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There are three common types of domestic hot water heaters (not the indoor tanks) fueled by outdoor wood furnaces or boilers. See pictures just blow.
Taylor, Hardy and Shaver all have built-in coils in their furnaces for heating your domestic hot water.



Hardy uses an expensive $350 stainless steel coil


 


 

 

Shaver Furnace uses a less-expensive but durable $100 copper coil, Water moves from the domestic hot water heater to the coil in the outdoor boiler and then back to the hot water heater, with a small 110 watt pump instead of 4500 watts or more for a hot water heater.


 

All other manufacturers require the use of a side-arm heat exchanger or a plate exchanger, also called a water-to-water heat exchanger; typically a 20 plate heat exchanger is used.

OR

A side-arm is attached (sweated in) to the side your hot water heater.

Side arm heat exchanger diagam      

 

Bottom hook-up:

 Side-arm heat exchanger connesction

 

These heat exchangers work by convection, which means that the differential of temperature and pressure is the only thing that causes the water to move, There is no pump, so it moves very slowly.

See domestic hot water kits below

 

 


Side Arm Heat Exchangers

These are made out of solid copper and are sweated in.

 

Copper Side Arm Heat Exchanger

Copper Side Arm Heat Exchanger - TOP

Copper Side Arm Heat Exchanger - bottom

 

See the domestic hot water kits below


 

Water-to-water Plate Exchanger Hot Water System

Better than a side-arm system is a plate exchanger system which is much smaller and more efficient.

The pump on the furnace pumps water through a plate exchanger and then it goes to your heat exchanger in your ductwork, before going back to the furnace to be reheated.

The 2 heat exchangers are simply plumbed in series.

Every time you turn on your any hot water faucet, cold water is drawn into the hot water heater. It goes through the heat exchanger first, which is kept hot by the incoming water to the furnace heat exchanger (be it the one in your ductwork or another plate exchanger for a boiler application). Your hot water heater is always full of hot water!

An anti-scald valve is always used (not shown here).

 

 

Plate exchanger for domestic hot water

 

A water-to-water plate exchanger pricing is shown below

See plate style domestic hot water kits

 

The fittings on the heat exchanger/plate exchanger are only $12.99 a pair and you need two pair.

Sharkbite connector female threadSharkbite connector female thread one inch

 

 
 
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 Sharkbite connector female thread one inch

Plate exchanger kit (SharkBite type fittings for the water-to-water plate exchanger)
 

Compare-to-Grainger

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$25.98 for a set of four 1" Pex x 1" female thread
 

< Compare to Grainger at $21.73 EACH

20-plate water-to-water heat exchanger

Pricing on other plate exchangers here

Complete kits here

$115.00

Threaded Union

Sharkbite Style Male

Fittings for a plate heat exchanger (needed for boilers and snow/ice melt systems)

1 1/4 to 1' reducer bushings $13.12/pr
,
1" NFPT straight coupler 16.52/pr

 

 

$29.64

 

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Hot water heater installation kit for outdoor wood burning furnaces with a built-in heat exchanger like Hardy and Shaver; includes all Pex fittings, pipe, MPT fittings, flanges, thermostat etc.

Domestic Hot Water Kit SHOWN INSTALLED

Wood Boiler Installation Kit Installation Photos

$66.09
Hot water heater installation kit for outdoor wood burning furnaces without a built-in heat exchanger in the outdoor furnace (most manufacturers)

 

Well water type:

Copper Side Arm Heat Exchanger - TOP

Copper Side Arm Heat Exchanger - bottom


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hot water kit for well water:

 

       48" Side Arm Heat Exchanger  - Copper  @ $136.99   
       3/4" Mixing Valve Brass, Sweat. 120 -160 degree @ $34.99 
       3/4" Sweat Ball Valve @ $9.09 set at 45 degree - shut off in summer
       (2) 3/4" Boiler Drains @ $5.24 ea. ($10.48)  
  
 
     

 

Hot water kit (includes a heat exchanger,  $181.94 to $191.55 including the Anti-scald valve:
Hot water heater installation kit for outdoor wood burning furnaces without a built-in heat exchanger in the outdoor furnace (most manufacturers)

 City water type:

Plate exchanger for domestic hot water

 

  Hot water kit for city water only:
 
     PL -20 W/W Heat Exchanger  w/ 1" ports    @ $115.00  
       (approximately  5" x 12" x 2" thick)
 
     (2) 1" FPT Straight Female Adapter Push fit  @ $12.99
     (1" feed line from wood stove/ to heat exchanger) 
     (2) 3/4" MNPT Straight Male Adapters Push fit  @ $6.97  
     (2) 1"  x FPT reducer coupler SS   @ $15.99
       (to accept 3/4" copper on hot water supply)
     (1) 3/4" Mixing Valve -(anti-scald valve) Brass, Sweat. 120 -160 degree @ $34.99

 

Hot water kit (includes a heat exchanger,  $181.94 to $191.55 including the Anti-scald valve:
Mixing Valve Anti-scald for outdoor wood boiler

 

3/4 in. sweat anti-scald valve: 100 to 160 F

 

Mixing Valve
Anti-scald Valve

(included in the kits as needed)

Tempering Valves are used in residential water supply applications to mix cold and hot water to extend capacity of water heater storage tanks and hot water boiler tankless heaters.

It features brass body construction, dial adjustment cap, replaceable thermostat, stainless steel spring.

 

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Hot water heater pump diagram, wiring and Pex Diagram

hot water heater hookup for outdoor wood burning boiler


 

 

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Be sure to click on lower right of diagram after downloading,
to make it bigger, if it appears too small.

 

Hot Water Kit and Pump Installed

 

hot water heater pump installed

 

 

Hot water heater coil lower connection


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