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ThisOldGarageNJ 09-14-2009 04:58 AM

***Heating The House***
Hi All,
Was discussing this in another thread, Had I the forethought, I would have put my WFO in the house, or connected, Maybe ?

Question Now is, Has anyone come up with a way to alter a WFO to possibly pump heat into the house over the winter,

My first thought would be a copper pipe system, Insulated of course, to a radiator ? I know there has to be some kind of pressure relief ?

My Thoughts are to put a cast iron radiator/kettle ? in the oven and pipe hot water to the house to another radiator ? I would keep a live fire in the oven I would open the pipes and let the water circulate after the cooking so as to not draw off too much heat from the cooking time...

Maybe just a pipe dream ? But would love to hear some thoughts as I can get wood way cheaper than natural gas.....

Thanks for endulging me.


david s 09-14-2009 05:02 AM

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Build a new oven inside.

EADavis 09-14-2009 02:48 PM

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I heard a rumor at work here that there is a restaurant in Carmel (CA) that had pipes run from their WFO to heat the outside patio. Unfortunately, I did not get the name of the restaurant or contractor who did it. But it sounds doable.

Archena 09-14-2009 05:30 PM

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1) Use a heat exchange (which is pretty much what you're describing).
2) Build one of these: The Masonry Heater Association Home Page - Information on masonry heaters, manufacturers, and masonry heater builders (Better yet, get one built. They are tricky)

ThisOldGarageNJ 09-15-2009 04:42 AM

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This is the kind of Item im looking for, Found on ebay for 149.00,,,, Now its gonna take some time for reading, planning Making sure I dont blow the house up, Etc,,,,


dmun 09-15-2009 01:48 PM

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The English, who often used their Aga and Rayburn cookers as house heaters, had quite a complicated loop system, with an expansion tank, between the in-cooker coil and the room radiator. I think you need to keep the water circulating even when you're not calling for heat. These cookers were kept burning all day and all night: Do you use your oven enough to justify this complicated plumbing system?

Also, don't forget the redneck pool heater:

Anything is possible...

ThisOldGarageNJ 09-15-2009 02:11 PM

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First off is the redneck pool heater for real,,, Do I use the oven enough to heat the house ?, No,,, But I think I heat the house enough to use the oven for cooking..Im not trying to be a smart a**.... Just trying to get some more bang for my buck... I have a large amount of free wood available yearly, and my thoughts are if I can heat the house without hurting the oven or maybe build an outdoor fire box/heater it might be worth my while....

brokencookie 09-15-2009 05:00 PM

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Originally Posted by ThisOldGarageNJ (Post 64699)
First off is the redneck pool heater for real,,

Is this it ?

It probably goes with the Redneck grill in the next picture :D

Les 09-15-2009 05:14 PM

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Why not just put in a wood burning stove? Mine works great. It would be easier and a hell of a lot less $$.


RTflorida 09-15-2009 05:21 PM

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I think I saw an infomercial on that first pic......they were calling it the Drunken Dumb ASS Burner; or was it the Drunken DUMBass burner?...can't remember which.

Gives new meaning to "chestnuts roasting on an open fire"


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