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Old 01-26-2009, 05:11 PM   #1
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worth freeing up flu for wood stove?

Hi Everyone.
First of all, thanks for all the great advice over last year or so. I've learned an enormous amount and always appreciate your input.

I have a 1918 sort of Victorian Cottage with zero insulation anywhere, but otherwise relatively tight and sound.

I have a 40-50 year old Burnham Jubilee which is running just fine.

I have my t-stat run at 50 all day and kick up to 60 in the evening when I'm hanging around. This makes a big difference over just running it at 60 24/7 as my last tenants were doing.s

Even so, and even with oil having dropped way down, I'm burning oil at an alarming rate.

The house has one chimney with one flu for the boiler.

Here's what I'm wondering: Would it be worth converting to a natural gas boiler, direct vent it, and free up the chimney to put a wood stove inside my living space? I would only do this if I learned how to install the boiler myself. I've already tackled all basic plumbing in my bathroom remodel.

IT is my understanding that the gas company would put in the line for free, as well as sell me the boiler at a hugely discounted rate (I had a technician estimate $1,000 for a wall mounted, direct-vented Buderus).

I also feel like a huge priority is insulation, but I have mostly knob and tube wiring. I've been around with the expanding foam mcans in the basement, seealing windows and stuff, but what else can i do safely around the K&T?

What are my priorities for trying to save on energy costs?



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Old 01-26-2009, 05:47 PM   #2
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Seal the house. Air infiltration is one of your worse enemies for heating or cooling. Seall all switches and receps on outside walls. Repair/replace all worn door seals.
Caulk around all windows.
Then insulation.

PS: Make sure you have enough ombustion air for that boiler.

The Jubilee is a work horse, but not very efficient.


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Old 01-27-2009, 08:21 AM   #3
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been is correct. Tightening of your thermal envelope will have huge payoffs down the road, and unlike new HVAC equipment doesn't have a limited lifespan. Once you feel you have accomplished as much as is feasible then look into a new heating system. If you are an avid DIYer than there is probably not much you can't tackle yourself when improving your thermal envelope.

BTW, it might be time you worked on your electrical skills and started replacing that K&T.

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