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Outdoor wood furnaces are an eco-friendly and cost-effective way to heat a home. Instead of electric, oil, or gas, they can be a great option. Different sizes and features come at different prices – you can find one to suit your heating needs.
Crown Royal Stoves is a popular brand. They offer wood boilers in various capacities, with thick firebox walls, shaker grates, and water jackets. The Hyprotherm Pro Series has dual fuel options, such as coal burners, corn, and pellet boilers.
Size is key. To get the right unit, you need to know how many square feet you need to heat. Also, the incoming water temperature affects how much wood you’ll need to burn.
Water storage capacity is important too. Homes that need more hot water per minute need bigger boilers. Heat exchanger units like Plate Exchangers or Central Boiler models let you connect indoors with minimal installation costs.
Where you put the boiler matters. Make sure it’s far away from other structures and trees, so it gets enough air.
Lastly, prices. Research average prices from trusted local dealers and get warranties. You may need a lower BTU unit for hotter regions, or a higher efficiency furnace if you want underground piping.
Factors Affecting the Cost of Outdoor Wood Furnaces
- Size, material, brand, heating capacity, and water capacity all affect the cost.
- The fuel source, installation, and labor costs also need to be considered.
- Home size and climate impact heating needs.
Pro Tip: Invest in a model with a limited warranty. Don’t settle for anything less than a Crown Royal stove! Fit for a king.
Most Popular Brands and Models of Outdoor Wood Furnaces
Popular outdoor wood furnaces come in various shapes and sizes for your heating needs. Here are the top models from some of the best brands:
Most Popular Brands & Models
Crown Royal Stoves
|Model||Type||Heating Capacity (sq ft)||Price Range|
|Crown Royal RS7200E||Outdoor Wood||1750-2250||$6,390 – $7,590|
|Crown Royal Pristine Series||Gasification Boiler||N/A||$9,499 – $11,999|
Plus, check out these Hyprotherm Pro series outdoor wood boilers:
|Model||Type||Heating Capacity (sq ft)|
|Hyprotherm FLRH-400||Outdoor Wood||Up to 8,000 sq ft|
|Hyprotherm COAL Boiler FLRH-265||Coal Burners||Not Specified|
The outdoor coal boilers from this brand have a lifetime warranty!
Their most efficient furnace is the Classic Edge Titanium HD series. It has more BTUs but is more expensive. Check out their pricing:
|Model||Type||max. Heating Area|
|Classic Edge 350 Titanium HD||Outdoor||Up to 10,500 sq ft|
|Classic Edge 550 Titanium HD||Outdoor||Up to 18,000 sq ft|
|Classic Edge Forge stove Furnace||stove||Up to 5,000 sq ft|
Heatmor offers top-notch furnaces for all kinds of homes. Their 200SS series has a thick firebox and shaker grates that work great with hardwoods of higher moisture content. See their prices:
|Model||Type||max. Heating Area|
|Heatmor 200SS||Outdoor Wood||1,800 to 3,500 sq ft|
|Heatmor X-Series||Outdoor Wood Pellet||2,000 to 5,000 sq ft|
These outdoor water furnaces have a unique feature – you can use them as a hot tub!
Many outdoor boilers have ratings close to standard boilers. They usually have limited warranties on parts, and extended warranties on parts like the water jacket or heat exchanger for up to 20 years.
Hydronic heating systems are popular for their longevity and energy savings. Whether you need an indoor or outdoor boiler for the entire house or part of it, these popular wood and coal models are great options.
I installed an outdoor wood furnace in my cabin last year. With underground pipes for heat distribution, I saved on installation costs and could regulate temperature zone by zone. Now I spend nights enjoying the comforting glow of my wood furnace instead of oil or propane! Installing an outdoor wood furnace may cost you a lot, but at least you’ll have firewood for warmth.
Installation Costs and Labor of Outdoor Wood Furnaces
Installing an outdoor wood furnace incurs a few costs. Labor charges, materials – all of them contribute. To help you get an idea of the Installation Costs and Labor, I have created a table with average estimates based on factors such as square footage, type of unit, and installation complexity.
The following table shows the average cost (with Installation/labor) of various types of units for outdoor wood furnace:
|Type Of Unit||Average Cost (With Installation/labor)|
|Hyprotherm Pro||$7,000 – $12,000|
|Crown Royal Stoves||$5,500 – $10,000|
|Heatmor||$8,000 – $15,000|
|Central Boiler||$7,500 – $13,000|
|WoodMaster||$6,000 – $11,000|
These costs may differ depending on square footage or location. It is best to talk to a professional installation team for an exact estimate, as there are many factors that influence the cost.
You can try to cut down on installation costs by opting for gasification models, which are usually cheaper than standard boilers. Underground pipes can also save money, by cutting down on piping costs. If you’re doing it yourself, make sure to read and understand the installation manual.
Maintaining an outdoor wood furnace is like having a high-maintenance girlfriend. But, at least, the furnace comes with a lifetime warranty.
Maintenance and Lifetime Warranty of Outdoor Wood Furnaces
To keep your outdoor wood furnace running smoothly, efficiently & safely, you must maintain it well. Manufacturers provide lifetime warranties if you repair & maintain it. Here are 3 maintenance points:
- Clean the water tank.
- Inspect & clean the chimney cap.
- Check & clean grates or shaker grates.
Also, check the water level & avoid wet/green wood. Check for damages from leaks in pipes/heat exchangers. Poor maintenance can lead to costly repair bills.
Not all manufacturers offer lifetime warranty support. So, choose a reputed one with excellent customer service & after-sales support. Hyprotherm is one of the best suppliers in North America. They offer 20-year lifetime warranties & great customer service.
Their Pro Series models heat 85,000 to 1 million BTUs/hour. Dual fuel & gasification models give you the best of both worlds in outdoor furnace heating.
Dual Fuel and Gasification Models
Dual Fuel and Gasification models are popular for outdoor wood boilers. They give users the flexibility to use multiple fuel sources like wood and coal, for efficient heat production. To help you find the best model, here is a table of some of the most popular Dual Fuel and Gasification Boilers.
|Model||Heat Exchanger||Water Capacity||Square Footage||Dual Fuel||Price|
|Crown Royal Pristine Series||Plate exchanger/steel grates||90 gallons/100 cubic feet||Up to 3,500 sq ft||Yes – wood/coal/oil/propane/natural gas||$8,199|
|Hyprotherm Pro Series||Steel water jacket/solid steel grates||95 gallons/106 cubic feet||Up to 5,000 sq ft||Yes -wood/coal||$7,495|
|Central Boiler Classic Edge||100-gallon water storage tank||Titanium-enhanced stainless steel heat exchanger/cast iron shaker grates||Up to 10,000 sq ft||Yes-wood||$11,165|
|Heatmor X Series||Cast Iron shaker grates||100 gallon water storage tank||Up to large homes or small commercial buildings||Yes||$8,800|
Dual Fuel and Gasification Boilers offer high efficiency and lower heating costs. But, they may need more maintenance and installation costs due to their complexity. WoodMaster also offers indoor boilers that burn cordwood or pellets, with 85% efficiency.
If someone has specific heating needs and wants an indoor system, WoodMaster may be a better option. So, let’s get you the ideal outdoor wood furnace to heat your home!
If you’re thinking of investing in an outdoor wood furnace, there are many factors to consider before buying one. Here’s an overview of the information and options available. One should assess their heating needs based on the size of their property before deciding on a brand. The heating capacity in square feet will affect your choice of furnace. It’s important to do research on brands and models to make sure your investment is worth it. Otherwise, you may have to spend more on repairs or replacements later. Don’t skimp on taking the time to consider all the options and pick the best furnace that fits your budget and needs for efficient indoor heating.