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Solid fuel hot water systems

Wood, briquettes, coal and other solid fuels are not an option for continuous flow hot water systems. However, heating water using a water jacket (or wetback) attached or placed into a solid fuel burning firebox, stove or a stand-alone water heater can be extremely effective.

Water circulates inside the jackets and then through pipes to a storage cylinder. Alternatively, a water jacket collar can be attached to the flue of a solid fuel burning appliance.

Hot water can be delivered via a low pressure system or a mains pressure system (a heat exchanger is required for the latter).

This type of heating with a solid fuel burning appliance is only suitable in cold climates and weather conditions. Consider using it in conjunction with off peak electricity and/or solar systems.

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Page last updated: 10 December 2015