How to Heat Hot Water With a Woodburning Stove

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How to Heat Hot Water With a Woodburning Stove
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The look of a wood-burning stove is absolutely beautiful. They bring back the feel of an earlier, rustic time. Along with the fond memories of this beautiful working stove, many families use them for heating small rooms and even taking a kettle of water and placing it on the hob and bringing to a heated temperature to add to hot chocolate or a nice cup of tea. A wood-burning stove can reach a temperature to actually heat hot water without placing the kettle inside the wood burning stove. If you want to use wood heat to warm your home instead of the high price of gas or electricity, you can with the proper accessories. First, let's look at heating hot water on top of the stove.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Cast iron kettle

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    Buy a cast iron kettle to place on top of your wood burning stove, fill with water, and let heat. Soon you will be enjoying a hot cup of your favourite beverage to warm you during the chilled winter months. Now, with a warm drink in hand, let's look at what you need to turn your wood burning stove into a stove that will also heat hot water for your home.

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    Decide if the current location is where it will stay or if you need to move it to a different location to use it to heat the water for the household. It may be that you like the one you have and want to buy another wood-burning stove specifically for the purpose of heating the water. If you have a chimney this is a great place to locate the wood burning stove, as you can attach the pipes to the chimney.

  3. 3

    Clean out any debris that may be accumulated in the chimney. During this time you can also remove any old pipes that will not be used for the attachments to your wood-burning stove.

  4. 4

    Measure your fireplace and begin looking for a wood-burning stove that will fit in the measurements of the areas you have chosen.

  5. 5

    Shop for the attachments needed to transform your wood-burning stove into an efficient distributor of hot water and heat.

  6. 6

    Decide on the type of water-warming attachment that is best for the type of wood stove you have. Attachments come either to be connected to your chimney or heater box. You can look online to find this information or contact the store of purchase.

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    Hire an inspector who can check for safety, once you have attached the water-warming section. You want to have your new system pressure tested so that the material used can withstand the high and continuous heat, especially if you are using it to be the primary heater of the household water.

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