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Posted by tara on November 28, 2009 at 19:24:58:
In Reply to: Re: Hydronic Fireplace posted by HeatPro on November 28, 2009 at 13:55:22:
Thanks for your reply,
I'm looking at retrofitting a open, wood-burning fireplace with cast iron pipes which serve to carry heated water to a water-to-air heat exchanger. I suppose this exchanger would then heat air coming out of the central furnace where the blower is. This fireplace acting as a boiler, would serve as a secondary source of heat. We're looking at either a heatpump or geothermal as the primary source of heat.
Our logic is that while we're using the fireplace, why not distribute the heat generated in it to the rest of the house. This system works quite well at my husband's family home in Greece--toasty. I just see it as such a waste to enjoy a fire while not taking advantage of the abundant heat source that it provides. I'd love to retrofit one. Make sense?
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