How does it work?
In a nut shell, the Domestic Hot Water is setup as an on-demand system. When using the Burnrite outdoor wood stove to heat the domestic water, the hot water tank whether fired on propane or electric can be completely shut off. That's the beauty of the plate exchanger. If your not running your tap or taking a shower etc., your not wasting energy trying to keep a tank warm.
The plate exchanger is cut into the outbound (Hot) side of the hot water heater so even though the tank is off, water will still flow through it, but it will still be cold until it is diverted into the plate exchanger where it is heated up. The plate exchanger will heat 55 degree well water up to ~160°F within seconds and that is way to hot to be coming out of a sink or shower. In order to control this we install an adjustable anti scald mixing valve with a temperature range of 70 - 145°F immediately after the plate exchanger in order to make it safe for the whole household.
That's the beauty of the plate exchanger. If your not running your tap or taking a shower etc., your not wasting energy trying to keep a tank warm.
The Domestic Hot Water (DHW) is an on demand system and the hot water heater can be completely shut off when running DHW with a Burnrite Outdoor Wood Stove. The primary lines from the Burnrite outdoor wood stove to the house, and back, run 24/7, non-stop to provide a continuous and consistent source of heat.
Note: It is always a good idea to bury the underground pex lines below the frost line. Especially if crossing a driveway.