Outdoor furnace owners, dealers and neighbors share stories about how using an outdoor furnace responsibly can improve homes, businesses and lives.
To heat this house with 8,000 square feet, we’d probably have to run eight indoor wood stoves, and they wouldn’t protect the basement from freezing. For me, it isn’t a financial decision to heat with wood. When I think about the fact that I’m not burning fossil fuel, it gives me great pleasure. It’s about our foreign oil dependence . . . conservation.
Most of the winter, when it’s so cold, this fire is burning so very, very hot that it isn’t producing any smoke at all. We have three tenants on the property and not one has ever complained . . . tenants in a building 300 feet away and horse-boarding tenants who are in and out of the barn and on the property several times a week.
We've had your system up and running for a month WOW! We are toasty warm, my house is dust free, my family’s allergies have gone away. The boiler is easy to maintain and the quality of workmanship on a turn key install was great. And my electric heat pump is quiet.
I live in a new log home. It should be standard equipment on every new log home being built. With the deregulation of Maryland's electric, I calculated that by 2008 my rates would rise 75% from where they currently are today, making the payback on my boiler about 8 years, at which time it would be fully paid for including the installation expense.
Peter and Terri G.
The negative media and hype of the now popular outdoor wood furnaces has made me aware of how people are misled. My wife and I are recent purchasers of a Central Boiler outdoor wood furnace and we are very pleased. Our furnace replaces about 500 gallons of heating oil per month. Our brand new oil furnace which was installed in 2005 hasn’t burned a drop of heating oil since November 6, 2006!!! WOOOHOOO!
We both grew up with indoor wood stoves. We liked the concept . . . and looked at indoor wood boilers, but didn’t want smoke and ash in our home. Not just that, but the mess of bugs and wood clippings that fall all over the floor when hauling the wood into the house and filling the stove. . . the soot on all the walls and furniture and the idea of breathing in the smoke. Every time you open the door…POOF, another cloud of smoke was working its way around the house into our lungs. Also the heat that is transmitted is very dry and harsh. It is hard to control and it’s inefficient.
The outdoor wood boiler is great. It’s a fire box that holds lots of wood and burns only when it needs to maintain the water temperature. It only needs to be filled once or twice a day.
Does it smoke more than an indoor wood stove? From what I have seen it doesn’t. I’m on the road a lot and when I see smoke and I look, it’s almost always coming out of a house chimney, and sometimes flowing across the road or neighbor’s yard.
We collect wood all summer. We remove dead fallen trees in the woods and friends’ yards. So we are cleaning the forests as we are burning a clean renewable fuel! This unit by far has been one of our best investments yet!
I use an Outdoor Wood Boiler because of the safety it provides.
I can still remember the day I chose to purchase my outdoor unit. My father had loaded our indoor wood furnace and failed to fully latch the unit’s double-doors. During the day the fire shifted and burning logs fell onto the floor. Thankfully I was at home and got to the furnace before any damage was done.
Our house was built in the 1700s and we live in a rural area. Our closest neighbors are half mile away. If our house ever caught on fire, God forbid, the fire fighters would not be able to do anything other than bring marshmallows.
Dr. Linda E.
I have always burned wood. With my old indoor unit there was always soot and ashes in the house. When I would add fuel in the mornings I would spend 20 minutes sneezing from the smoke that escaped into the house.
When that unit wore out, I switched to an outdoor wood boiler and, frankly, I could not live without it. No indoor mess or smoke, and I only have to feed it once a day.
Quite a few people in town have outdoor wood boilers and I know they love them too. I was speaking to a friend the other day and he said that with the money he has saved with his unit, he would not think of any other way of heating his house.