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Jim Rickson
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I bought one of these from ChimneyHeaters.com . I installed and it works fine. Heats my 2000 square foot house. I have the pump connected to a UPS but I am not sure how long the pump will run if the electric goes out. I had it installed all winter and did not have to turn on my electric heat once which saved me about 200 euro a month here in Romania.

The Electric is not stable here so I had to rush to take out the fire a couple of times because the water pump had stopped and the pressure valves were going off. The UPS will solve that but I dont know how long a UPS will keep my central pump going. I will attach a pic of what chimney heaters are in case you are not familiar with them. The pump is a Grundfos and has three speeds.


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My standard computer UPS (APC 1500) will keep my grundfos 1 speed (45 watts) running for about an hour.

For the price of a bigger UPS, you can build your own that will run for a day out of solar components.
 
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Hey. Thanks Man that is exactly what I have . 45 watts. If it is simple can you tell me a bit about the solar one?
 
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Basically this:

http://www.amazon.com/Battery-Tender-021-0128-Plus-Charger/dp/B00068XCQU/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1338306185&sr=8-5

plus

http://www.amazon.com/Wagan-EL2200-Elite-Watt-Inverter/dp/B003INJ3VI/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1338306424&sr=8-4

plus good deep cycle batteries sized for how long you want to run (and a vented box to keep them in).

Those are the automotive grade components, but easiest to find links for to give you an idea. You can get integrated chargers/inverters made for grid-tie + battery backup solar/wind setups. I have know idea how to find any of that in Europe.

The only reason I used a UPS is because I already had one I didn't need anymore. They are not the cheapest solution for a long term answer.

Ideally, I would like a TEG or sterling powered pump that automatically started pumping as the fire heats up--but that isn't here yet.

 
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