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turning off my summer winter hook up on a new yorker oil burner.

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JK_3
JK_3 Member Posts: 240
one of my clients in the bridgewater nj area buns wood.she purchased a very good wood burning stove and has tremendous gas savings. she is a widow with a very large (approx 5000 sq ft) house. the hot water baseboard system that i installed is 8 zones. she barely uses most of the house so all of the thermostats are set to 55. the stove was installedin the large parlor where she spends most of her time alone and entertaining.she has six acres and plants new trees all the time.as they fall or become sick they become fire wood.i built a leanto of sorts with very large wood racks (she almost always has enough wood on hand to go for about two whole seasons) the used ash is used on the property for a few things ie: fertilizer,walking paths,mixed with mud for morter in stone walls etc. she can put a good log in at bed time and still has fire in the morning.when family comes to stay just the rooms being used have the therms turned up and her gas bill is always amazingly low. she is by far my favorite client and over the 15 or so years has become a dear freind to my family.at 60+ years i say god bless this woman.

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  • Jay_37
    Jay_37 Member Posts: 1
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    Because of rising oil prices I installed a electric hot water heater and a wood stove. Is there a way to shut off the domestic hot water side of the heater so the oil buner will only come on if the thermostat calls for heat in the house? It is an older new yorker with a honeywell control unit.
  • Dave_4
    Dave_4 Member Posts: 1,405
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    Yes,

    But you'll need to get "into" the wiring to put a simple "on/off" toggel in the D/H/W coil circuit.

    Question: You surely realize the dependency of 49% of all generated is directly related to oil costs? You are also aware of the BTU content of hardwoods? The poor efficiency of even the very "best" wood stoves? The delivered cost of a cord of wood? The labor of log gathering daily, ash removal weekly and the insurance premium increases from wood heating? Can you leave the house in dead of winter for a week, etc?

    Did you ever consider the true total cost of the move in real savings, cost of the "alternative" system installed, chimney requirements, etc?

    If it's romance you seek, the wood burner is tough to beat. If it is real economic benefit and comfort you seek, you made a choice based on abnormal and exceptional conditions, not what we encounter in the real world.
  • coalcracker
    coalcracker Member Posts: 51
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    Jay, Go for it. This is my 31st year of heating with wood and having a fully functional oil hot water heating system in the basement.

    All you have to do is disconnect or add a valve to stop the inflow of cold water into the coil and run that line into the hot water heater. There are no switches involved.

    I have never used the oil boiler to heat the house, except for maybe 2 weeks in all its 31 years. If we go away for a day and the house temperature drops to 68 degrees, it only took 30 seconds to restart the stove until the house was up to 75-80, where we like it.

    My boiler was used exclusively to make up domestic hot water. With a family of five, our fuel usage was 250 gallons a year consistently over the 30 year period. Last year I came across a used efm wood/coal boiler and now I use that boiler, which heats both the domestic hot water and the radiators and keeps the house at 75 all the while using my favorite fuel; free,clean pallet wood. It still takes 30 seconds to start a fire and because it's integrated into my existing oil boiler, with the addition of relays and aquastats, it's very versatile and fully automatic. (It helps that I also work in the oil/coal industry.) The wood stove still stands in the living room, but isn't used.

    It's still probably cheaper to use your oil boiler to create domestic hot water rather than with electric, and I would use the existing boiler to make hot water and just keep the thermostats turned all the way down and if you need them, turn them up.

    You must be safety conscious with wood heat, but don't let anybody discourage you.
  • burnerman_2
    burnerman_2 Member Posts: 297
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    BECAUSE YOUR BOILER IS SET UP FOR "MAINTAIN"TEMP U WILL NEED TO ELIMINATE THE LOW LIMIT AND THE DIFFERENTURAL TO MAKE IT A COLD START ON THE CONTROL I WORKED ON U TAKE THE RED WIRE AND THE WHITE WIRE AND WIREBUGGEDTHEM TOGETHER THIS LETS THE BOILER START OFF THE THEMOSTAT IF U SEE THE PLACE TO PRESS IN U CAN REMOVE WIRE EASILY THEN IF ELEC SKYROCKETS U CAN PUT THEM BACK TO USE THE BOILER FOR HOT WATER OKIE DOKIE ROYBOY
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