I purchased and helped install an outdoor wood boiler to heat our house. I purchased the 250 gallon model from Nature’s Comfort, mainly due to the sales and service of Mel Flogel. It wasn’t cheap. The basic unit was $6500, but including everything pushes the cost close to $10,000. It will take a few years to pay back over the heating oil I used before, but I’ll feel better, keeping the house warmer for my family.
First I had to pour a pad of concrete.
Then I had to dig a four foot deep trench for the water lines. I rented a bobcat with a trencher attatchment from K&L Bobcat.
Citygirlfriend said, “Why didn’t you ask for a person to run it? They have to deliver it right? It probably wouldn’t have been much more expensive.”
“Because I want to run it.”
I figure if they are willing to turn me loose on a $50,000+ machine with very little instruction, I better take advantage. When will I get another opportunity to run this bad boy?
It was tough-going by the house. I think they backfilled with rock along the foundation. After I got farther away from the house, though, it was easy. Rich, black dirt, all the way down.
The one thing the trencher doesn’t do well, is turn. So I had to lift the trencher, and manuever the bobcat on the curves. Unfortunately, I found the trench on one of my manuevers and got the bobcat stuck. No worries, Dad got a tractor and pulled me out.
I’ll have a couple more posts on this subject.