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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-25-2013, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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outdoor woodburner

In the market for one but know nothing about them other then I could spend anywhere between 5-10K$$. Recommendations?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-25-2013, 09:06 PM
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What are you heating? How is it going to be heated? Radiant? Converted to forced air?
The dealers can be very helpful. Also make certain you know if there are local/township restrictions.

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Samuel,
I have had one for 4 years and I have learned a ton of info about them in that time. Feel free to ask away.
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Re: outdoor woodburner

Dad has an Central Boiler Classic. He has access to a lot of wood, time, and place to process and store it, and lives in the country where smoke isn't an issue with neighbors. They'll burn green or dry wood, but dry is more efficient by far. His Classic is connected to his oil furnace, so the the oil burner serves as back-up if anything goes wrong with the wood burner. Goes thru much more wood than me (I have a conventional Harman indoor wood stove), but he is heating his water all year with it, and the house as necessary thru the existing baseboard heating elements. He burns paper, cardboard, and even crap hay bales in it, in addition to wood. A hay bale may go a day in the summer to just keep the water hot enuf.

i talked to a plumber friend, and has installed a few for folks. He told me the efficiency for an outdoor wood burner is much lower in terms of the amount of wood burned vs the amount of energy actually transferred to the house as heat or heated water for domestic use as compared to an indoor wood burner, since the outdoor one just simmers most of it's life. Biggest advantage of an outdoor burner is to get the dirt and smoke out of the house, while still burning wood and such. IMHO.

Oh, and as experienced by me and my neighbors (I'm from the town that made the nightly news a few years ago on wood burners!), paying the extra $$ for a a nice, tall stack and the little "do-dad's" that go up on the end of the stack to "clean" up the smoke that comes out, is well worth the cost if you're near other folks with it.
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The only ones you can buy now and put in legally are EPA phase2 approved. They are not like the old ones and have a secondary burn chamber, are more serviceable and efficient. No more big fireboxes smoldering and belching smoke when the draft opens. They require dry seasoned wood. Here's the questions to ask, yes it will burn more than a stove inside your house but will heat everywhere you have baseboard radiators, vents etc...if you have access to lots of wood and time to split and stack, yes it's cheaper than oil, gas elec, etc..keeps the mess outside, overall you are committed to it, it's worth it! Big difference between the old ones and the newer efficient ones. Like night and day!

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Re: outdoor woodburner

Details are the place has electric heat obviously that has to go. Was going to do hot water baseboard. It is 1700 sf so I am thinking I could use one of the smaller model. Basically I am looking for something efficient but not overpriced. Don't need to control it from my I phone, it's only a wood burner lol.

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Is it for a house or camp? If it is for a camp that you are not there to babysit it, I would say no. They hold a lot of water and will freeze if not in use and I dont think you would want to drain and refill it.
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Re: outdoor woodburner

Hey Samuel,

Before you buy one, contact Alternative Heating in Chambersburg, PA. They have about the most efficient wood and coal models that I could find. And, if you don't have a way to transport, they also make a multitude of trailers to haul them home.

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