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Posted by Malcolm \"Mal\" Reynolds on February 6, 2009, 7:47 pm
I know it's been discussed before, but are there any comments on which TWH
are best (gas)?

I only need a small one, approximately 4gpm. I know Paloma is usually
recommended, but I see Rheem has models made by Paloma and Noritz comes up
frequently as does Bosch.

Posted by BobG on February 6, 2009, 8:58 pm
What is your criterion for 'best'? Lowest price? Lowest lifetime cost?
I think they are snake oil except where there is a long run from the
heater to the point of use. A regular old 40 gal electric heater
somewhere near where its used probably uses the same kwhr on avg if
the temp is set below about 140 deg F.

Posted by ransley on February 6, 2009, 10:35 pm
 On Feb 6, 1:47pm, "Malcolm \"Mal\" Reynolds"

I have a 117000 btu Bosch , got it for 500 at menards. I got a 4 yr
payback off electric tank. It heats 38f incomming to hot to shower. So
it depends, how cold is winter water, is it ng, It sucks down gas so
you need a big supply. One person use or two. Whats your budget, what
do you have now. Chimney or direct vent, what goes in the chimney now.
Do you want ultimate efficency.

Posted by Malcolm \"Mal\" Reynolds on February 7, 2009, 4:18 am

I'm buying a house with a broken electric tank. I'll mostly live alone.
I'd like one that is dependable. It will probably be in the garage so it
should be direct vent. I'd certainly like an efficiency as good or better
than average. I'm willing to spend more if the payback period is
reasonable. It will be NG and the input temperature should be around 50 or

Posted by sno on February 7, 2009, 6:54 am
 Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds wrote:

Replace the tank....put the heater elements on a switch in the
house....turn it on about an hour before you want to wash dishes/take a
shower.....then turn it off....

hope helps...have fun.....sno

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