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Offline sparky1

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What is the best outdoor wood furnace for the money????
« on: April 07, 2011, 09:39:39 pm »
Ok, i know this might totally be a bias question to what everyone owns.. no one wants to admit they got ripped off ;) But honestly what is the best outdoor wood furnace for the money?? a new one im talking about. Im gonna be purchasing one in the near future and would like a little outside advice from people who have ones and like or dont like theirs.

Im gonna be heating about a finished area of 2500 sq ft. the unfinsihed is also the same sq footage.  I might hook up my water to it and possibly want to put some sort of heater out in my attached garage to help warm it up a little. I live in the country and i dont belive we have any ordinances agaisnt any of these units.  all advice will be appreciated.
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Re: What is the best outdoor wood furnace for the money????
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2011, 10:20:46 pm »
I'm noT gonna try to sell you anything.  Here would be my decision tree:

1)  are your neighbors close enough to complain about smoke?  If no then a non-gasifying Unit will save you money.  If yes then the price of wood heat may have gone up, because gasifyers are more expensive But generally smoke less.

2). Are there any stAte or local codes that limit use of OWB's?  If so, they may permit gasifyers but outlaw non-gassers.

3). How much wood, and of what type, is available?  Non-gassers burn just about anything, but the smoke emitted may increase will softer, wetter wood.

4). Do you have time and space to put up a large amount of wood for the winter well in advance?  If you do, then a gasifying stove is great.  If not, then get a non-gasifyers.

5) how much does price matter?  Ecologically, gassification stoves are far superior.  They are about double the price on non-gassers.

So your question, when you ask about which one is best for the money, really boils down to whether you're going to pay up for a gasifyer or not.  Once you've made that decision, you can start narrowing it down by brand.  I think the dealer makes a whole lot of difference with these units.  You are not just buying a stove, your purchasing a dealer as well.  So do your homework in that respect as well
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Re: What is the best outdoor wood furnace for the money????
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2011, 08:15:08 am »
I like my Heatmor. A very simple OWB. No frills,no solid state units,no computer,no read outs,just a simple OWB that when I need parts I can go to a good size hardware,plumbing or big box store and get the parts for it. The only part they don't carry is the blower. I would still check with your code guy to make sure about the OWB. Lots going on with those things now. You mention OWB you might just as well say clear cut to a bunch of green people.  ::) We all think ours is better than the others.  ;D  I have grates in mine.I use a auger to remove the ashes.
There's really nothing that I would think would be better if it was done a differant way.One of the few things I bought that I did not have to re do because it's a bother that way.
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Re: What is the best outdoor wood furnace for the money????
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2011, 09:41:25 am »
I knew Doc would be the first to grab this one. All his questions are very valid. Their are so many variables that you have to look at to get the whole picture. The dealer is a very important one because they will very important in your decision. The answer to the question which is the best one is almost always going to be the one that that person owns at that time. Gassier or non gasifier like Doc says is your main decision. I own a Central Boiler non gasifier and love it, but I also don't have a problem with neighbors or towns at this time. Tonto.
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Re: What is the best outdoor wood furnace for the money????
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2011, 12:08:23 pm »
You may find the Garn to be one of the best boilers but, it is expensive and it needs a roof or building over it. Holmes
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Re: What is the best outdoor wood furnace for the money????
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2011, 12:58:35 pm »
I like my Central boiler 5036. Simple and works 3rd year now. I am a bit low on wood right now so I dropped a live  poplar last night. Stump to fire 20 minutes. Try that with a gasser.

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Re: What is the best outdoor wood furnace for the money????
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2011, 10:24:52 pm »
my company    Free Heat Machine   went out of business

apparently  opened up down the street with a new name


that said  I love it   stainless   7 years now flawless..... throw the wood in it burns

old style outside booster fan

burns almost any wood though does not do well with dead green pine only

paid 8400 for whole system

7 winters at 4000+ bucks in its cold here new hampshire = 28K

so somewhere around 20k saved        and where would all that 30 cord a year pine gone anyway
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Re: What is the best outdoor wood furnace for the money????
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2011, 05:31:02 am »
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Re: What is the best outdoor wood furnace for the money????
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2011, 09:33:58 am »
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              Karlk  This looks like a very good product. What are your experiences with it? Is it that simple and easy to operate?  Holmes
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Re: What is the best outdoor wood furnace for the money????
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2011, 07:58:08 am »
I'll put a third thumbs up for the Central Boiler 5036! It will have paid for itself as of this fall, 3 years since it started heating our house and hot water. If you live in rural area, where neighbors are spread out, an OWB is a great investment.
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Re: What is the best outdoor wood furnace for the money????
« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2011, 08:17:47 pm »
CB 5036 still goin strong with no problems after4 years- :) :)-Buzz
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Re: What is the best outdoor wood furnace for the money????
« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2011, 05:43:48 pm »
Holmes I had an eko gasification boiler with water storage befor buying the portage&maine optimizer, the optimizer is about as easy as it gets! Clean the tubes every few weeks and thats it. It worked great all winter and now Im using it for domestic hot water only.Almost no smoke and very little ash. Im going to burn 365 days a year.

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Re: What is the best outdoor wood furnace for the money????
« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2011, 06:03:14 pm »
      My family has 3 heatmors 2central boiler 5036 and I have a portage and main. The heatmors are all ten years old . They all still work fine. The central boilers are a step above them as far as effcientcy. The portage and main is a good step or two above the cb. Service has been good also.

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Re: What is the best outdoor wood furnace for the money????
« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2011, 12:01:00 pm »
vt k-9

Just read your post and wondering your location as well as the expense of the Portage and Main. Watched videos of the 250 optimizer and looks interesting.
Can't locate a dealer in Maine. Where can I go for reviews?

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« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2011, 11:50:01 pm »
Slate Valley Boilers 802 265 4422 in Vermont says they deliver to Maine but thats a rather large area. There website gave a price of $11,500 not sure if that is delivered. Steve Burlingame a P&M dealer in Charlton,MA told me $10,500 and another $500 for shipping from Canada. They are a bit pricey, but I saw his Optimizer 250 running a couple weeks ago. Neat unit, built real well. He sells Empyre's also. Night and Day between the two, P&M wins hands down. You can easily access the whole HX. Actually look straight through and have a visual when cleaning. I don't own one yet but if all goes well I will be running one in the fall.
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Re: What is the best outdoor wood furnace for the money????
« Reply #15 on: April 21, 2011, 12:18:35 am »
I've been busy posting tonight. Please see my comments on another similiar thread on this page Topic: Portage and Main Optimizer 250 Good,Bad, or just O.K. Don't sell the E2400 short. Some research shows there are many differences that favor the E2400

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« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2013, 10:36:27 pm »
Hello, new to this board and I am looking for a outdoor wood furnace. I have an Empyre Clean Burn which after 5 years has lost all of it's water and needs to be replaced. I am looking at a few stoves and wondered if any one had any thoughts on them. They are a heat master, wood master, heatmor, or polar furnace, central boiler, but not Empyre. Any insight on these stoves would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2013, 10:50:28 pm »
brewster113,sorry to hear of your troubles. But I do want to welcome you to the forum. Good luck with whatever you get.
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Re: What is the best outdoor wood furnace for the money????
« Reply #18 on: February 14, 2013, 08:37:48 am »
Bruce, fireboxes can be repaired and it is a lot cheaper than replacing the whole stove. If the empyre is just 5 yrs old I would have a repair person give an estimate on fixing it. In some areas where OWBs have been popular for twenty years there are very often people who are experienced in repairing OWB fireboxes. I know of a large Empyre that had a new top put on the firebox 2 years ago.
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Re: What is the best outdoor wood furnace for the money????
« Reply #19 on: February 14, 2013, 10:29:58 am »
I have a Woodmaster that like Cfarm's is a basic no frills furnace. At 12 years old it developed a crack where the chimney goes through the water jacket I stripped it down and rebuilt the are around the crack, while it was stripped I noticed another section that was developing a crack so that was fixed as well. That was two winters ago and its still going strong. The woodmaster at the time was middle of the road and it paid for itself in 2 years of not heating with propane, the 12 years after that have all been "free" heat.

If I had to buy another I would look into another woodmaster as this one has been good to me.