Wood Fired Boiler Case Study

The Good Family Home

Andrew Good lives in Palmer, Alaska and uses his wood-fired boiler to supply heat and hot water to his 4,100 square foot home. Annually his Classic Wood Boiler Model CL5648, made by Central Boiler uses 12-15 cords of birch.

2006 is the second year he has used this boiler to heat his home. The only time there is any smoke from the unit is when firing it up or if the wood is not properly cured. The insulated pipe attaching the boiler to the home is buried no more than 20 inches.

Even though it is not necessary, he recommends that a plumber be hired in order to install piping and make attachments to the home.

Source: Andrew Good

System Specs

  • CL 5648 Central Boiler
  • Maximum Btu 500,000
  • Firebox 56”x 48”x 36”
  • Heat transfer area 114 square feet
  • Weight 2,360 lbs
  • Water Capacity 386 gallons

System Cost

  • CL 5648 Central Boiler $6,500-$8,000
  • Piping and Accessories $1,000-$1,500
  • Plumber Services Approximately $1,000
  • Fuel Costs ($100 per cord) $1,200-$1,500
  • Total Approximate cost $9,700-$12,000

Additional Information


Contact Information

Andrew Good

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