Types of Coal Boilers

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Types of Coal Boilers
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Heating a home is a task that every family must face to make it through a cold winter comfortably. Boilers have advanced over the years. However, it's still possible to buy and install coal burning boilers in homes. New designs and material have made it possible to place boilers in tight spaces. Before installing a coal boiler, check with current building code regulations as coal burning boilers are considered to be unfriendly to the environment.

Freestanding Boilers

Freestanding boilers are made from cast aluminium or pressed steel. Construction of these materials allows the boilers to be thinner, allowing them to fit between other appliances. Freestanding boilers are a good choice for households that want to burn coal. The boiler can be room-sealed, which means that oxygen is provided to the boiler through a flue or can have a conventional flue that draws in air from the room.

Wall-mounted Boilers

Wall-mounted boilers are a common choice for home boiler installation. They're made of lighter material and are more compact. The compact size of these boilers makes them ideal for small living spaces as valuable floor space isn’t used by the boiler. However, due to the compact size, it's unable to hold a surplus of fuel at a time. A coal-burning, wall-mounted boiler may be difficult to keep fuelled properly.

Solid-fuel Boilers

A boiler that burns coal is considered a solid-fuel boiler. These boilers commonly employ a freestanding design. Besides coal, a solid-fuel boiler can burn wood, straw and carbon neutral pellets. Regulations against solid-fuel boilers have been implemented in many areas because they're considered environmentally unfriendly. It's important to check with local regulations before installing a coal-burning boiler system in a home.

Conventional Boiler

A conventional boiler is the basis for recent boiler designs. A conventional boiler heats water in a large tank and heat is generated from this water. The tank holding the water is often under very high pressure, so it's important that the conventional boiler is made of strong materials. A solid fuel, such as coal, is generally used to heat the water in a conventional boiler.

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