INTRODUCTION TO BACK BOILER STOVES
Back boiler stoves are becoming very popular due to rising prices of gas and other fuels. Boiler stoves can supply you with direct radiant heat in the room the appliance is situated, supply domestic hot water and / or central heating for the home. They can be connected up to old or existing heating systems but not combination boilers. We can supply back boiler stoves but we strongly advise you use a qualified heating engineer to diagnose exactly what / which type of stove you require.
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If you have one of those wood-burning furnaces heating water and maybe your home, you may have a back boiler stove somewhere in your house. Also called a wetback stove or wetback heater, boiler units may be placed in the back of the house, or hidden behind a chimney or fireplaces. Boilers attached to stoves are more common. The boiler usually has a heat exchanger enclosed at the rear of the burning chamber and a hot water output at the top and a cold water feed at the bottom of the chamber. The hot water cylinder usually is attached to a gravity water feeder, with an overflow vent to prevent excess pressure build up. For water circulation to provide central heat it may require an electrical pump.
Boiler manufacturers boast an 80% efficiency rating on most oil-fed models, as the boiler can improve efficiency by acting as a heat-sink to extract more heat from the flue system, which otherwise could be lost. Upgrades and improvements over the years have made many back boilers equal to or more efficient than other heating devices. Created in the 1960s, back boiler stoves area primarily used in the UK and Ireland, where they are known as “back” boilers because they are traditionally placed at the rear of the home. There were invented to harness excess heat normally escaping up the chimney.
However, some modern back boilers are made aesthetically pleasing enough to become a beautiful addition to many living areas, and modern stoves are providing clean and efficient use. The modern wood burning stove is a safe and efficient way to improve the look and feel of a room, as they are designed and manufactured in almost every style imaginable, to fit almost any home. In Ireland and the UK boilers used as water and central heaters are strictly regulated, to prevent explosions which can happen if the boilers overheat. Users can also suffer carbon-monoxide poisoning if the boilers are not vented properly. New aesthetically pleasing stainless steel and glass lined boilers have a higher heat output and are generally more efficient than those with “clip-on” additions made to bring older models up to modern standards. Prices for back burner boiler stoves can range from around 500 pounds to thousands, depending the type of the appliance you are looking for.
Buying a wood burning stove with a boiler, or simply attaching a clip-on boiler to your existing stove could save you hundreds a year in energy costs, help shrink your carbon footprint, and provide a great deal of comfort economically, environmentally, and physically during cold winter months.