Monday, 23 July 2012

Its heating up

My first meeting with Gary the heating guy on Saturday was very fruitful.  I now understand how it all fits together and it was refreshing to meet someone who was laid back about how things could work and not try to sell the whole end to end solution.

So it turns out that the build should be relatively straight forward.  We calculated that a boiler (system) of about 25 to 30 KW should suffice and a twin feed tank.  However,  I was surprised to hear of course that a fire with a back boiler should feed the second coil in the hot water tank but would could not be controlled.  What this means is that there is no way to switch off the back boiler when the hot water in the tank reaches temperature.  It will switch off the gas boiler but no secondary controls.  This is an interesting risk to have.  It means that the back boiler on the fire may ultimately boiler the hot water tank.   I will need to think through that.  I also find that hard to believe and will look into it.

The second coil in the tank is designed to be fed by solar power.  So in theory that would never be able to heat the tank to a dangerous temperature.    But someone must have cracked this problem.  I will look into it.

I can also put my radiators in zones with controllers to have them independently run.   I am yet to decide if this is useful.  I am not sure why I would only want to hear part of the ship and then let the rest freeze.

The rest of the day was spent sorting the deck.  Yawn.  Not much to tell there other than the amount of scrap metal is far more than I thought.


  1. Hi,

    this is a nice blog and nice information provided which is helpful for me, But I am also looking for some latest update over hot water coils,if you have any post in your mind then please suggest.


  2. Hi,
    I have given up. The complexity and cost of doing such things is simply to much. No single engineer could solve the issue. So I have decided to fit a standard system and not worry at the moment. I will be fitting some standard fires.

    There are a few people out there who have some idea but nobody has the complete picture. Its a lot of cash to spend.

    The final issue was a more practical one. The size of the tanks needed to store the heat were so big and so heavy they would be physically impossible to get on board.