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Finally an inexpensive, reliable, low maintenance method of heating our greenhouses and fish tanks.  Bio-mass is one of the least expensive fuels available. Readily available pellets can be bought by the ton, or you can make your own fuel.

We have become Wiseway Pellet Stoves first distributor for this unique pellet stove.  I have been working with them for some time now, and they have added a stainless steel water heating coil to their stove for heating the water in our AP fish tanks.  I will have pricing soon, as well as more details on how it works. BTUs, etc.  They will be delivering the first stove in a couple of weeks, and we will be doing some demos around Washington for those interested.

No electricity! Portable! Cost effective! It will burn up to 36 hours on a bag of pellets! No more worries about heat loss during a power outage.  Water (safest in case of a leak) or some other suitable liquid will be circulated through the heating element and the heat radiates from a hose either in the tank or wrapped around the tank to warm the water.

This stove can also be used to heat a shop, cabin, tent, etc. and with the water heating capacity... your pool, hot tub.... Very exciting possibilities!

 

We are also looking at making it multi-fuel capable.  Propane, Mathane, Natural Gas, as well as Biomass and wood pellets.

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They are making a multi-fuel version as well.  It will burn propane or pellets, and heat water.  They will be delivering the first one to me in a couple of weeks.  I will let you all know how it works out and the cost breakdown.

Thanks much. If you would be willing to contatc me directly, lanceco@comcast.net  will do. Thanks.

We got our Demo-unit today.  We fired it up, 700 degrees in ten minutes, water heat exchanger was making steam in 15 minutes. That was with the water only half way filling the heat exchanger.  We will now work on a thermostatically controlled system for heating the fish tanks.  Awesome unit, this will be very economical to run.  Base stove for the first ten units sold will go for $900 plus shipping.  The Stainless steel heat exchanger is an additional $300 for heating the water.  After that they will go to $1,195.00 for just the base unit.  The reason for the great deal is to raise their company enough money to get the EPA testing done for WA state.  All other states have approved their stove.

$900 for the stove (Only 10 will be sold at this price, then they go to $1,195.00) $300 to add the stainless steel water heating component.
 
Lance Woolen said:

Really looking forward to seeing the final price on these.

This is a basic view of the heating system I will be incorporating with the pellet stove. What do you think?

 

More testing of the Wiseway Pellet stove this morning.  We achieved a 40 degree increase in water temperature in a 55 gallon barrel in 4 hours on high. Water circulating through the stove at about 2 gallons per minute increased in temp about 10 degrees.  The water was 45 degrees when we started and 85 degrees after the four hour period.

Rick, is the 55 gallon barrel equivalent to the tank marked "baffle" in your drawing posted Monday? Did you heat all 55 gallons or was the barrel only partially full? Why do you need the baffle tank? Why not pump directly to the fish tank?

Rick Stillwagon said:

More testing of the Wiseway Pellet stove this morning.  We achieved a 40 degree increase in water temperature in a 55 gallon barrel in 4 hours on high. Water circulating through the stove at about 2 gallons per minute increased in temp about 10 degrees.  The water was 45 degrees when we started and 85 degrees after the four hour period.

That tank is to help keep it an "open" system and make it easier to control the temps in the FT. A closed system can build pressure (boiler), there are safeties to deal with that I just havent wanted to go that far with it yet.  By using the tank it also makes it so I can continuously run the water through the stove, keeping the water cooler (by adjusting the rate of flow it will raise or lower the temp with more or less exposure to the heat.)  Then regulating the flow from the storage tank through the pipes that radiate the heat through the FT, sump, and GB by thermostat that controls the pump. There is a bunch I am leaving out to keep it a simple explaination, but it gives you the idea. I want to keep this as simple and low cost to maintain and run as possible. But I also dont want steaming fish soup in my fish tank.

This is very interesting. Do you have an estimated BTU for water heating yet?

Rick that stove was amazing and inspiring and very impressed with the simplicity.

For BTU for the water. a BTU is the amount of energy to raise one pound of water 1 degree. (if memory serves)

so we had 55 gallons of water  or 411 pounds of water

and 40 degrees of increased for a total of 16,456 total. so if we divide that by hours (4) we arrive at 4114 BTU/hour.  If this is correct is that good....

Thanks again for the excellent demo

That number would only be the BTUs that were exchanged with the water not the entire output of the stove.  We are looking at a more efficient exchange of heat to water with a water jacket on the stove.  Effectively turning the stove into a pellet butning water heater.  I have just been given the ok to begin R&D.

We exhibited the Wiseway Pellet Stove at the Mother Earth News Fair this weekend.  We had an incredible response.  I talked to over 600 people interested in the stove for AP and many other uses.  We have potential dealers in 4 states and Canada. There was a geat deal of aquaponics enthusiasts in attendance from up and down the West Coast.

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