Wow. Amazing. As i sit down on the couch in our ‘shouse’ or shed tonight, its to the very comforting and relaxing sound and feeling of a wood heater.
Today was another big day for us in our epic adventure.
It started at 6.30am when I finally dragged myself out of bed after a pretty HUGE day yesterday fitting the 30 evacuated tubes to our solar hot water system (I spent 3 hours straight on the roof… something i dont want to repeat anytime soon).
Today the plumbers arrived at 7.30am to connect up our solar hot water system and wood heater (with wet back).
We were so blessed to get to know Quentin and John from QS Plumbing over the 5 hours they were here.
Check out their website www.qsplumbing.com.au if youre interested.
For those who are interested in the details of the systems we have they are a 250Litre 30 tube evacuated solar hot water system from Red Circle Solar in Melbourne (www.redcirclesolar.com.au) and a Nectre Big Bakers Oven from Mitre10 in Waikerie.
The water booster or ‘wet back’ on the wood oven has a tank factory fitted in the firebox that has two fittings at the back to connect up to the solar hot water tank on the roof.
It works on the principal of thermosyphoning the hot water back up to the tank on the roof and bringing cooler water down to heat back up!
The install wasnt all plain sailing but thanks to Quentin and John, we got there!
Tonigh we went out to have showers at my folks place, hopefully for the last time. I worked some more on finishing off our shower in the shed today but there is still a fair bit to go.
Then as a celebration we went out for dinner for the first time at the Moorook Club which was fantastic.
It takes a while for the water in the tank to heat up, however we tried it tonight and it’s pretty good! It was actually exciting to wash the dishes using only water from the tap, not having to boil the kettle a couple times first. So this hot water is purely solar and wood heated!
Although being completely offgrid means our kettle uses fully renewable power too, but we need to watch our batteries!
The exciting adventure continues. Thanks for your interest.