Switching to a pellet furnace

lmholmes11 Posted By lmholmes11, Jul 27, 2018 at 2:12 PM

  1. lmholmes11

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    Hey everyone. Currently I have an outdoor wood boiler and I'm considering switching to an indoor pellet furnace. Mainly because I can get pellets very cheap, plus I'm sick of going outside in below zero windchills and blizzards to fill the fire. I see that the Harmon aren't being made anymore so that's not an option. What are other good brands of furnaces? I guess it could be a pellet boiler also, that way i canjust retrofit the existing heat exchangers from the wood boiler over to the pellet.

    I'm in northern Michigan in a windy area, heating 2200 sqft basement and first floor.
     
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    Good choice! Heat you lose from an indoor boiler is not really lost .
    Just about any kind of solid fuel furnace in your basement helps a great deal with the temps on that floor. I have a cast iron radiator in my finished basement but i almost never utilize it,have a bypass valve on it. All those uninsulated hot water pipes in the ceiling keep the basement about 75 or more plus warm the floors for the second story.
     
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    Another popular brand of ducted pellet furnace is the Fahrenheit. They are made in USA.
     
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    If you can find a used Harman Pellet Boiler or Harman Pellet Furnace, grab it! Best Pellet heaters for the money$$ I have worked on both of them.
    I have also worked on the Magnum Pellet Furnace and the US Stove Pellet Furnace Of which the US stove is still being made.
     
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    It concerns me that they no longer are making the Harman furnaces, as far as parts go, etc. What was the average pellet usage of the ones you worked on, do you recall?

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    The Harman Pellet Boiler or Furnace Are basically a Harman Stove with a large heat exchanger so parts really are easy to get. I have a customer with a Harman PB105 Boiler for baseboard heat and hot water. The pellet usage is approx 10 tons a year. So figure out the cost of both your current heat and hot water together and compare that with the cost of 10 tons of wood pellets.
    Also consider a Gas, Propane or electric instant hot water panel and one or 2 wood pellet stoves in the best central locations of your house. That may be a very efficient alternative.
     
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    Cool thanks. Do you know how much sqft they are heating approx?

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