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Author Topic: Homemade "Tank-in-Tank" OWB-Ozarks Hillbilly Edition  (Read 12782 times)

WoodMOJoe

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Re: Homemade "Tank-in-Tank" OWB-Ozarks Hillbilly Edition
« Reply #75 on: November 27, 2018, 04:44:00 PM »

And we are off again, heating season number 5 for this homebuilt has begun!

If I make it through this winter my cost of ownership, all-in (boiler, exchangers, underground pipe, fittings, etc.) will be about $350/year.

I'm guessing it has paid for itself at least twice over with what it has saved in propane bills.

That doesn't include the value of many man-hours of labor between me and my buddy building the boiler of course but that was time well spent.

And once again, thank you to all helped me make this thing happen, some still posting here and some not...much appreciated!   :thumbup:
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Re: Homemade "Tank-in-Tank" OWB-Ozarks Hillbilly Edition
« Reply #76 on: December 01, 2018, 07:56:16 AM »

Great to hear of another success story.  I will be into my 10th season this year.  My build cost was roughly $6,000 all in.  I buy logs each year for $1,000 and I used to go through 4 tanks of oil per heating season @ close to $1,000 per fill up.  So about a 2 year payback, although I always have extra expenses over and above the wood.  This year was more extreme than usual.  I bought a new pump to have as a spare, bought new cast iron grates which, at $400, were surprisingly expensive, and finally bought a real cant hook, in lieu of the home made one I have been using for years.  Still, I will save over $2000 in fuel costs this year. 
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Re: Homemade "Tank-in-Tank" OWB-Ozarks Hillbilly Edition
« Reply #77 on: December 02, 2018, 07:12:11 AM »

Wow, congrats on the 10 years...and holy woodburner, I just searched and found some pics of what you built.

My boiler is a very simple and crude toy compared to that...nicely done sir.

We don't have the cold weather as you in Ont. so it's not a huge money savings for us but I just like waving at the propane truck when they pass us by and not depending on someone else to heat our place.

You are making some pretty good money with your setup.   :thumbup:

We have 100 acres of hardwood forest (oak, hickory, locust, hedge, ash, black walnut) here in the Ozarks, I can't even cut a good percentage of the dead trees.

And my neighbors just selectively logged (several varieties of oak, black walnut) 40 acres right next to me and told me to cut the tree tops if I wanted...an embarrassment of firewood wealth.

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