Wood Heat is Good For You and Good For our Environment.
A wood heating system is the right choice for the increasing number of people who are concerned about our environment. Unlike systems that rely on fossil fuels, wood is a totally renewable resource, which, when burned, results in no net carbon dioxide increase and helps reduce your carbon footprint. Carbon dioxide is part of the natural plant-growth cycle and occurs naturally when trees are allowed to rot on the forest floor.
On the other hand, fossil fuels, when burned, release carbon dioxide which otherwise would stay trapped in the earth. The burning of fossil fuels causes a net increase in carbon dioxide, which is believed to be responsible for the heat-trapping greenhouse effect. In addition, harvesting firewood has a pruning effect on forests, which allows new growth to flourish. And the wood you burn most likely comes from your local area — it’s not imported, as is the case with oil.
How do wood boilers work?
A Central Boiler brand outdoor furnace is located outside, typically 30 to 200 feet (but as far as 500 feet) away from your home or building, and works with any existing heating system.
A water jacket surrounds the furnace firebox and heat exchanger, and heated water is circulated to your home or building through insulated underground pipes — an efficient way to move heat over distances.
The outdoor furnace is designed to work with any existing heating system. Water-to-air or water-to-water heat exchangers or direct circulation conveys the heat into the structure’s forced-air furnace, radiant baseboard, or radiant floor heating system. This allows you normal thermostatic temperature control.
The outdoor furnace can provide heat for all your domestic hot water by adding a water-to-water heat exchanger. You can turn off your hot water heater and save even more money!
The outdoor furnace has the ability to heat multiple buildings, such as a garage, workshop, shed, greenhouse, or barn — without using other heating sources. It can even be used to heat a swimming pool or hot tub.
Why choose a Central Wood Boiler?
Eliminates your heating bill…
For many owners that cut their own wood, or use scrap wood, they can entirely eliminate their heating bills.
Outdoor Furnace Best Burn Practices
Central Boiler, in partnership with our industry association, the Hearth, Patio and Barbeque Association (HPBA), recommends following the Outdoor Furnace Best Burn Practices.
Did you know?
Using wood as a heating fuel is endorsed by the U.S. Forestry Service.
By burning wood, a renewable resource, an average home will save enough nonrenewable fossil fuel to operate an automobile for a full year.
Central Boiler Outdoor Furnace Advantages
Central Boiler outdoor wood furnaces provide the warmth, comfort, and economic advantages of burning wood — without the mess, inconvenience, and dangers posed by indoor burning.
Indoor Or Outdoor Burning? Be Safe At Home.
Safety is a major consideration when it comes to burning wood as a heat source. An estimated 73,800 home heating fires in 1994 killed 487 people and injured almost 2,000 people. But Central Boiler outdoor furnaces remove the fire hazard from the home or building being heated — all burning takes place remotely, up to 500 feet away. There’s no indoor burning, indoor smoke, and no threat of a devastating chimney fire. Also, indoor burning can affect air quality, and even create a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide. With a Central Boiler outdoor furnace, these problems are eliminated. You get clean, comfortable warmth — and peace of mind. All Central Boiler outdoor furnace models have been tested and listed to UL and CSA standards.
Energy Costs: Get A Handle On Your Heating Bills.
Energy costs are a major household or business expenditure, especially in harsher winter climates. As a fuel source, wood — in addition to being readily available and totally renewable — is also very inexpensive compared to other fuel sources. In fact, the energy savings realized by heating with a Central Boiler outdoor furnace can often pay back the purchase price in the first two years. By adding a domestic water-to-water heat exchanger, a Central Boiler outdoor furnace can also provide all of your hot water. You can then turn your water heater off and realize big savings on your electric or gas bill. Over a ten-year period, a homeowner or business may save $20,000 to $100,000 or more on heating costs.
Efficiency Means More Heat From Less Wood.
Central Boiler outdoor furnaces’ energy efficient designs maximize the combustion and heat transfer process for better heat delivery. In other words, Central Boiler outdoor furnaces burn more completely and efficiently, and transfer more of the heat generated to your home. Current owners of Central Boiler outdoor furnaces report that they are using up to 25% to 70% less wood compared to traditional wood furnaces or other brands of outdoor wood furnaces. Indoor wood stoves can be less efficient because heated indoor air used for combustion is sent out the chimney, causing cold air to be drawn into the house to replace it.
It’s Your Home. Why Not Enjoy It?
Your home is one of your biggest investments. It’s where your family spends a considerable amount of time. And you spend a considerable amount of money making it comfortable and enjoyable. Firewood can be dirty, moldy and riddled with insects which can create a mess in your home. Burning wood indoors means smoke, ashes, odors, and eventual buildup of soot on walls and ceilings. With a Central Boiler outdoor furnace, you avoid all of these problems because you don’t have to bring firewood inside, and all burning takes place remotely. Many Central Boiler outdoor furnace owners have also noticed that eliminating indoor burning has helped alleviate respiratory and allergy problems caused by exposure to moldy firewood, smoke, and ashes.
Burn Wood, Not Your Spare Time.
Continuous stoking of wood is a necessary part of fireplace and wood stove use. If you don’t have the time or energy to continually babysit these heat sources, a Central Boiler outdoor furnace is your low-maintenance alternative. Since Central Boiler outdoor wood furnaces can burn larger pieces of wood they can dramatically reduce time spent preparing the wood. The large firebox door is designed for easy loading of wood and removal of ash.