How To Build A Woodstove Water Heating Attachment
Are you tired of paying for that expensive water heating bill? And do you want to find an alternative that would bust off those high bills? Why not make your own water heating attachment on your wood stove? This is one of the best ways for you to consider if you want to at least save those money on something else. The idea is energy efficient and a resourceful way to get that hot water especially when you have a large wood stove at home.
Maximize the use of that wood stove by making this attachment and have more savings on different things needed for your home.
The majority of water-warming attachments employ heat exchangers that are fitted inside the firebox or the chimney of the appliance. The best commercial examples of this approach work very well indeed. If the stove is run most of the day, they can supply a whole family’s hot water. For safety’s sake, however, these devices are usually made from stainless steel (an expensive commodity) and must be pressure-tested to insure that they are able to withstand the very high temperatures they may encounter inside the heating system. As a consequence, quality internal heat exchangers carry pretty hefty price tags.Homemade internal devices, on the other hand, have developed a nasty reputation for scalding steam explosions.
Furthermore, extracting heat from either the firebox or the chimney of a woodstove can have unfortunate side effects: Pulling Btu directly from the fire (with a firebox exchanger) can reduce combustion efficiency . . . and if the products of incomplete combustion are cooled below the temperature at which they condense (by either a firebox or a chimney heat exchanger), heavy creosote accumulation may occur. There is doubtless no need to mention that the combination of a chimney fire and an internal, water-filled heat exchanger can spell disaster.