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Saving that propane,... #14337716 12/04/19
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Rigged an aluminum heat sink over the fireplace,....hung a slow blowing 12V mini fan that pushes air across it,...got the hearth filled with cured out Bradford Pear wood,...which is plentiful around here.

The thermostat is set on 64 and the thermometer indicates that it's 70 degrees inside the house,....so the furnace thinks it's July. It's asleep.

My Toolmaker inspired heat exchanger seems to be working pretty good.

My goal is to make it to Valentines day on 400 gallons of propane.

We'll see.

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Re: Saving that propane,... [Re: Bristoe] #14337765 12/04/19
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even if you cut the bill in half ,it's worth it.

Re: Saving that propane,... [Re: Bristoe] #14337783 12/04/19
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We’re only using a 30K BTU propane stove, with ceiling fans for circulation. The thermostat is set @ 64degrees also. We’re keeping 3 levels/3800 sq/ft. quite comfortable.....though the basement is a bit cool. You need pants and long sleeves down there! We’ll probably use a bit more than 400 gallons by Valentines Day.....but not a lot more. It really depends on how many days we’re below zero! memtb

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Re: Saving that propane,... [Re: Bristoe] #14337785 12/04/19
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How about a picture of your apparatus or is it proprietary?


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Originally Posted by roundoak
How about a picture of your apparatus or is it proprietary?


I would,...but my pic posting gadget won't work on this computer.

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We haven’t used the heater yet. We had AC on last weekend.

Re: Saving that propane,... [Re: Bristoe] #14337835 12/04/19
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Originally Posted by Bristoe
Rigged an aluminum heat sink over the fireplace,....hung a slow blowing 12V mini fan that pushes air across it,...got the hearth filled with cured out Bradford Pear wood,...which is plentiful around here.

The thermostat is set on 64 and the thermometer indicates that it's 70 degrees inside the house,....so the furnace thinks it's July. It's asleep.

My Toolmaker inspired heat exchanger seems to be working pretty good.

My goal is to make it to Valentines day on 400 gallons of propane.

We'll see.

Had one of these in my first house, they work great.
[img]https://cdn11.bigcommerce.com/s-8bc...Grate_Heater_1__65444.1567192138.jpg?c=2[/img]


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Re: Saving that propane,... [Re: Kyhilljack] #14337843 12/04/19
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Originally Posted by Kyhilljack
Originally Posted by Bristoe
Rigged an aluminum heat sink over the fireplace,....hung a slow blowing 12V mini fan that pushes air across it,...got the hearth filled with cured out Bradford Pear wood,...which is plentiful around here.

The thermostat is set on 64 and the thermometer indicates that it's 70 degrees inside the house,....so the furnace thinks it's July. It's asleep.

My Toolmaker inspired heat exchanger seems to be working pretty good.

My goal is to make it to Valentines day on 400 gallons of propane.

We'll see.

Had one of these in my first house, they work great.
[img]https://cdn11.bigcommerce.com/s-8bc...Grate_Heater_1__65444.1567192138.jpg?c=2[/img]


I've seen those around. They want big money for them these days.

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Originally Posted by Bristoe
Originally Posted by Kyhilljack
Originally Posted by Bristoe
Rigged an aluminum heat sink over the fireplace,....hung a slow blowing 12V mini fan that pushes air across it,...got the hearth filled with cured out Bradford Pear wood,...which is plentiful around here.

The thermostat is set on 64 and the thermometer indicates that it's 70 degrees inside the house,....so the furnace thinks it's July. It's asleep.

My Toolmaker inspired heat exchanger seems to be working pretty good.

My goal is to make it to Valentines day on 400 gallons of propane.

We'll see.

Had one of these in my first house, they work great.
[img]https://cdn11.bigcommerce.com/s-8bc...Grate_Heater_1__65444.1567192138.jpg?c=2[/img]


I've seen those around. They want big money for them these days.

Make one. While you have time before the cane starts growing.


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We pray for no pain
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I don't know, first-hand - but I've been told that some of those heat exchangers can cool the flue so much, that they need to be swept more often.

Any one know if that's true?


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Re: Saving that propane,... [Re: Kyhilljack] #14337865 12/04/19
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Originally Posted by Kyhilljack
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Originally Posted by Bristoe
Rigged an aluminum heat sink over the fireplace,....hung a slow blowing 12V mini fan that pushes air across it,...got the hearth filled with cured out Bradford Pear wood,...which is plentiful around here.

The thermostat is set on 64 and the thermometer indicates that it's 70 degrees inside the house,....so the furnace thinks it's July. It's asleep.

My Toolmaker inspired heat exchanger seems to be working pretty good.

My goal is to make it to Valentines day on 400 gallons of propane.

We'll see.

Had one of these in my first house, they work great.
[img]https://cdn11.bigcommerce.com/s-8bc...Grate_Heater_1__65444.1567192138.jpg?c=2[/img]


I've seen those around. They want big money for them these days.

Make one. While you have time before the cane starts growing.


I'd probably do that if I still had a machine shop at my disposal. But those days are over,...thank goodness.

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Supposed to dip into the 50's here tonight. At least the AC is not running for a day to two.


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Re: Saving that propane,... [Re: mark shubert] #14337875 12/04/19
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Originally Posted by mark shubert
I don't know, first-hand - but I've been told that some of those heat exchangers can cool the flue so much, that they need to be swept more often.

Any one know if that's true?

Never had that problem. Biggest advantage to them is all you need is a slow burning fire, and just the coals laying on the grate keeps producing a lot of heat. The one I had came with a door where the hot air blew out the top.


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We pray for no pain
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We thank you Lord
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We thank you for the sights
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We pray for safety, one and all
We pray we may return next fall
Re: Saving that propane,... [Re: Bristoe] #14338071 12/04/19
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How much is propane now. Haven’t bought any in 20 years.

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$2.85 a gallon here.


Yup.

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