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Yesterday was a success for ‘off grid’ domestic hot water! (renewable too). The day consisted of:
- 1 bath
- 2 showers
- 2 loads of laundry – one of which was a HOT only cycle
- 1 dishwasher run
- and various times throughout the day of how water use to wet towels for wiping little children’s faces
I would suggest that is a decent duty cycle baseline! And its not even cold yet outside so the fire isn’t going 24/7 yet. Soon enough, I figure when it gets below -5, we will have basically as much hot water we can use though we will still need to space out the use of it. Showers in the morning for example to get the best of the hot water, laundry loads and dishwashing after other more critical tasks are executed…
All in all, pretty happy with the setup. i need to insulate the hot water pipes more to really conserve what is already heated. Good times. would love if I could burn all year to produce hot water but that isn’t possible.
I should mention I had the last shower of the day, and the hot water was running out. I had full hot on, no cold. But even at that it was better than lukewarm for sure. Plenty hot enough for a shower!
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