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  1. georgia hillbilly

    georgia hillbilly New Member

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    I want to give credit when credit is due. too many people these days only complain about products and arent grateful for the ones that are good. Let me bend your ears for a minute. Last year we bough a large (9k sq ft) unconventional metal house. it was previously being heated by 2- 1k gallon propane tanks. I couldnt fathom that bill from the propane company. SO, growing up on firewood, 3 houses later with firewood heat, naturally i started to look for the best option. I know different strokes for different folks, and water boil wasnt for us. We are in north georgia and people in the south dont make any woodstoves that are serious duty.I ended up driving over 2700 miles in three days with a rental truck, driving 60 miles from canada to minnesota. After weeks** of studying and learning, we bought a lightly used Charmaster wood furnace. We got it home, installed, ran duct, etc. The wood we used for the first part of last year was quite a mixture of extremely dry wood from many different type trees of low quality. The stove performed ok, but was making a lot of ash and was going through wood like sh!t through a goose. When we ran out in early january, i started cutting dead standing good oak trees. Here is where it was a life changing experience. This stove, by design, is HONESTLY, NO B.S., FREAKING AWESOME! simple, no powered draft, heating piece of industrial machinery! I am jones-ing to crank it this year! Our windows are single pane, paper thin garbage, yet the furnace will cook you out! From being able to use our existing thermostat, only needing a simple 110v supply, power out heat, basement capable, emergency heat relief, etc, its beyond impressive. Call me out if you want to come check it out in north georgia. This is NOT a paid review!! You just need to post when things are this good. the furnace now makes near ZERO ash and burns minimal dry /semi dry oak wood. Consider me a VERY very very happy owner. If you are deciding to save a pile of money on heat and go the wood furnace route, I highly recommend you look very hard at charmasters stoves. If you want any info about mine, pm me. ==c
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  2. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Ah heck, quit holding back. Tell us how you really feel. ;lol And why you moved into an airplane hanger?
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  3. georgia hillbilly

    georgia hillbilly New Member

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    Ha! it may have well been a hanger.
  4. BoilerMan

    BoilerMan Minister of Fire

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    You know the rules.............WE WANT PICS! :) Especially of the install and this "unconventional 9K sq.ft. house/hanger":rolleyes:

    Great to hear the good news!

    Really!

    TS
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  5. woodsmaster

    woodsmaster Minister of Fire

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    How cold does it get there ?
  6. stee6043

    stee6043 Minister of Fire

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    Sounds like a happy customer. Zero ash and minimal wood sounds impressive. As posted above, let's see some pictures!
  7. jebatty

    jebatty Minister of Fire

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    I assume you know that minimal dry wood may take up to 50% or more of the heat energy in the wood just to boil off the excess water, and burning that wood results in low efficiency of the boiler.
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  8. georgia hillbilly

    georgia hillbilly New Member

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    I have been burning wood since i was born. I remember nearly falling alseep while sitting on the wood stove as a kid. It does get in the 20's here for a good while during the peak winter months. one snow that lasts for a day. when the temps stay around the 20's-30's, it really depleted and stored mass heat. i know there are much colder parts of the america/canada but remeber they dont build places in this state for cold weather.

    its not a boiler.

    i will work on getting pictures soon. time is of short supply recently.
  9. jebatty

    jebatty Minister of Fire

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    ... same applies to a furnace and even a camp fire.
  10. ihookem

    ihookem Minister of Fire

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    Never heard of it Georgia boy. Is it a gasser? And where are you in Georgia? Just asking cause we have a new young youth pastor from south Georgia that was telling us a few months ago he never saw snow fall. He had a winter jacket on today LOL..!! Good for you though. I have an EKO 25. It is poorly made design from a good idea of a gassifier. The idea of a gasser is simple and efficient though.
  11. georgia hillbilly

    georgia hillbilly New Member

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    see above ;)
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  12. georgia hillbilly

    georgia hillbilly New Member

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    no, wood furnace. doesnt use as much electricity as a gasser. I recommend steering clear of too many sensors, circuit boards, water leak joints, dangerous high water temps.
  13. Fred61

    Fred61 Minister of Fire

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    Yeah, I totally agree. Wouldn't want those sensors and circuit boards using all that electricity when you can just take the heat away with a simple 3/4 horsepower fan.
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  14. maple1

    maple1 Minister of Fire

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    I bet my gasser uses less electricity than your furnace.

    We're mixing up talk though between hot air furnaces & hot water 'boilers'.
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  15. lampmfg

    lampmfg Member

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    The Charmaster furnace is a heavy duty unit made about 2 hours from us in Minnesota. You don't have much ash and get good heat in that type of large setting, because it really blasts the wood. In my opinion blasting wood hurts efficiency while producing a lot of creosote especially when trying to control temperature in a typical home setting.
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  16. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Let's cut the personal attacks. There's enough hot air blowing around here without them.
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