In-floor heating, or underfloor heating, is a form of central heating which uses heat conduction and radiant heat for indoor climate control, rather than forced air heating which relies on convection. While there are higher installation costs (unless a gas powered system is already in place) this method of home heating can be a great alternative for those who have issues with severe cold extremities (i.e. feet and legs).
Burnrite can set up our outdoor wood furnaces to provide the heat energy to such a system. By tying the heat exchanger from a Burnrite outdoor wood stoves into your in-floor heating system, we can keep your feet warm and happy!
How does it work?
When using a Burnrite Outdoor Wood Stove to provide in-floor heating a thermostatically controlled secondary pump pushes the water through the floor (secondary loop(s)) and only turns on when the heat is needed.
…run 24/7 non stop to provide a continuous and consistent source of heat.
The primary pump on the back of the stove that runs the primary loop into the house and through the exchangers will (and should) be running 24/7 non stop until it is time to shut the stove down at the end of the season. Somewhere in that primary loop a Tee is installed and the secondary pump (that will do just the in-floor heating via the secondary loop) is mounted. Once that water makes it through the secondary loop (floor) it will be "dumped" back into the primary loop just behind where the pump is pulling from so the cooler water can return to the stove and be reheated.
The primary lines from the stove, to the house, and back run 24/7 non stop to provide a continuous and consistent source of heat. Secondary loops are the ones controlled by thermostats and are only on when heat is needed. They pull their heat from the primary loop.
Note: It is always a good idea to bury the underground pex lines below the frost line. Especially if crossing a driveway.