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hydronic baseboard heaters

Thinking of adding an electric hydronic baseboard heater in the living room of our cabin as a supplement to our wood stove (when the fire dies and we're out for the day). Read good things about them. Any thoughts/comments?
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Re: hydronic baseboard heaters

its not hydronic but an electric heating element. it should work great for you. make sure you have an updated electric service and panel.
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Re: hydronic baseboard heaters

We have 200 amp service, should be good, right?
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Re: hydronic baseboard heaters

Add to my last post:

We currently use less than half of 200 amp service.
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Re: hydronic baseboard heaters

Today's electric baseboards is a lot more efficient but initially pricey. If you have 100 amp used on a 200 amp service, you have plenty, to heat the whole place if you want, granted its not a taj mahal size cabin. Size the room and calculate what you need. A 2 ft baseboard isn't gonna heat alot. It's a cabin though, maybe the stove needs upgrading or your firewood choice needs to be more selective, (better hardwoods or larger pieces).

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Re: hydronic baseboard heaters

Cabin is 600 square ft. A 96" long baseboard should do fine to keep it comfortable until the woodstove kicks in.
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Re: hydronic baseboard heaters

your service will be fine. like BlackBruin said, you want to size it right.
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Re: hydronic baseboard heaters

Its not the service that is the problem, make sure that you have the right size circuit.

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Re: hydronic baseboard heaters

The difference between the hydronic heaters and the standard, old school style, is the hydronics are an element inside an oil filled tube. The element heats up the oil and radiates heat longer, after the element has turned off. The old style are far cheaper but just heat the air, and cool immediately as soon as the stat goes off. An 8 footer would cover 600 sq ft. - 2 , 4 footers spread out woul be better. Get 240 volt units, use 12 wire.

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Re: hydronic baseboard heaters

The rule of thumb is 10 watts per square foot with poor insulation in cold climates and general baseboard is 250 watts at 240volts per linear foot. So it's :
Total Square foot x 10 watts= total watts /250watt= total feet of [email protected]

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