We have wood heat at my house. And no other kind of heating. That’s right, no forced air furnace. It is a little challenging when it gets down to -40 but we manage.
Last fall I installed in floor heating, by the “staple up” method. It sounds easy, doesn’t it? In theory, it is.
The “staple up” method involves attaching hot water tubing to the underside of the floor. Then hot water will move through the tubing, which loops round and round between the floor joists. I have done all the work myself. The concept certainly has its appeal: locate the wood-fired boiler in a small insulated shed some distance from the house and run water pipes under ground to transfer heat for both space and water heating. Over the pastyears more and more people have chosen outdoor wood boiler systems to replace or augment their existing systems.
Of the many advantages to this system, not having to bring the wood and all of the bark bits, etc, into the house, really appeals to my wife. Of the disadvantages is going outside to stoke it on a cold winter night.
There are certain considerations to make before dedicating yourself to having a wood boiler system installed. The first thing to consider is smoke. If you live with close neighbors, or in an urban setting, you may not be able to use this system. Check your local laws, and discuss it with the owner of the closest house.
Another is the brand of outdoors wood boiler to install. Some are much more efficient than others! And with a more efficient burn they smoke less as well as use less wood. Some can run on natural gas as well as wood, for when there will be no one around to fill it.