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indirect off oil burner in an old-house cellar...in summer?

SAMB Member Posts: 3
I'm thinking of changing out my electric water heater for an indirect off my oil burner: more efficient, faster recovery and all that. Problem: my 19th-century cellar lacks a finished ceiling, and in many spots there's not even any subflooring beneath the floorboards above. If some heat from the furnace rises through floorboard gaps in winter, that's fine; in summer, maybe not so fine.

General HVAC wisdom says that for heating water the burner wouldn't run enough to create a summer problem, but of course that wisdom is based on cellar ceilings that keep the heat from rising into living space. Should I worry?

Thoughts, please?


  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,723
    Shouldn't be a problem- go for it!
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
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  • Bob Bona_4
    Bob Bona_4 Member Posts: 2,083
    Boiler will love you for it, keeping it dry and cleaner when it's used. So will the chimney ;)
  • lchmb
    lchmb Member Posts: 2,997
    unless you have 30 people in the house you wont notice it...I have something along the same idea and never had a problem..