Heating water with a wood stove?
A wood stove is designed to provide interior heat. A wood stove will heat a space, a room, a cabin – no problem. Heat Water? That’s a different beast that a wood stove was never meant to feed. However, due to increasing demand, manufacturers and technology today are making it very possible to do so.
If you are thinking that it is a chore to heat water via a wood stove, you would be correct.
With electricity and gas being so expensive and unpredictable, homeowners are looking for ways to save money by using a renewable energy source to heat their water.
With the exception of air conditioning units, furnaces, and washer/dryers, it is a fact that hot water heaters use more energy than almost any other home appliance.
With energy costs skyrocketing, homeowners are looking for alternative, cost effective solutions to reduce their energy costs.
The simplest way to heat water using a woodstove is to purchase a stove that is manufactured with a water jacket. It is as easy to Purchase a stove that offers the water jacket feature as it is not to. When looking at available stoves, ask your salesperson if a water jacket accessory is available. Being very uncommon, salespeople do not always think to mention this option to homeowners shopping for an alternative home heating remedy.
DO NOT retro fit your old stove with parts, as insurance companies usually don’t cover custom fit units.
A specialized tank must be installed to heat water using the water jacket. This tank has the option to be connected to solar collectors during the summer months.
As we said earlier, using a wood stove to heat water can be a chore.
If you are prepared to do the initial work in setting up a wood burning, water heating system, not only can you save money, but water heated by a wood stove can also be used for more than just washing clothes or bathing. To maximize your benefits, you can also install systems to provide in floor heating as well as baseboard heaters.
While heating your water with a wood stove may be the chore we said it would be, the cost savings would only be exceeded by the long term benefits to the environment.