using a oil boiler and a wood burner back boiler

Discussion in 'UK DIY' started by jon ringwood, Jan 25, 2004.

  1. jon ringwood

    jon ringwood Guest

    I am buying a house which has oil fired central heating, it also has a
    woodburing stove in the lounge, the wood burner has a back boiler on it
    which isn't connected. Can I connect the back boiler in to the central
    heating system and maybe use some type of control to select either system?

    cheers

    Jon
     
    jon ringwood, Jan 25, 2004
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    S Viemeister Guest

    jon ringwood wrote:
    >
    > I am buying a house which has oil fired central heating, it also has a
    > woodburing stove in the lounge, the wood burner has a back boiler on it
    > which isn't connected. Can I connect the back boiler in to the central
    > heating system and maybe use some type of control to select either system?
    >

    I have an oil-fired Rayburn, and an open fireplace in the living room, both
    of which are connected to the central heating system. The Dunsley
    Neutraliser is recommended as an interface.
     
    S Viemeister, Jan 25, 2004
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  3. On Sun, 25 Jan 2004 20:33:05 -0000, jon ringwood wrote:

    > I am buying a house which has oil fired central heating, it also has
    > a woodburing stove in the lounge, the wood burner has a back boiler
    > on it which isn't connected. Can I connect the back boiler in to the
    > central heating system and maybe use some type of control to select
    > either system?


    Provided that control is non-powered and doesn't require manual
    intervention, *ever*, to ensure that there is flow through the
    woodburners boiler.

    Dig back in this group or google for "dunsley neutraliser" which is
    the best way of doing this.

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    Cheers
    Dave. pam is missing e-mail
     
    Dave Liquorice, Jan 25, 2004
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  4. "jon ringwood" <> wrote in message
    news:bv195c$aau$...
    > I am buying a house which has oil fired central heating, it also has a
    > woodburing stove in the lounge, the wood burner has a back boiler on it
    > which isn't connected. Can I connect the back boiler in to the central
    > heating system and maybe use some type of control to select either system?
    >
    > cheers
    >
    > Jon
    >
    >


    I used a Dunsley Neutraliser for the last ten years, linking a multifuel
    stove and an oil boiler. Once the setup is balanced, it runs very well and
    no moving parts. The Neutraliser is just a steel box with tappings. Don't
    ask me how it works though!


    Regards


    Pat Macguire


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    P and H Macguire, Jan 25, 2004
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  5. jon ringwood wrote:

    > I am buying a house which has oil fired central heating, it also has a
    > woodburing stove in the lounge, the wood burner has a back boiler on it
    > which isn't connected. Can I connect the back boiler in to the central
    > heating system and maybe use some type of control to select either system?
    >
    > cheers
    >
    > Jon
    >
    >
    >


    Not worth the trouble IMHO.
     
    The Natural Philosopher, Jan 26, 2004
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    S Viemeister Guest

    The Natural Philosopher wrote:
    >
    > jon ringwood wrote:
    >
    > > I am buying a house which has oil fired central heating, it also has a
    > > woodburing stove in the lounge, the wood burner has a back boiler on it
    > > which isn't connected. Can I connect the back boiler in to the central
    > > heating system and maybe use some type of control to select either system?
    > >


    > Not worth the trouble IMHO.
    >

    Depends on local circumstances. My house is in a remote area. Last
    November the oil burner misbehaved, and had to be shut down while waiting
    for the heating engineer to appear - it took a week to get him here. I was
    VERY glad that I could use the fireplace in the living room to run the
    central heating!

    Sheila
     
    S Viemeister, Jan 26, 2004
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  7. jon ringwood

    Nic O'Demus Guest

    "The Natural Philosopher" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > jon ringwood wrote:
    >
    > > I am buying a house which has oil fired central heating, it also has a
    > > woodburing stove in the lounge, the wood burner has a back boiler on it
    > > which isn't connected. Can I connect the back boiler in to the central
    > > heating system and maybe use some type of control to select either

    system?
    > >
    > > cheers
    > >
    > > Jon
    > >
    > >
    > >

    >
    > Not worth the trouble IMHO.
    >

    I would disagree.
    I have gas available for CH & cooking. Installed a dedicated, and reasonably
    controllable, woodburner 21 years ago and this supplies all my CH & HW from
    October to March. Gas bill arrived yesterday - £41 credit.

    Annual cost of running the woodburner - about 4 x 1/2 days preparing,
    transporting and storing logs + 2 chain saws fuel and maintenance + feeding
    the fire about every 4 hrs (average) + cleaning the fire once every 7/10
    days.
    Maintenance and repairs on the woodburner have been about £68 over the last
    21 years. Chimney sweep every 2 years £40 per visit.

    IMHO, my woodburner does me proud. The labour involved is beneficial and
    enjoyable especially on wintery days. Also it trickles heat into the house
    24 hours per day, rather than the sudden blasts of heat provided by gas CH.
    This is much more beneficial to the fabric and contents of the building,
    again, IMHO.

    I have never felled a living tree and nor would I without very good cause. I
    live in a ****conservation**** area within 3 miles of Heathrow airport, so
    one might call it urbanised. I have never yet had to pay for wood / logs.
    Not many folk around here burn wood and it is surprising how many are glad
    to have it shifted for free.

    Nic.
     
    Nic O'Demus, Jan 27, 2004
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