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General Outdoor Furnace Discussion / Re: Exhaust fan set up
« on: November 15, 2017, 10:59:34 PM »
Thanks I will do that.  Going to make a vent hood tomorrow

General Outdoor Furnace Discussion / Re: First and last fires
« on: November 13, 2017, 06:41:47 AM »
Did the new pump help U out any?  Make sure U arenít loosing heat to the ground or air, it really seems that way.

General Outdoor Furnace Discussion / Re: Recommended Pex Install
« on: November 13, 2017, 06:36:36 AM »
Whatís the longest run you guys recommend for 1Ē pex? 

General Outdoor Furnace Discussion / Re: Started the Wood Boiler
« on: November 13, 2017, 06:27:07 AM »
It is a really great place!  Iíve had my OWB going since November 2nd.  Also wanna say thanks to Marty for all his hard work!

General Outdoor Furnace Discussion / Re: Found this at menards
« on: November 13, 2017, 06:18:56 AM »
I hear you need to put one single wrap of Black electrical tape on the pex before putting the temp gauge on. Makes a big difference.

General Outdoor Furnace Discussion / Re: Pump quit working
« on: November 13, 2017, 06:14:37 AM »
In the case of a leak it would still flow back to the furnace in the return line and empty the attic. There is no reason for a check in the primary pump. I don't like them in a pump just for the reason it's easy to air lock a pump. If you need a check to prevent 'ghost flow' you can put it down flow from the pump even on the return line and give some room for air to pass through the pump without locking in the pump. Anytime a line empties it must be replaced with air. If there is no place to get air water will stay in the pipe no matter how high it is.

  Got a cummins right now that empties it's fuel back to the tank overnight and has to pump back up to start in the morning. I know there is a small leak somewhere I need to find.

The little o-ring on top of the fuel filter cap is almost always the culprit.

General Outdoor Furnace Discussion / Re: Thermostat by-pass valve ???
« on: November 13, 2017, 06:09:36 AM »
Exactly what I was thinking.

Amen to that!!!  Glad to see you are in high spirits and kicking the sheet out of cancer! 

General Outdoor Furnace Discussion / Re: Thermostat by-pass valve ???
« on: November 13, 2017, 05:54:42 AM »
That valve prevents cool return water from making a cold spot on the firebox or exhaust which could cause condensation and corrosion. If your return water temps stay high enough you could probably get by without it.
The valve would allow the furnace to heat up quicker as it wouldn't allow flow to go to the building until it's up to temp.
I don't use them myself. But I'm not installing CB's. They might not like it to be removed?

Meh, I know of a few CBía in the area, soon as the warranty is done the thermostatic valves usually hit the scrap barrel first time they act up.

So the day after you buy one correct?

General Outdoor Furnace Discussion / Re: Central Boiler boil over
« on: November 13, 2017, 05:51:02 AM »
Happens all the time on those central boilers.  Sometimes itís wet creosote and sometimes itís a chunk of ash or something that burns away when thing thing overheats.  I hear the damper door issues more than anything else.  My stove does the same thing if the ash drawer doesnít get slid in flat and closed right.  Iím the only one who touches that anymore.  The wife had a boil over when I was gone because she wanted to be helpful and dump the ashes out for me.  She learned the hard way why I always told her to leave the ash drawer for me.

General Outdoor Furnace Discussion / Re: Snow
« on: November 13, 2017, 05:45:52 AM »
Didnít get touched here.  They were calling for 2 inches and didnít get a flake.

General Outdoor Furnace Discussion / Re: Heating costs expected to go up
« on: November 13, 2017, 05:44:53 AM »
The reason I went to an outside wood burner was because propane was 5 dollars a gallon here in Wisconsin at one point.  The propane companies were not honoring their contracts because they would go broke and so would I.  For almost the same price to fill the propane tank I bought a boiler instead and left it almost empty.  Now I got switched over to natural gas which is great and cheap but I always have a meter charge of 12 dollars no matter how much gas i use.  Iím glad I burn wood as well, my heat never changes expense.  I have my boiler dialed in really well, fill it before work and fill it after work and I never have to go back outside to refill.  Unless it is -30 with 30 mph winds then I may have to.  This has happened in the past too.

General Outdoor Furnace Discussion / Re: Some pics of my setup
« on: November 13, 2017, 05:39:04 AM »
I donít know about you but that sure beats a tarp!!!

General Outdoor Furnace Discussion / Re: Exhaust fan set up
« on: November 13, 2017, 05:24:13 AM »
When I still had a wood furnace in the basement I just installed a bathroom vent fan in a joist bay directly above the door, 2í spacing on the floor joists though so it caught a little more than 16Ē would.

Thatís a good idea.  I was looking at a vented and lighted under cabinet exhaust fan for 125 dollars from broan but I would have no where to mount it

General Outdoor Furnace Discussion / Re: Exhaust fan set up
« on: November 13, 2017, 05:22:25 AM »
I have a buddy who hooked up a leaf blower in a homemade shroud. Worked pretty darn good.

I was pondering this in my head.  I can pick up a small electric one for under 60 bucks that I could convert into 4Ē ductwork.  I would just need to figure out how to make the piece over the door

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