree drop through a 75' run of ThermoPex. Everyone's case is different, but to say you will not lose heat is simply not true.

    Oh and I own a Central Boiler 6048. I load the box to 1/2 capacity in the winter and when I load it 24 hours later I still have a bed of hot coals and chunks of wood that hasn't broken into coals yet. But wood consumption depends on heat load and wood species/dryness so everyone's mileage will vary.
     
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    5th year on an Eclassic 2300, still amazed at how little wood it burns .In 2009 it was the best built unit I looked at and I've been an HVAC service tech since 1990.Have had the door replaced under warranty with no hassle and CB even sent out new tools and owners manual at no charge.The complainers about CB have no idea what goes on daily in the furnace industry lol.
     
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    My first thought would be that an OWB would be overkill.

    A new build where I am, lowest temp I have seen is -40, would not need even the smallest OWB.

    I have a friend who uses a CB 2300 in conjunction with a Natural Gas Boiler to provide heat for a small hotel, I am not sure what its peak output is with Pine but it runs flat out for at least 6 months of the year.
     
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    I stand corrected. How about " with thermopex you will lose very little heat".
     
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    One of the main purposes of an owb, in my opinion, is you keep the mess and the bugs outside.
    Whether it's worth it is debatable.
     
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