I've asked this in another post but I am curious to know how common it is in the US to use a wood stove/burner to heat your hot water cylinder?
Here in New Zealand it has been common place in many homes since back in the 1930's.
The system was called 'The w.e.t.back system' because the hot water cylinder sat behind or beside a wood burner in a cupboard at a higher level (hot water rises) and the copper tubing from the cylinder would go down into the back of the fire box and snake back and forth, then back up to the cylinder again. This system was used even in on-grid homes as a cheaper way to heat water and home.
Growing up I remember always seeing these in ours and other homes.
Come winter or when you wanted, you could switch off your electric hot water cylinder and use the wood stove/burner,or as we knew the little compact ones as 'chippies'.
Now with my own family living on a off-grid property, I had a wood stove installed with this system.
We are lucky to have 60 acres of mostly bush land with a endless supply of wood for our needs.
I have the stove burning most days in winter and maybe every second - third day in warmer months to heat water and cook.
With our wood stove and the right wood, it only takes me around one hour to get my water boiling. We love it.
I have lived with this type of water heating since birth and just wanted to know how common it is in the US?
Is it mainly used over there in a off-grid setup?
I hope these pics work. The first one is our cylinder setup which sits behind the wood stove in its own cupboard located in the hallway.