gas boiler and solid fuel boiler in tandem?

If i have a gas central heating system and buy a wood burning stove with a back boiler could this in theory be connected into the system.
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If you have a hot water tank then yes you can. If you have a combi boiler, no. I have just had a wood burner put in and asked my plumber this, and because I have an oil combi its was a non starter. My brother though has a hot water tank and it is combined with his stove. He says the only down side is that the hot water heats up before the radiators and in order to get the maximum effect he has had to have 2 pumps fitted to circulate the water around his house. His is a 17kw output stove- pretty big, and he sometimes wishes he’d not had the system combined. Just to give you an idea, he is in a 2up, 2 down cottage and his heating bills to run the stove is £35 a week! Ouch!!

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3 Responses to “gas boiler and solid fuel boiler in tandem?”

  1. nathan f says:

    Yes, in a variety of ways.
    Some people with wood stoves simply use the central heating system to move heated air from the room with the stove to the rest of the house. Of course the return air register has to be in the same room as the stove.
    The air distribution side of your central system does not care weather the heated air comes from the furnace or some other source.

    http://www.centralboiler.com has detailed instructions about how their wood furnace can tie into various central systems.
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  2. Turdy malurdy says:

    Yes,but it must be installed by a competent person.
    Find a HETAS and Gas Safe registered heating engineer in your local area to advise you on what suits your needs.
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  3. T. says:

    If you have a hot water tank then yes you can. If you have a combi boiler, no. I have just had a wood burner put in and asked my plumber this, and because I have an oil combi its was a non starter. My brother though has a hot water tank and it is combined with his stove. He says the only down side is that the hot water heats up before the radiators and in order to get the maximum effect he has had to have 2 pumps fitted to circulate the water around his house. His is a 17kw output stove- pretty big, and he sometimes wishes he’d not had the system combined. Just to give you an idea, he is in a 2up, 2 down cottage and his heating bills to run the stove is £35 a week! Ouch!!
    References :

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