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Wood Stove Heat Exchanger

A wood stove heat exchanger is typically an add-on piece for your heating system. Its a way to transfer heat from the stove to another system, such as hot water or another venting system. It works similar to a radiator or other mechanism, where the hot air from the stove is transferred to the piping or tubing of another system. Most commonly its water piping.

You'll also see these labeled as heat reclaimers, although the concept is a little different with a reclaimer. Reclaimers generally work by being attached to the flue, where they use a fanning action to puch more heated air out into the room rather than it be pushed out the chimney. These use a powered fan to move the hot air into the room, so you will need a power source to run them. They are a good way to up the efficiency on a stove that might be a bt underpowered. They are available in 6 and 8 inch flue sizes. Check carefully before buying as some units are only designed for gas heating.

You can also purchase and install generic copper units as well. Copper is a good conductor of heat and these generally are better if you want to add a hot water heating function to your existing heater.

You can build your own heat exchanger, but in general its better to go with a pre-built manufactured reclaimer or other similiar device. Pushing DIY add-ons onto your stove can cause issues with operation and efficiency, and may void the warranty in some cases.










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