Walter and Ben with Heat Pump Water Heater
The last piece of equipment has arrived to open the butcher shop! This is our 80 gallon water heater. It is a tank based heater that works slowly and cheaply. We have a second booster water heater that arrived last week that works fast, noisily and expensively to quickly push the 145°F tank water from this heater up to 185°F for sanitization when necessary for pre-op and post-op cleaning.
The Accelera 300 is tall and top heavy. There were lots of warnings about it being difficult to unload. We strapped it to the tractor’s forks securely – that took care of that. The unit is only about 400 lbs, plus packaging, so it didn’t push the tractor’s ability. I was prepared for worse and pleased that it went so smoothly. Getting it into the butcher shop will be the next challenge.
It’s a monster. Right now it is light weight compared with what it will be full of water. It holds 80 gallons of water, which makes it a big water heater. Making it even taller is that on top sits a heat pump that sucks heat out of the air and dumps it into the storage tank. The result is it is well over 7′ high, considerably more wrapped in its packaging.
What is a heat pump? Think of it as an air conditioner. It will suck heat out of the air and pump it into the water producing chilled air which will in turn cool our initial cutting room. A two-for-one special! That was why I chose this unit.
We were inspecting the package and discovered a rubber ducky had escaped the Stiebel-Eltron factory in Conneticut, traveling all the way north to our farm via FedEx Freight. I’ll bet Ernie is bumming! We’ll send it out to visit with the ducks in the south field. I’m sure it will feel right at home on our pastures and ponds. Maybe in the future we’ll have a whole flock of yellow rubber duckies out there. Of course, they will end up being a cross with our Pekins and Rowans. Hmm… I’m not sure if this one is male or female. I guess we’ll find out when and if it lays eggs.
So, now we’re debating which of the four locations I designed for this will be the place I’ll put the water heater in. I’m incline towards a temporary install in Cave which is next to iCutter. This will be the easiest. Then later we’ll move it upstairs to Upper Mech or Admin Loft when those rooms are finished off. The only trick with that is we need to make it float about 2′ above the floor. Leviosa! Ah-ha! I can do that!
In other news, the head of the Vermont State Meat inspection program came by yesterday to check out our progress. I had invited him specifically to look at the polyurea wall coating to make sure it was what was needed. He was delighted with it and said it was far better than the typical FRP glass board that is used in most installations. While he was here he also checked out our initial cutting room which has almost all the stainless steel tables, shelves, sink and other equipment installed. Pictures coming soon!
In this picture you can see many of my flowers that are out by the driveway entrance. Day lilies, tiger lilies, Impatiens capensis, thistle, burdock, chicory, blackeyed susans and more. It may look like weeds to the passer by but this is my garden of Eden. Many I purposefully planted there. Others I merely encouraged.
Outdoors: 73°F/46°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 66°F/62°F
Daily Spark: Pigs are made of bacon. It is rumored there may be other bits of meat elsewhere on the pig.
Someone asked why not just on-demand…
On-demand is very good for some things most of the time. But it can use more energy in some situations. Caution on believing the manufactures’s claims under ideal conditions for their equipment and worst case conditions for the competition. We have a tank water heater that slowly uses a tiny amount of power to warm the water and then a tankless that can quickly raise that to extremely hot (185°F) for sanitization.
The tankless works very hard very fast and that takes more effort. It doesn’t work for trickle applications but works great for large amounts of hot water fast __provided__ the water is already close enough to heat. Our incoming water is about 40°F or so (varies some with the season) so a single tankless water heater won’t boost it all the way up to 185°F. After much calculating I came to the conclusion that rather than having two tankless heaters, which I long considered, it was better to have one tank and one tankless each of which does their job best. The hardest point will be when we fill the 100 gallon scalder. I think this pair, based on their specs, can do that. The scalder also has it’s own heater that can assist but is best for just maintenance of the heat.
We have to have water at two different temperatures and while the manufacturers like to recommend a mixing valve my math showed that was the worst way to do it which would end up costing us more money in the long run.
Walter, when it comes time to heat the water for the scalder, maybe just put a barrel over a fire and then use an electric drill pump to move the water to the scalder? (J/K)
And, a rubber duckie? That’s actually pretty darn funny. Does the manufacturer seriously give a free rubber duckie with every one of those water heaters? If so, I appreciate their humor!