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Old 11-16-05, 06:54 AM
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Does anyone have a opinion about the Beckett Heat Manager ??They say it will save 10% on heating B.S. or what???
 
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Old 11-16-05, 07:14 AM
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What does it "manage", if I might ask? I know that Beckett is synonymous with oil-fired burner units, and iIm sure other things, but just what is this that you are refering to. It could be a thermostat, for all I know.
 
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Old 11-16-05, 09:43 AM
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Check out http://www.beckettcorp.com/ and see heat manager.
 
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Old 11-16-05, 03:16 PM
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They not only claim it will save you at least 10% in fuel consumption, they guarantee it. I am ashamed to admit it but I have one which I've yet to take the time to wire up.
 
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Old 11-16-05, 03:37 PM
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What is it Grady?

Better wire it up this winter with cost of heating!
 
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Old 11-16-05, 04:54 PM
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My last natural gas per therm charge was at $1.31. Up from an alREADY high of $1.14 a therm the month before. It was about 80 cents in the summer. But someone I know just had 150 gallons of fuel oil delievered and it cost $3.09 a gallon! Yipes. it coswt her over $450 as you can readily see. I have heard that the conversion of gallons to therms is about 1:1. I know it's not exact, but even if it is close to that...no way would I have fuel oil!
 
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Old 11-16-05, 05:52 PM
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Bonehead: A therm is equal to 100,000 btu. A gallon of #2 fuel oil is 140,000 btu. To compare cost, multiply the cost/therm by 1.4 to get the same # of btu.

Jay: If you go to the Beckett web site, you can read all about it. My junction box already looks like an explosion in a mult-colored spagetti factory. LOL
Besides, I need another sensor & a longer cable. I know, excuses, excuses. I do have to get on it.
 
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Old 11-16-05, 06:21 PM
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So that means for the figures I listed, that if fuel oil costs more than $1.83 ($1.31 X 1.4), the fuel oil is a losing proposition. And at $3.09...QUITE a losing proposition!
 
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Old 11-16-05, 06:27 PM
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I don't know about your gas bill but around here there are all sorts of
"add-ons" to the bottom line of a gas bill. To get the real cost, divide the bottom line by the number of therms.
$3.09/gallon does sound high. Around here #2 fuel oil is selling for $2.35-$2.50/gallon.
 
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Old 11-16-05, 06:58 PM
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I have installed some of them and I think it will save more on systems that do not have a domestic hot water coil. As soon as the HM senses the domestic pipe getting hot, it won't economize. What it does normally is learn the cycle rate of the boiler and it sits between the call for heat and the burner. When there is a call for heat and the burner has just been running, the HM holds the burner off and waits a while before firing again. In many cases, a heat call or two can take place before the burner runs at all. That makes for longer burner run times and fewer run cycles. I like them and believe thay will save energy. I just wish they hadn't priced the commercial (300k btu+) model at about 3 times that of the residential one.

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Old 11-17-05, 11:53 AM
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1 week ago I bought 500 gal #2 oil for $1.99.9 a gallon. I live in central Maine.
 
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