You’ve been asking for a contemporary stylish wood stove that can also plumb into hydro radiant heat distribution. Obadiah’s has finally found the perfect solution to your heating needs! We are now offering some of the few wood-fired oven hydronic boilers on the North American market. Introducing the Concept 2 Max Hydro & Tim Sistem North Hydro Wood-Fired Oven with Boiler Jackets. You can now find both of these products on Obadiah’s website, click here to see the North Hydro Wood Cookstove with Boiler and here for the Concept 2 Max Hydro Wood Boiler with Oven.

These wood fired ovens with boilers are not required to meet EPA regulations. The North Hydro & Concept 2 Max Hydro both fit into the EPA’s definition of a wood cookstove, which is currently exempt from EPA regulations. These stoves meet Washington state wood cookstove standards.

The Concept 2 Max Hydro Central Heating Wood Range, and the Tim Sistem North Hydro Boiler with Oven, are designed with modern heating and cooking in mind. Both wood boiler cookstoves have glass doors on the firebox and oven for easy viewing. The glass door on the firebox has an excellent air-wash design for clean glass and a clear view of the crackling fire. The best part is that these stoves are definitely aesthetically appealing to those wanting an efficient heating source, and a stylish centerpiece for their home.

These European-made central heating cooking ranges provide the ability to connect into hydro heating. Yes, you can now efficiently heat your home with hot water, and have the ability to use the cooktop or wood-fired oven.  The sophistication of this superb wood burning hydronic cook stove is sure to please all consumers – from the novice to the advanced wood burner. These wood boiler stoves are available in a wide variety of colors to match all styles of decor: The North comes in stainless steel or black, while The Concept 2 Max Hydro comes in red, inox (stainless), gray, beige, and white.

These wood-burning central heating stoves are diverse in their radiant heating abilities. The Concept 2 Max Hydro also provides coal-burning capabilities, meaning it burns hotter, thus producing more BTUs. Personally, I love a wood burning stove that offers the ability to burn coal. I believe this is an excellent feature, as coal stoves pull in air from underneath the firebox for proper combustion air – this essentially works as a super charger when burning wood, allowing for easy ignition of the initial fire. In addition, if the stove can handle the high temperatures of coal, it is definitely built to last. Please keep in mind, however, that the North Hydro Wood Boiler Cook Range is rated to burn wood only.

You will not be disappointed with the ease and functionality of use of these wood fired ovens with boilers. It is critical that all boiler systems are set up properly and it is recommended that you consult a certified plumbing contractor when installing these systems. Once the system is properly installed, you will be pleased with the simplicity of the maintenance of the stove. The cooktop is removable, providing easy access for top and oven clean out. Ash clean out is located directly below the firebox, meaning all cleaning access is available from the front of the stove, perfect for tight clearance installations.

Heating with Hydronics

The Concept 2 Max Hydro & Tim Sistem North Hydro can be plumbed into a wide variety central heating systems, including both open and closed loop systems. Wood hydronic heating can be used for different applications too, including residential or commercial heating, radiant floor heating, domestic hot water, heated spa or swimming pool, greenhouses, farming, and snow melting. Every building or heating system is considered to be its own heating zone and should be installed with its own independent circuit controller, thermostat, and aquastat. Each heat zone will call for the correct water temperature depending on its heat distribution and room temperature required.

These wood fired ovens with boilers will produce heat in two efficient distribution forms. First, the boiler will provide radiant convection heat within the room where the stove is located, heating an area of approximately 1,000 square feet.  Second, you can plumb the boiler system which produces approximately 26,000 BTUs on the North Hydro or 75,000 BTUs on the Concept 2 Max Hydo. This allows you to use these appliances as hot water central-heating with the added bonus of a wood-fired oven that can be used as your primary residential heat source*. The boiler will heat the water that the pump transfers through the pipes, providing hot water to the room-heating units that are using radiant heat and convection to heat the room air. These units are usually called baseboard heaters, panels, radiators, or convectors.

*Note: Depending on size of home, insulation, and external temperatures.

We;ve had a chance to get our hands on both the Concept 2 Max Hydro and the North Hydro, so please check out our videos below to learn more about these great hybrid boilers.

You can now find these products on Obadiah’s website too! Check out the links below:

North Hydro Wood Cookstove with Boiler

Concept 2 Max Hydro Wood Boiler with Oven

– Article by Sarah Chain