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Old 11-18-2006, 08:29 AM   #1
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Has anyoine her ever done it? It's a simple design I'm looking for. A tank within a tank with a vent going out the top. Lots of welding I know.
I may have to shell out the 5000+ bucks and buy one but I know i can come up with the tanks/large diameter pipes and put my part timer on the welder.
Just looking for someone who may have been down this road. I will be using this for a dry kiln which I have already built the chamber for.
I also see no reason why it can't do double duty as my shop heater.
i have tons of free waste wood from the sawmill.
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Old 11-18-2006, 05:44 PM   #2
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I have seen a design for one, and scratching my head, don't remember where, but basically it what a double drum wood fired heater kit with coiled copper in the upper drum....maybe 3 wraps...supposedly so there is not a true steam boiler effect, and you get actual heating just like a stove, with the top drum containing the coils....maybe this will work? My only question would be what if you don't need the heat in the shop?

I think I would get info on the outdoor boilers we see advertised in countryside magazine and others and then you could maybe have hot water heat for both as needed. Be interesting what you come up with.

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Has anyoine her ever done it? It's a simple design I'm looking for. A tank within a tank with a vent going out the top. Lots of welding I know.
I may have to shell out the 5000+ bucks and buy one but I know i can come up with the tanks/large diameter pipes and put my part timer on the welder.
Just looking for someone who may have been down this road. I will be using this for a dry kiln which I have already built the chamber for.
I also see no reason why it can't do double duty as my shop heater.
i have tons of free waste wood from the sawmill.
I built a woodboiler that I have inside my barn. Heats the barn and house. Its a 250 gallon fuel oil tank inside a big metal box. (250 gallonsof hot water) Works great. Eats wood. To do it over again I wood make some changes but I'll wait till it rusts out to do that.
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Old 12-06-2006, 05:03 PM   #4
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I have a Tarm wood boiler that I use to run my radiant heat on my first floor. It is really an efficient wood burner. The flame from it is like a gas bolier not like a regular wood burner. Expensive but nice.
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have a homemade one...36 inch pipe inside a 42 inch...fan force air supply..works well but there is room for improvement..am pondering building another.. would like to make more efficient..as i get older would like to cut less wood....lol
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You might want to look into 'The Mother Earth News'. Lot's of good info there.

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