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Hi from South Gippsland, Victoria

Postby Chris D » Mon Jun 27, 2016 10:13 pm

Hi there.
My name is Chris and I have been an enthusiastic reader of various posts on this forum and am now joining. I'm a recently retired engineer and live between our Melbourne home and our small farm near Mirboo North, in South Gippsland. We intend that the farm will be our primary residence for the future years. We are about to carry out a thorough renovation of one of our farmhouses and are planning for a responsible, well insulated building but nothing too extreme. Of interest to the forum here, we will be fitting a hot water boiler and hydronic radiators as our primary heating source.

We are in the throes of making a decision on the type of boiler but have designed a "boiler room" to accommodate it. There seems to be conflicting information around as to the best configuration for boiler with or without a hot water storage vessel.

Of other interest is that we'll install a PV array during the build and, with it, most likely a priority relay to provide PV excess power to our HWS.

I'm keen to hear from folk who have installed a hot water boiler. Pitfalls etc. Shortlisted brands are Firex Gasogen and the Dynamic series dedicated wood - fired boilers from Wise in Albury . Building will begin within two to three weeks so the ordering of boiler and ancillaries is perhaps a month away.
Regards to all
Chris
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Re: Hi from South Gippsland, Victoria

Postby Gordon-Loomberah » Tue Jun 28, 2016 8:18 am

Welcome to the Energy Matters Forums Chris :)

Have you considered using evacuated tubes to add heat to your boiler? In sunny cold weather it could significantly reduce the use of wood.
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Re: Hi from South Gippsland, Victoria

Postby Chris D » Sat Jul 09, 2016 1:43 pm

Thanks for this. Yes I did but won't for this installation on a simple cost vs benefit insofar as the number of days we'll use this house. I have decided on using the Australian Thermalux Belvedere 5000 as opposed to the Italian Firex 34. A little less efficient but perhaps better able to cope with our periodically less than ideal wood dryness. I understand the gasification models don't like wood that's anything other than around 15% water. In this region, getting wood from 20% to 15% or equals a long time in storage.

I'm keen to hear from anyone with alternate views. By the way, most of the timber to be burnt is of our own planting in the past 16 years.

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Re: Hi from South Gippsland, Victoria

Postby Ccc » Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:09 pm

Hi Chris

I would be very grateful for an update to your story!

I myself have shortlisted the belvedere 5000 for our farmhouse hydronic retrofit so I'm specifically interested in this. Are there any insights you'd care to share with us ?

Thanks in advance
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Re: Hi from South Gippsland, Victoria

Postby Chris D » Fri Jan 31, 2020 4:40 pm

Just in case Christian is still waiting for my reply, I'm finally back on the forum 18 months after I was asked the question! Apologies. Nevertheless, I hope the attached is useful to anyone going down the wood boiler and hydronics path.

We've had a little over two years experience with our system and it has been without fault. If I was back in the market for this sort of system, I'd not hesitate to use the Thermalux Belvedere boiler and the radiator system it delivers hot water to. I'd not change a thing. It supplies heated water to 13 radiators spread around our house although we typically only have around 8 in use; we simply turn them off and shut the doors to those rooms.

The boiler is rugged and simple and gets fed a diet of less than ideal wood grown on our small farm. It's seldom drier than 20% but I'm getting ahead with my firewood supply. I dealt directly with the boiler manufacturer, Wise Living, and went to visit them in Albury on two occasions.Terrific people, good solid products and they were most helpful. I'm happy to take a call from anyone interested in such a system, Just respond to this and we can set it up.

I do apologise for taking so long to get back on the forum.
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