Skip to comments.Need an Efficient Stand By Propane Furnace.
Posted on 01/04/2013 2:21:39 PM PST by Little Bill
I heat my home with wood and have regulated my forced hot water furnace to back up. It sucks and is maintience intensive. I am going to replace it with what?
I Live on a snow line in central New Hampshire and it gets COLD, F'n Cold. What I need is a reliable single zone propane furnace that can stand long periods of NON use. NO Pilot.
If it’s just some hot water, have you tried one of those solar bags, that you fill with cold water and let stand in the sun?
How about a propane-fueled soapstone stove? Some models can provide the aesthetics of a “fireplace” with the utility of a backup room furnace and a cooking surface.
My understanding is the new stuff doesn’t use a pilot
I have a Ruud achiever 90+. Tough furnace. In summer 2007 we had 10 inches of rain in a 7 hour period over night. record rainfall in nw Ohio woke up with 2 feet of water in basement. All the electronics were underwater. i let it dry for 2 months and then in the fall I fired it up and it worked fine. In 2012 I finally had to have the mother board replaced. the tech said that the water likely started some corrosion that eventually got it....but that is the only expense on that furnce in th 13 years I have had it.
This is New Hampshire, there ain’t no sun during the winter, right now, 14 F.
Here is what you need
dearborns are 99% efficient
I will look that up. My problem is that I need reliable back up after long down time.
I was watching a neighbor get a fill up at 3.70 a gallon. My heating bill, with wood has run around $1200 a season plus $600 for cooking and hot water, propane.
I have a Rheem Classic 90 Plus. It’s VERY efficient and I love it.
My Kid was talking these, his faggot uncle put in something similar. On my look up list.
Monitor. Burns K-1 or fuel oil, vents outdoors. Needs electric to run, so that may cut it off as an option for you. I’d consider a standalone K-1 burner, instead of propane. More heat for a given volume of fuel.
“On my look up list.”.....Oh I forgot to mention the reason this type is good is that they are natural draft, meaning no electricity needed because there is no fan. Works when the power is off...
Try New York thermal. They are located in Canada and have many distributors in the NE. They have150 K btu propane “condensing” boilers that hang on the wall. I have one that heats 7000 Sq foot house with radiant tubes under the floor. The exhaust is just vapor and is relatively cool.
My son has one of the boiler system that works extremely well with radiators.
No pilot light. Works well with the balancing of the OATvs temp in house.
Recommend this brand highly. Others out there as well. Look up “condensing “ heaters.
single zone? mr buddy or big buddy.
the sun is a little ‘thin’ in NH these days - LOL
My son tells me that my pevert exbrother in law has one and wants me to look at it, I’ll take a pass I can’t stand the poof.
This seems to be an Ideal solution to my problem because I only need freeze protection and back up for my pellet stoves. The main thing is reliabilty I don’t want to go to FLA and come back to a frozen house.
Thanks for the pointer.
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