I'm planning on removing our Hydronic heater
this spring. I'm thinking that as we move closer to the equator we will not need it for heating
Removing it will free up a lot of "wasted" space both in the engine
room and in the various lockers where the heat exchangers were mounted. If we were to0 keep it I would want to move those heat exchangers in at least 3 places to recover the space and to put them in a more protected place - they were more or less just bolted to the bottom shelf of the lockers.
With the removal
of the diesel
we will also lose our only source of hot water
. We do have an Everhot on demand water
heater that could be plumed into the engine
or replaced with a hot water heater that runs off 120 VAC or the engine. I'll have to do some research
to the system are:
Webasto DBW2010 (or was it an 2020?)
5 gal coolant
AC coolant pump
Summer loop Y valves
Everhot hot water tank
2 dual vent heat exchangers
large heat exchanger
vent heat exchangers
Services LCD control "box"
So, onto a few questions...
- We are planning n about a KW of solar
. For those who have done it, how successful is heating
water via your inverter
off the batteries
assisting as it can? (we have greater than 5 KWH of LiFePO4)
- Is there much of a market for used Hydronic heater setups like this? What is it worth? (let's not get hung up on the worth question)
- Given that we would want solar/battery to power the heater when we do not run the engine is there a better hot water tank for that use? What tank in general is better than the others for full time cruising applications in the tropics?
I've been looking over the various hot water tank questions so no need to get too hung up in this thread.