How To Purchace An Outdoor Wood Furnace

Outdoor wood furnaces are springing up everywhere. Each year there are more and more manufacturers, and each claims to have the best product available. But which one really is the best?

All outdoor wood furnaces work. There is no such thing as a cold fire. All outdoor wood furnaces produce heat and lots of it. However, all outdoor wood furnaces are not alike.
Outdoor wood furnaces are a major cost; even the “cheapies” are a significant investment. The key word here is investment.

The key decision is whether to make an investment or merely a purchase. Before buying, consider performance, quality, safety and above all, longevity.

Check into the following BEFORE you make your investment:

  • LENGTH OF CHIMNEY
  • CHIMNEY LOCATION
  • CHIMNEY CAPS
  • FURNACE DOOR INSULATION
  • DOOR ANTI-BLOWBACK CATCH
  • TYPE OF DOOR GASKETS
  • TYPE OF DOOR CONSTRUCTION
  • SIZE OF DOOR
  • INSULATED, CAST or WATER-JACKETED DOORS
  • LEGS vs SKIRTING
  • RUST CONTROL
  • LONGEVITY OF STAINLESS STEEL
  • ANTIFREEZE AS A RUST INHIBITOR
  • FREEZE PREVENTION
  • WEIGHT OF STEEL
  • INSULATION TYPES
  • WATER JACKET LOCATION
  • OUTSIDE WATER JACKET
  • SIZE OF WATER STORAGE
  • HEATING CAPACITY
  • EFFICIENCY
  • FLOOR HEATING vs FORCED AIR or PASSIVE
  • HOOKING INTO AN EXISTING PRESSURE SYSTEM
  • TYPE OF WATER PIPE
  • CREOSOTE
  • DEPTH OF FIREBOX
  • ASH REMOVAL
  • SAFETY FEATURES
  • COMPONENT REPLACEMENT
  • WOOD CONSUMPTION
  • WATER EXPANSION
  • HOUSING
  • DRAFT CONTROL–MANUAL, ELECTRIC, FORCED AIR
  • STRENGTH
  • CONTROLS
  • TESTING