Are you thinking about a traditional boiler, but are not sure if you want it indoors or outdoors? This is an important decision, and over the years Obadiah's has helped many customers decide what is best for their household or business. To get you started, here are six things to ask yourself when comparing a traditional indoor and outdoor boiler.
In the past ten years, "Gasification Boilers" has become a popular buzzword for dealers like myself. It sounds like magic, and many companies are using the label "Gasification Boilers" to market a product to North America that, in my opinion, does not fit the actual needs or mindset of the market here: European-style batch burner boilers. It's been my experience that the boiler market in North America is very low-tech and focuses mostly on outdoor boilers, a technology that is very dirty burning and inefficient. That inefficiency, combined with their growing popularity, has put the outdoor boiler in the EPA's cross-hairs for elimination (at the moment, they are still allowed for agricultural markets where there is no local regulation for particulate output; for more information, please read Obadiah's article here on how the EPA's regulations affect users in the United States). Why are outdoor boilers popular, then?
If you've ever asked yourself how a boiler system works, try looking at it like this: An open-system wood boiler is like your engine, and the radiant heating system attached to the boiler is like the cooling system in your engine.
So you've heard good things about wood boilers, but maybe you've only ever dealt with gas heat or a woodstove and you're just not sure where or how to start. That's ok! We all started somewhere with our heating experiences, and Obadiah's is here to help you get set up.
Picture this: You have a gallon of fuel, a generator, and you need to produce electricity to power your home. You could run your generator at an idle all day long, but your gallon of fuel won't go very far doing that. However, if you run the generator at a more efficient speed and use that power to charge a battery bank, later you can draw power as needed and the generator only needs to run to charge the battery bank again. How frugal you are with your stored energy will determine how long you can go on a charge.
I have been in the Fire/Hearth/HVAC/Building industries for over 32 years, and the one thing I know for sure is that I don’t know everything. We just try to tell the truth and give honest advice based on our experience, what works and what may not meet the customer’s expectations. In talking with customers, I’m always learning new things; it’s one of the reasons I love doing what I do. That being said, I’d like to offer some advice based on my experiences in the heating industry: Over the last few years many folks have called me because they suddenly have an outdoor boiler sitting around their property with a “Condemned: Do No Use” sticker attached to it, despite the unit being only a few years old. Why, you ask?