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Mountainview
Hot Water Storage Tank
Mountainview

We are thinking to put in a hot water storage tank to get hot water for shower, dishes, etc. We have a furnace which uses oil. We are thinking to ask our oil company to install it for us. The company installs SuperStor storage tank. He suggested to put 45 or 60 gallons stainless steel tank.

We do not know anything about this. Besides, the size, what should we ask him to make sure it is a right tank? Has anyone use this brand tank? Is this a good brand? What should I look for in a good hot water storage tank?

Any type of suggestions will be helpful.

Thanks in advance.

johnjh2o
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johnjh2o

I have always used Amtrol Boilermate
http://www.amtrol.com/boilermate.html

von_steuben
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von_steuben

I agree with john----------Amtrol is a well-known company that has for years been making reliable HW tanks (they're known as Indirect Hot Water Tanks) and typically come in the 40 gallon size which is enough for most families, unless you have a very large family---they also tend to be the lowest-priced units on the market----but also check out Triangle Tube Phase 3, HTP Superstor, Megastor, Weil-McLain Gld Plus, Lochinvar Squire, & TFI Everhot

The indirect acts like another ZONE connected by piping to the boiler---just as when a zone of baseboards or radiators sense a need for heat, a T-stat signals the boiler that HW heat is needed for that particular zone----the domestic HW tank---similarly, when the domestic hot water in the tank falls below, perhaps 130-150 degrees, a similar T-stat signals the boiler to fire up & re-heat the DHW in the new tank (water used for shaving, dish-washing, clothes-washing, etc.)---40 gal. is the most typical size installed nation-wide.

If you happen to have HARD WATER in your area (lots of iron minerals), then a stainless steel or glass-lined inner tank is strongly recommended-------typically these "indirect hot water tanks" last for years without breakdown & almost always supply lots of hot water for the purposes mentioned----get at least 3 estimates from different oil companies & heating equipment installers in your area---you can save lots of $$$ if you take the time & effort to get 3 separate bids.

Jack
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Jack

I do hope you mean you have a boiler not a furnace.

Jack

Mountainview
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Mountainview

Thank you all for your reply. We appreciate it. It was very helpful.

Fencepost
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Fencepost

You should also get a quote from an HVAC company that services hot water systems, or a plumbing company that has an HVAC division.

Of course you can have your oil company provide it, but don't assume they're the only ones that can.

bill
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bill

I do not know why people would install a Indirect Hot Water Tanks. There is no savings, infact it cost more to run this type of system than just a hot water tank.

to heat a Indirect Hot Water Tanks you must-
1) run a boiler at 180 degrees f all year long every day , image all the heat lost through the boiler, piping, pumps, and storage tank. in my mind it is like driving a semi trailer truck to the store to buy groceries.

to be fair there is a place for Indirect Hot Water Tanks in large steam boiler plants such as hospitals, colleges, ect. but not in a private residential home.

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