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The Back Boiler was far more common 30 years ago than it is today. It is a very rare sight to see a modern backboiler installation today and there are very few boiler technicians that have the knowledge to install or service a back boiler. The rarity of back boilers makes it very difficult to find a replacement of your old back boiler system, and finding parts for an old back boiler can sometimes prove almost impossible. However, in our view back boilers are still one of the most reliable and durable boiler systems available.
The back boiler is a device which is fitted to a residential heating stove or open fireplace to enable it to provide both room heat and domestic hot water or central heating. The device is a water filled heat exchanger enclosed at the rear of the burning chamber with a hot water output at the top of the chamber and a cold water feed at the bottom.
The back boiler can improve the efficiency of a stove by acting as a heat-sink and can also act as a method of extracting additional heat from the flue system which would otherwise have been lost. Manufacturers of stoves with back boilers quote efficiency figures of up to 80% on oil-fed models.
Back boilers require that the hot water or central heating system be able to disperse all of the heat captured from the fire, otherwise boiling or overheating of the water can occur. Back boilers are strictly regulated in Ireland and the UK following explosions relating to incorrectly serviced or installed back boilers