Advanced Cordwood Boiler Frequently Asked Questions

What does an advanced cordwood boiler cost?
An advanced cordwood boiler with full thermal storage integrated into the existing heating system will cost approximately $19,000 fully installed.

How much is the NYSERDA incentive?
The RHNY incentive is $5,000 for systems meeting the requirements for advanced cordwood boilers with full thermal storage. For projects retiring an outdoor or indoor wood boiler, there is an additional $5,000 incentive and projects are eligible starting in August 2015.

Is financing available to help pay the remaining out-of-pocket cost?
Yes, financing is available.

What are the benefits of purchasing one of these boilers?
The benefit of this type of system is that it uses cordwood, which many rural New York State residents have available, and these heating systems are more energy efficient and less polluting than other cordwood burning technologies. In addition, these boilers can store energy for later use in the thermal storage tank.

Where can I find a list of qualified advanced cord wood boiler technologies?
A list of qualified technologies is on the Renewable Heat NY web page.

Where in the home or business should a new cordwood boiler sit?
Advanced cordwood boilers may be installed in a basement, but most are installed in a garage or outbuilding closer to where the wood is stored. Be sure to check with local code officials for installation requirements.

What about user maintenance?
Users of cordwood boilers must load the wood into the boiler and remove ash. See the owner’s manual for additional cleaning and maintenance requirements.

How do power outages affect cord wood boilers?
Cordwood boiler heating system components, like those of oil-fired boilers, require electricity to power the blower and circulate hot water through the heat distribution system in the home. It is important that a cordwood boiler heating system have a heat dump zone, usually a group of radiators next to the boiler with a valve that opens when the power goes out.

Should a carbon monoxide or smoke detector be installed in a home with a cordwood boiler?
All combustion processes produce carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. A contractor can help with the number and location of detectors as required by code and law. Amanda’s Law went into effect in February 2010, requiring essentially all residences, both new and existing, to have carbon monoxide alarms installed. Newer models are available with added safety features for children and individuals with special needs. Also check them periodically to make sure the batteries are working. Changes in daylight savings times are a minimal reminder to perform these checks.