When you think of a wood cookstove, do you think of supplying hot water to your home also? Some people don’t. A wood cookstove is obviously thought of to cook and bake your food and also to heat your home. But it’s not always thought of as a source for your home’s hot water needs. Meeting your households need for hot water is just one more thing that the Kitchen Queen can do for you. Three appliances in one and all without the use of electricity.
In most cases, if there was a power outage it would mean no available hot water until power is restored. Not if you own a Kitchen Queen. This stove completely eliminates the need to run a conventional hot water heater. The real beauty is that your water is being heated with energy that would otherwise be lost to the environment. You basically get free hot water while your food is being cooked and your house is being warmed.
At your option, your Kitchen Queen can be fitted with stainless steel coils inside the firebox. These coils can either connect to a reservoir that fits neatly on to the back of the stove, or they can connect to a remote tank. In either case, water circulates through the system using the “thermosyphon” principle. This simply means, heater water rises and colder water falls. No pumps or pressure tanks are needed. Hot water can be drawn from the system at a faucet conveniently located on the right side of the stove. We have made sure to take efficiency into consideration and have placed these coils on a part of the firebox that does not come in contact with hot gases that circulate around the oven.
In the picture below, you can see how the built-in reservoir is mounted on the back of the Kitchen Queen. The two tanks on either side of the chimney are interconnected, and the water is heated by circulating through the firebox rather than by being next to the heat source. To the best of our knowledge, the Kitchen Queen has the largest reservoir on the market. It can easily heat 40 gallons of water per hour, which is an adequate amount to take care of a large family’s needs.