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Need an Efficient Stand By Propane Furnace.
1/04/2013 | Self

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.


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KEYWORDS: cold
I have been cutting my heating expence but my backup needs replacement.
1 posted on 01/04/2013 2:21:44 PM PST by Little Bill
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To: Little Bill

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?


2 posted on 01/04/2013 2:28:14 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Little Bill


3 posted on 01/04/2013 2:28:50 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: Little Bill

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.


4 posted on 01/04/2013 2:34:10 PM PST by DakotaGator (Weep for the lost Republic! And keep your powder dry!!)
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To: Little Bill

My understanding is the new stuff doesn’t use a pilot


5 posted on 01/04/2013 2:36:03 PM PST by wrench
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To: Little Bill

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.


6 posted on 01/04/2013 2:36:17 PM PST by ohiobuckeye1997
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To: Jonty30

This is New Hampshire, there ain’t no sun during the winter, right now, 14 F.


7 posted on 01/04/2013 2:36:29 PM PST by Little Bill (A)
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To: Little Bill
When we built new in 2001, we opted for a ground source heat pump and thermal floor. Very inexpensive to run.
R-60 cellulose in the attic, 2 X 6 walls filled with blown cellulose and the best Anderson doors and windows.
We also have a wood stove since we're surrounded by oak and hickory woods...
8 posted on 01/04/2013 2:44:31 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: Little Bill

Here is what you need

http://for-sale.yakaz.com/dearborn-propane-heaters


9 posted on 01/04/2013 2:50:16 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Little Bill

dearborns are 99% efficient


10 posted on 01/04/2013 2:51:31 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: ohiobuckeye1997

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.


11 posted on 01/04/2013 2:57:11 PM PST by Little Bill (A)
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To: Little Bill

I have a Rheem Classic 90 Plus. It’s VERY efficient and I love it.


12 posted on 01/04/2013 3:01:09 PM PST by TheRhinelander
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To: Little Bill
I would strongly suggest you get a wall hung or console -VENTED- heater. Unvented heaters are not for more than 4 hours use [with a window cracked they say in the instructions]. Second propane is more dangerous than natural gas because nat. gas is lighter than air and will evaporate but propane is heaver than air and will ‘pool up’ waiting for a spark [boom]. For example putting a propane furnace in a basement is practically forbiden See this for example of wall hung...

http://www.johnstonesupply.com/storefront/hvac-equipment/specialty/heaters-furnaces/wall-heaters-furnaces/c1027078-c1026859-c1026932-c1028302-b201359-p1.html

13 posted on 01/04/2013 3:17:56 PM PST by virgil283 ( *- Never give the devil a ride. He will always want to drive.-*)
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My Kid was talking these, his faggot uncle put in something similar. On my look up list.


14 posted on 01/04/2013 3:48:17 PM PST by Little Bill (A)
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To: Little Bill

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.


15 posted on 01/04/2013 4:04:48 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: Little Bill

“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...


16 posted on 01/04/2013 4:05:09 PM PST by virgil283 ( *- Never give the devil a ride. He will always want to drive.-*)
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To: Little Bill

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.
Very efficient!
Recommend this brand highly. Others out there as well. Look up “condensing “ heaters.


17 posted on 01/04/2013 4:20:07 PM PST by primatreat ("gimme me "obama EBT free money card. Hope the postman don't snitch it!)
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To: Little Bill
When you say ‘back up”, do you mean that if you are gone for a few hours more than anticipated and the wood-burner goes out, you need something to heat enough to keep the pipes from freezing, or do you need something to keep the house at the same temp when you are burning wood?
18 posted on 01/04/2013 4:24:02 PM PST by goodtomato (I'm really, really blessed!)
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To: Little Bill

single zone? mr buddy or big buddy.


19 posted on 01/04/2013 5:37:42 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Jonty30

the sun is a little ‘thin’ in NH these days - LOL


20 posted on 01/04/2013 6:07:18 PM PST by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does - by their fruits)
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To: primatreat
I took a look at their website, sounds interesting, I down sized after I retired and these units look promising.

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.

Bill

21 posted on 01/05/2013 2:42:11 PM PST by Little Bill (A)
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To: maine-iac7
On the edge of a 100,000 motengators, if you were in the Army in the 60’s you know what I am saying.
22 posted on 01/05/2013 2:48:32 PM PST by Little Bill (A)
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To: Little Bill

- bookmarked -


23 posted on 01/06/2013 5:03:50 PM PST by Sparky1776
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