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mike

United States

#21 Feb 6, 2013
Doug Morrison wrote:
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.
Going thru same thing thought i just had a lemon
But seems to be a normal thing with this stove.
And the warranty is only good for wiping your a## on.
It kinda hurts to spend your hard earned money on something that only last a year. But worse that someone dont stand behind what they sell.
mtvguy

West Plains, MO

#22 Nov 23, 2013
i have a econo 100 i have had mine for over a year now and no problems at all. i paid $2650.00 for mine.i bought the condencer for the steam los and it works fine. so far so good. yes i know it is a cheeper stove, but it was all i could aford at the time
Sweatin

Rolla, MO

#23 Jan 9, 2014
I too have had really good luck with this furnace. I love the big door because I can have a dump truck load of log ends dropped off from salem wood products and it will last me all year. If you can pick it up, it will fit in the door. Those log ends are de-barked, so very little ashes are left in the bottom. I scooped ashes out twice last year, including the end of season clean-up. It uses a little water, but I don't believe it's that big of a deal. Adding a couple gallons of water every few days is a lot cheaper than paying a propane/ natural gas/ electric bill
info Seek

United States

#24 Jan 10, 2014
A little off the subject, but has anyone with an inside/outside wood burning furnace had problems getting home insurance? I would believe the outside furnace would be less risky, but my main concern is with an inside wood burning furnace. My insurance company is now squawking about my furnace in my 2 car detached garage and a heat reclaimer attached to my flue pipe. I’m tempted to find another insurance company.
still considering a econo

United States

#25 Aug 9, 2014
would like some newer reviews of the econo 200 stoves got a friend considering buying a new outdoor wood stove and he would really like to find some actual users of this stove to speak with in person before spending heard earned money!!! He is retired and doesn't need one to last forever just work pretty good a few years. Will they keep a fire going by just loading once or twice a day? Does anyone know of any used outdoor boiler stoves for sale?
no good

Scottsburg, IN

#26 Aug 25, 2014
still considering a econo wrote:
would like some newer reviews of the econo 200 stoves got a friend considering buying a new outdoor wood stove and he would really like to find some actual users of this stove to speak with in person before spending heard earned money!!! He is retired and doesn't need one to last forever just work pretty good a few years. Will they keep a fire going by just loading once or twice a day? Does anyone know of any used outdoor boiler stoves for sale?
I think you will be very disappointed with the econo .I went thru all the over heating problems also the door doesn't seal worth a hoot. I no of a lot of people with hardy central boiler etc that has been operating for years with no problems .I have had my for 3 and wish I never seen it.
Banecono

Columbus, IN

#27 Nov 5, 2015
no good wrote:
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I think you will be very disappointed with the econo .I went thru all the over heating problems also the door doesn't seal worth a hoot. I no of a lot of people with hardy central boiler etc that has been operating for years with no problems .I have had my for 3 and wish I never seen it.
Another year with this big ugly thing wish I never seen it
Banecono

Columbus, IN

#28 Nov 5, 2015
Spend extra money buy something that will last you will be so far ahead

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