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Heating with firewood provides you security and saves $ because the fuel is produced on your own land or locally. If you are buying firewood, you are keeping those fuel dollars in your own community. At the same time you are saving money you are investing in energy independence and a more sustainable future. As a renewable resource, wood — when burned cleanly and efficiently—is carbon neutral. Above all though, burning wood means security and savings.
Heating with wood begins with thoughtful design and a whole-systems approach, starting with where the wood is sourced and how it is handled, to determining heat loads and firing frequency. We ask the right questions from the beginning to design a heating system that works with your individual needs. Good design saves money on installation and operating costs and ensures that your heating system is optimized and will run for years to come. Please contact us and fill out our Hydronic Heating Design Form for more information.
The GARN WHS (wood heating system) is easily integrated into both existing homes and new construction. The boiler can provide heat through a number of systems — radiant floors, hot water baseboards, panel radiators or forced air furnaces.
The GARN WHS cutting-edge technology is simple, efficient, and durable. GARN, the company that created the technology, has over 30 years of experience and operation. With patented, two-stage wood gasification technology, the system is virtually smokeless — which means clean air for everyone, and a comfortable experience for users. The steel fuel chamber is easy to load and the door is always cool to touch. The GARN WHS is simple and is easy to operate and maintain because it’s made of just three moving parts — the handle, door and blower. It is built to last indefinitely.
GARN boilers can use any number of fuel sources: cordwood, slab wood, scrap wood, etc. All you need to get a fire going is to set a lit match to a pile of paper or kindling. Once a fire has been burning, you can add more wood to the embers. Fires in a GARN system burn hotter and require less tending than those in low-tech smoky boilers. Over a winter, a GARN WHS uses half the wood of a conventional wood boiler.
The key to the GARN system is thermal storage, meaning that the heat produced in the combustion chamber (where you add your wood) is stored in a tank of water. With a GARN boiler, a fire doesn’t have to be burning constantly. In between firings, the insulated thermal storage tank stores heat that is available whenever your system has a demand. GARN boiler tanks range in size from 980 gallons to 3,200 gallons, to suit a range of spaces. When you turn a thermostat up, a pump draws hot water out of the thermal storage tank and into the heating system in your home, business or greenhouse.
While wood stoves are a traditional and comforting source of heat, they are also polluting, as are many wood boilers. When you close the dampers on a wood stove to reduce the heat and slow down the burn rate, you also create smoke, soot, fly ash, and creosote.
The GARN WHS (wood heating system) is virtually smokeless as it burns the wood quickly and cleanly with its two-stage wood gasification technology. The smoke that is produced in a GARN boiler not only doesn’t pollute the air, it is capitalized as a secondary fuel. A well-insulated combustion chamber needs steady airflow to achieve high-temperature combustion. A fan on the GARN system sucks air into the combustion chamber, where it is split into a top stream and a bottom stream. The bottom stream passes through the burning logs, engendering a very hot fire. The top stream skims the top of the combustion chamber, gathering with it the volatile gases given off by the burning logs. This top stream enters a small chamber in the back where it is lit and burned to produce a second fire and a second heat source.
If you would like to reduce your reliance on fossil fuels and/or lower your heating bills, FHS can help you design and install a wood-fired hydronic heating system that fits your home’s size and needs. Please contact us by phone or email and fill out our Hydronic Heating Design Form. We look forward to hearing from you.