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  1. Tombowombo

    Tombowombo New Member

    Hi there,

    Looking for a simple solution for a header tank for a solid fuel stove, open vented, pumped central heating system. Would like tank to be opaque, so level of coolant can be checked, obviously good for high temps (100deg plus?) roughly 2l capacity, and to have an overflow connection.

    Have looked at some car tanks on fleabay, but most seem to have 8mm hose connectors which feels too small to me. Rest of the pipework is in 22mm, I'm sure 15mm would be fine, but feel nervous about 'throttling' down to 8mm.

  2. Best

    Best Trusted Plumber

    Why would you need to check the level of water in the tank?
    It will remain correct level for years.
    And 15mm will not be fine for tank outlet, - it requires minimum 22mm connection - check MIs and other regs.
    Why also just 2 litre? Normal is a 10/4 expansion tank - with actual fill volume of 4 litre.
    Just need a metal galvanised tank, with metal float on ball valve and remember the vent pipe also needs to be minimum 22mm and at a correct height before dropping down into top of tank.
    Tank will need a lid and overflow etc to regs.
    See stove manufacturer MIs
  3. Tombowombo

    Tombowombo New Member

    Installation is on a boat, not sure if that makes a difference to regs... But it does make a difference to the available space. I have roughly 20cm cubed to fit the tank in to.

    System will not be connected to mains, will not have a ball valve to top up, will be filled with glycol mix. Checking level is essential if system has run hot, boiled over and lost coolant.

    Sorry, perhaps should have given more background to start with.
  4. Vee

    Vee Plumber GSR

    My cousin converted an old Jerry can....
    Please make sure all flammable liquid has been suitably removed. I know this sounds rather Heath Robinson, but could do the job in the circumstances.
  5. Ric2013

    Ric2013 Plumber

    I've seen proprietary copper header tanks for solid fuel that look precisely like the bottom part of a copper cylinder, thus suggesting a cheaper alternative.
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