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Positives (+) and Negatives (-) of an Outdoor Wood Boiler

Jun 06, 2021
Hello everyone, welcome back to Poplar Ridge. I was here checking on the fire tonight to see how it was going. It's a cool, rainy November afternoon here in Ohio and while I was here I thought I'd share, you know? throw a couple of pieces of

wood

on the fire, but I also thought I'd talk to you about some of the

positives

and

negatives

I've had with an

outdoor

wood

boiler

and just to see what your experience has been if you have one. Of these, I have been using this wood

boiler

for about four years. I think this will be our fifth heating season with it and I have definitely found some great

positives

, but we also have some

negatives

, so if you are thinking about purchasing one of these, it might be something you should consider, so let's start with the positive aspects.
positives and negatives   of an outdoor wood boiler
The first positive aspect is that it is outside. For me, that is very positive. Your disorder, your smoke, your firewood. Everything stays outside. There is no mess you need. take it to your house, the flame is outside so it doesn't affect my insurance bills, there is no risk of a chimney fire burning down my house, if there is a chimney fire it won't go anywhere, as it can See, everything is just out and out. By the way, that's definitely a big positive. The second positive for me personally has been that the temperature inside is easily regulated, so I go in, set a thermostat inside and walk away from it.
positives and negatives   of an outdoor wood boiler

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I don't have to worry about overheating the house or under-heating the house in any direction the temperature stays constant in the house and the only thing I have to worry about is if I need to burn more or less wood um and then the third positive that I've found and this may seem obvious to you, but here where I live we burn wood, we are not connected to natural gas, so we have to use propane if we want to heat our house that way with our furnace, obviously, something In some places, some houses they're going to have an all electric oven, we don't have that here, we have a propane oven, so what's a great alternative?
positives and negatives   of an outdoor wood boiler
It is an excellent alternative fuel source, so I am not dependent on those fossil fuels or energy companies for supply. my heating, except for the small amount of electricity it takes to run this wood boiler, so those are my top three positives, if you can think of a positive that I haven't listed or one that you would perhaps rank above those three. I know in the comments, so now for the negatives, I think the main negative for me, we said this was positive, but it's also negative, is that it's outside. I mean, today is a great example of it being rainy, cool and nasty out here.
positives and negatives   of an outdoor wood boiler
This morning when I woke up at 5:30 it was pouring rain and I needed to get out here and check the firebox. Those are the times when I'm not as excited about coming here in the winter as when it's raining. I'd rather be snowing and cold just because I don't like getting wet and cold, so that's definitely a negative. You have to come here twice a day and charge this firebox, whether it's rain, snow, sleet, 10 below zero. It doesn't really matter, the firebox needs to be fed twice a day, so that's definitely a negative. The second negative that I have found with wood boilers in particular, so separating the idea of ​​an indoor wood stove is this wood, this wood.
The boiler needs electricity whereas we said you know you're burning an alternative fuel source and that's great because it's heated by wood, it requires some electricity to run the pump and then for my particular application I have to have electricity to run my boiler. fan, so if my power goes out, I have to have a backup source of electrical electricity, whether it's a generator or whatever the case may be, to run my pump and my fan inside to keep my house warm. The experience has been that if there is a power outage for a long time and you let it sit, the water will boil because it is not circulating even if the fire is not lit, so just those embers inside the combustion chamber are enough to overheat the water and I've actually also ruined a pump by plugging it back in after the power came back on and the hot water hit the pump and destroyed it because it was too hot so it's definitely a negative for me just the fact that it needs electricity and I have to be aware of my situation so if the power goes out I need to be close enough to home or at home to be able to make sure this has power connected so the third negative I have come to.
On the other side, wood burns. I know we said that was a positive too, but it burns a lot of wood, so I don't have any direct experience with using an indoor stove. Maybe you have it if you have it. I would like to hear your opinion. the comments, but I only talk to people who use an indoor stove and just compare notes with them. I definitely burn a lot more wood using an

outdoor

wood boiler than I would think if I had an indoor wood boiler, so that's a negative. I sure think that overall the positives of having an outdoor wood boiler outweigh the negatives, heating with wood is definitely preferable for me, so if I have an indoor or outdoor stove, that's definitely preferable for me, I definitely don't want to be. burning propane all season is too expensive and like I said before, I enjoy working on chopping wood.
I enjoy heating the house with wood, so yes, this thing burns a lot of wood here in Ohio, in southern Ohio, where I am. You could easily burn seven to nine cords of firewood a year and just talking to people who use an indoor stove in this area, they tend to burn less than that, so those are my top three positives and my top three negatives for run an outdoor stove. wood boiler, let me know what you think about it starting to rain here again. I just wanted to share this quick video with you tonight while I was checking on the fire and making sure we were good for tonight, so if you guys have.
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