Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I've got wood

Our new heating system is unique in the fact that it uses wood and gives me wood. Revision Energy is putting the final touches on the system today (hopefully!) so we can have a toasty warm house by tonight. There was much to do in prep for the system going in. The biggest chore was preparing the firewood. We're a bit behind on that front since we've been working on the house so much but after a big push on Saturday with Papa Don and myself we now have somewhere between 3 & 4 cord of wood ready for winter. Another weekend of work and we should have plenty for this and next winter. I'm guessing that we've got enough wood from clearing for the house alone to last us a good three years. Good times.

The system itself relies on a super high efficiency wood boiler. It's so efficient that you need a place to store all of the heat (or else turn the house into a 24/7 sauna where fat guys with hairy bellies can sit around and fart and sweat all day) so Don and I built a 650 gallon water storage tank that the boiler will stuff all of the heat into which will then be taken from by both the heating and domestic system. Pretty cool stuff, once it's all up and running that is.

Here is a pic of the tank nearing completion. It included 4" of rigid insulation inside of a steel and plywood box. The whole thing gets lined with an epdm (rubber) membrane and then the hot water coils are added, it's filled with water and an insulated top is put on.

My own foil lined coffin.

The brains of the system. So many pretty yellow handles that I have NO IDEA WHATSOEVER what to do with.

Some of our wood prior to stacking.

B and I stacking the wood. Marcy was too busy taking pictures to be bothered with helping.

B actually helped pile for a solid 30-40 minutes. Trooper.

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