Gas, electricity, and oil don’t have the market cornered in terms of heating water. A wood burning pool heater is available on the market. While the fuel source may sound antiquated or frugal, the technology is quite contemporary.

How It Works

If you think of a wood burning stove, what often comes to your mind is the idea of a potbelly or a cast-iron fireplace connected to a chimney. But you can place wood burning pool heaters in the outdoors in its own protective housing. You will feed wood into a centralized iron box that generates radiant heat. The heat-generating stove is surrounded by a secondary compartment in a closed system of pipes and holding tanks. Water that is not heated will circulate around the central stove and absorb radiant heat. Meanwhile, the heated water can be circulated through the inflow and outflow systems of a radiant heating system or a standard in-ground pool. You can add more wood periodically to maintain or increase the ambient water temperature.

Ease of Operation

Unlike high-pressure boiler systems, a wood fired pool heater doesn’t require special training to operate safely. Although the heated water can become boiling hot, it won’t form into dangerous levels of steam.

Wood burning pool heaters are ideal in colder climates where firewood is abundantly available. Rather than tapping into the same gas or electric water heating system used by the rest of your home, you can just fire up a separate water heating source that has its own protective housing. You just stoke the fire and add many long-burning logs or special wood pellets so you can enjoy the benefits of a heated pool without adding your utility or getting hot water from other sources.

Benefits of Wood Burning Pool Heaters

Using a wood burning pool heater means no wood debris ends up in the tub because you don’t load firewood from inside the tub. Also, you will be able to use all the internal space in the hot tub or pool. With this type of heater, you can use a full cover to make sure the tub retains the heater when not in use, so you can it again. Finally, because the chimney sits away from you, it is less likely to create irritation from smoke to you. Although some heat may be lost to the surrounding air, sufficient heat is retained to give you the best pool experience.