Econo outside wood furnace or big bla...

Econo outside wood furnace or big black stove in the yard

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survey says

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#1 Oct 3, 2012
Does anyone have any experience with one of the Econo stoves from ozarkbiomass? These are the big black stoves at a very resonable price that I plan on buying soon.....

I heard there are quite a few around Salem and wondered how people are liking them. Post up some reviews if you, your neighbor or friends have one or have used one!!!
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Warrensburg, MO

#2 Oct 3, 2012
survey says wrote:
Does anyone have any experience with one of the Econo stoves from ozarkbiomass? These are the big black stoves at a very resonable price that I plan on buying soon.....

I heard there are quite a few around Salem and wondered how people are liking them. Post up some reviews if you, your neighbor or friends have one or have used one!!!
I've never used an Econo brand furnace. But, if you're still comparing brands and making a decision, I love my Heatmor outdoor wood furnace. Very efficient, easy to use, not too pricy.
yep

Salem, MO

#3 Oct 3, 2012
I also have a Heatmor and do not know anything about a Econo stove.
do your homework

Warrensburg, MO

#4 Oct 4, 2012
I looked at a lot of furnaces including the Econo before purchasing a Hardy. I was scared off from the Econo due to it not having grates and also I talked to a guy who has one who said it used a LOT of water. Also, it only has a 3 year warranty where the Hardy has 20 and most others have at least 10-20. I would recommend talking to the dealers and make a well informed decision because while the Econo is cheap, you can spend more money and get something that will last.
what

Cameron, MO

#5 Oct 4, 2012
do your homework wrote:
I looked at a lot of furnaces including the Econo before purchasing a Hardy. I was scared off from the Econo due to it not having grates and also I talked to a guy who has one who said it used a LOT of water. Also, it only has a 3 year warranty where the Hardy has 20 and most others have at least 10-20. I would recommend talking to the dealers and make a well informed decision because while the Econo is cheap, you can spend more money and get something that will last.
I didn't know that they used water, I thought they just circulated it.
sensible heat

United States

#6 Oct 4, 2012
Maybe that guy needed to instal the optional condesator cap doo dad thingy. It is supposed to capture any water that evaporates out the top of the water box and allow it to fall back down into the water box......
greats

United States

#7 Oct 4, 2012
As far as the Econo not having grates.........neither does the Central Boiler or many other high dollar stoves.........I am thinking just throw a thin layer of sand and lay some fire brick in the bottom. Then install or fabricate a condensator cap.......... Those seem like easy mods for the price difference.
The controls and components seem like quality components...
do your homework

Haslet, TX

#8 Oct 4, 2012
greats wrote:
As far as the Econo not having grates.........neither does the Central Boiler or many other high dollar stoves.........I am thinking just throw a thin layer of sand and lay some fire brick in the bottom. Then install or fabricate a condensator cap.......... Those seem like easy mods for the price difference.
The controls and components seem like quality components...
The problem with no grates is your coals, ashes, and wood are all lumped together. That's why I bought a furnace that has an ash pit where you just open a door and remove ashes instead of having to let the fire die down for ash removal. And by using water I meant it was always steaming and losing water. Which to me indicates a poor design.
steaming

United States

#9 Oct 4, 2012
That is what the condensator cap does. It captures the steam and condenses it back into water, thereby reducing water usage.

As far as a stove with grates those Heatmasters down in Houston, Mo..........now those shaker grates look great..........but I wonder what they look like in 5 or 10 years???
Econo users

United States

#10 Oct 4, 2012
I was hoping to see more actual owners of these stoves post up some 1st hand experiences!!

Well maybe we can keep this going until one of them shows up on here.....

These look like a product that can fill a Niche market for those that really need to save money on heat bills.
getting colder

Doniphan, MO

#11 Oct 7, 2012
Hey, anybody out there got there Ozarkbiomass Econo stoves fired up for the cool temps in the morning???
(-.-)

Warrensburg, MO

#12 Oct 8, 2012
I have one, and it's terribly inefficient. Uses more wood than my old furnace ever did. I definitely would not recommend this brand of wood furnace.

Since: Sep 12

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#13 Oct 8, 2012
I have an old victor forced air, It has a big firebox and I can stoke it 6:00 at night and it is good until 8:00 in the morning. It keeps the house nice and warm.. If I wanted 85 it would go there when it is 0 outside. I prefer the forced air to hot water.
timmy

Warrensburg, MO

#14 Oct 8, 2012
UH1D wrote:
I have an old victor forced air, It has a big firebox and I can stoke it 6:00 at night and it is good until 8:00 in the morning. It keeps the house nice and warm.. If I wanted 85 it would go there when it is 0 outside. I prefer the forced air to hot water.
I have had both types of wood furnaces. If you prefer the forced air furnaces you must like uncontrollable indoor temperatures, ash and dust, and the occasional flue fire. I like controlled temp, clean house, safety, and all the hot water I can use.

Since: Sep 12

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#15 Oct 8, 2012
I don't have flue fires because I maintain the furnace and clean the flue. A properly installed wood forced air furnace is controlled by a dampener and thermostat. The temperature can be reasonably controlled. The duct work is sealed and there is no smoke or ash and dust in the house. I am glad you like your water heater, I like my forced air furnace. I also have a Gas furnace installed and if the fire goes out the gas furnace automatically kicks on.
eco heato

Doniphan, MO

#16 Oct 9, 2012
Anybody else got one of these monsters??
They got a big door/mouth maybe that is where the appetite comes from.......

But ya hafta wonder if the water lines going to and from the stove were insulated very good.........
Doug Morrison

United States

#17 Oct 15, 2012
Dear Survey says, Simply put, you get what you pay for. I was the first person in dent county to buy a Econo furnace. I know this because I went to Dodd Brothers heating and cooling in Falcon, Mo and bought it directly from them. They are the manufacturer and distributer. I paid $3250 for it and thought I was getting a good stove. I was nothing but dissappointed with it. I'll start a list.
There is no insulation on the bottom or the front so you loose a lot of heat that way.
There are no grates which makes it a pain in the ass to get the ashes out. Now you can buy grates for, at that time $600. I put grates for a hardy in mine and they worked fine.
The door is the same size as the firebox which is good to put wood in but when you open it you get smoked every time and the door on mine didnt seal up very good and the latch didnt work well either.
The blower on the door has a flapper that shuts when the blower turns off to keep it from drawing air and overheating. Good design but its too close to the firebox and gets clogged up with soot and then sticks open and then your stove turns into a steam engine. You have to stick something in there a least twice a week to clean that flapper.
I was told when I bought it that it hardly ever needs to be refilled with water. BULL__IT!!! I had to take the back of the stove off and fill it every other day. Its no big deal, just turn on a valve for a few minutes but still a pain. My stove was always steaming. I even turned it down to 160 degrees and still had to fill it a lot. Now, you can buy this tower they sell for it for $60 to help with the steam loss.
My blower quit after two months. The temp. unit quit after three months. They wouldnt pay for either. My blower cover fell off the first month.
I had nothing but bad experiances with my stove and when I sold my house I was glad to let the stove go with it. The way I see it if you buy a Econo and then buy all the options for it, its almost the same price as a Hardy and not near the stove a hardy is.
Well, I hope this helps you in your decision.
Thanks for the real scoop

Doniphan, MO

#18 Oct 15, 2012
Well.........sounds like I should just save my money and buy some scrap metal and welding rods.......looking forward to hearing some more 1st hand experiences with one of these things......
hows ur stove doin

United States

#19 Dec 14, 2012
So how is everyones' Econo stoves doing so far this winter???
Warm

Salem, MO

#20 Dec 16, 2012
We have a natures comfort with grates and an ashpan that works great. Uses very little wood and we haven't added water in two years. My neighbor is a pastor of a local church and has the econo furnace. He is very satisfied with it. It heats his home and hot water. He paid a very reasonable price for it and had it professionally installed. He recommends the econo to everyone. He has persuaded several of his friends to buy the econo also. Me I will stay with my natures comfort.

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