I've been testing my gaslines for some time now and trying to figure out why I am losing pressure. When I called the gas inspecter to ask him what kind of test is required, I was told that by code, I would have to pressure the line up to 15 psi and see if it holds for 15 minutes.(That's what I was told for here anyway, but it could be totally different for other areas.) It seems that I do past this test, but over time I do lose pressure, and that kinda bothers me. I have done a bubble test, (cover each joint with a soapy water solution and look for air bubbles ), but I can't seem to find anything. When I put the air into the lines, at first I just closed off the gas valve. So eventually I decided to close the valve, then take off the air fitting and plug the air entrance off. I still lose air pressure over time. I did another bubble test and really looked closely for bubbles, but nothing still. Now I am frustrated. Maybe it's the gauge itself leaking. I bought another gauge and I'm going to try that tomorrow.
Today was kind of a waste for working on the house. Went to town to pick up my furnace and I decided to take my work truck into town for it's annual inspection. So now I can get some things done without that being on my mind now.
My furnace finally came in. It is 70,000 BTUs. I don't think it will have a problem heating things up in the house, as long as the batteries are holding their end of the deal. I am hoping to get alot of use out of this baby in the winter, but it is quite possible that the power system may not want to work with me on this. If it don't work out as planned, it is totally ok with me, as there are other options. When I first decided to get a forced air furnace, I had spring, summer and fall in mind for it anyway. There are about 3 months out of the year that I call generator season. I am quite sure, however, that this should at least beable take over in the night as the woodstove fire dies down. We will all be alot smarter once I start experimenting with things. I totally realize that when reading things about solar power and all that, that forced air furnaces are a no no. I do think this one will have it's place in my system though.