Anyone feedback on a Woodstock Ben Franklin?

Nov 30, 2016
28
Mansfield, ohio
They are on sale right now and was wondering if anyone here was using one? It’s cold in here!

My house is shaped like a T. I have a coal stove in the basement of the top of the T but am thinking about adding a gas stove to the first floor of the bottom of the T. The stove would run pretty much continuously five months of the year.

I bought a 500 gallon used propane tank. I need a lot of BTUs. I really want a furnace, but none of the five furnace guys who have looked at the job have ever returned with an estimate. It must be a bit of a mind boggler, as the house has no ducting.

Any suggestions on install? Operation? Good points and bad? Picture taken while we were doing some repairs, hence the messy yard.
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DAKSY

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Not familiar with the model, but reading the info posted here:


I see that they rate it at 34K BTU OUTPUT. That is incorrect
based on the specs listed. Burning LP it has a 33,833 BTU INPUT
rating, but when you multiply that x 77% efficiency, you get 26,051
BTU OUTPUT. That may not be enough for that old stone structure,
unless you have it heavily insulated & tight.
 
Nov 30, 2016
28
Mansfield, ohio
Thank you for your figuring and comments - I was wondering about those numbers. No insulation, just thick stone walls and single pane windows. And many leaks. For me, $2,600 is a lot to spend for a measly 26,000 btu. I have been looking at used gas models but they are hard to find in any brand.
 

DAKSY

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See if you can locate a Jotul GF600 Firelight. At 40K BTU input,
it's one of the larger units on the market & has an Old Style look to it.
Output of about 30K...
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DAKSY

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Look for a standing pilot unit. It's as basic as they come.
No newfangled electronics to worry about, & you can
put a remote or a thermostat on it. 50% turn down rate, too.