Wood furnace with pellet backup?

ccjumper Posted By ccjumper, May 22, 2018 at 5:36 PM

  1. ccjumper

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    I am doing some research to figure out what the best setup would be for my house and realized this is what i need. (cordwood furnace with pellet backup) LOL not sure if it is even made, but i work 60 hours per week and dont have time to load a wood furnace, so one with an automatic pellet backup would be perfect. I just moved into a 3200 SF home that is being heated with a heat pump and each room has separate electric heat as well if needed. A few months during this last Ohio winter my electric bill got to $1200, not cool so was thinking of wood or pellet furnace add on. preferably a single unit that does both....
    The only thing I have found is a Woodmaster flex fuel boiler which is over $10,000.
    Has anyone heard of such a furnace? I have 165 acres of wood to cut so i cant bring myself to buy a pellet only stove but the pellet backup would be perfect...Thanks for any help...
     
  2. bags

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    I'm not familiar with that particular Woodmaster unit but installed a 5500 wood unit about 14 years ago. It has been a good and reliable unit and system. I have since switch to heating mainly with pellets just for ease of use.

    You could go pellet and also a wood stove etc and heat with wood when you are home.

    That said I was gone a lot and still heated with the 5500. The wood units have very long burn times if you get a good one. Same holds true with ease of use with a pellet stove.
     
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  3. johneh

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    I heat with a combination wood/oil furnace . I also use
    a pellet stove as a space heater. witch it is designed for
    My Insurance company insisted on a fully automatic
    system that's why the oil . In the last 20 years I have
    not bought a drop of oil . my tank is 10 years old and
    never seen oil .
    If for some reason I have to replace the unit I will go
    to a propane/wood furnace that way I could use the tank
    for a BBQ and whole house generator
    That said buy the system that will work for you
     
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  4. brenndatomu

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    What about a BK King stove? Long burn times...might not heat your house 100% all the time, but even on the days where it can't quite keep up, it would sure take a huge bite out of the heat bill!
    Or a Kuuma furnace...no need to spend a lot of time foolin with it...they are pretty much load n go...almost anybody can do it (read: wife, kids)
     
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  5. ccjumper

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    I looked at both stoves, but 5300 dollars before install is a hard pill to swallow. I'm starting to lean more towards a pellet furnace just because of the long burn times. I guess I would just sell the firewood that I would normally burn every year to pay for the pellets. I know I don't want an OWB, been there done that in another house. Really wonder why nobody makes a cordwood furnace with pellet backup. It would really be the best of both worlds, doesn't seem like it would be that hard for them to build? I dunno, thanks for all the help so far...
     
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    $1200 per month seems a lot harder pill to swallow than a 1 time $5300...would pay for itself in 1 winter.
    Pellet furnace would work too...just make sure to do your homework on model, I don't know much about them, but I do know some are better than others for sure...I don't know that there are any cheap ones worth having...maybe the pellet boys can enlighten you on that...
     
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    Around here, pellets cost about as much as oil to heat with - so I just can't see the point in going with pellets. Just from my localized point of view.

    I think I would go with a nice wood furnace - that should cover 90% of your heating, easily. IMO you get what you pay for with the Kuuma.

    Heat pump to help fill the gaps.

    Although we don't know much about your system - like what you have for ductwork. Or heat pump. Or chimney situation. Or potential furnace & wood space. If you still want to use pellets, I would likely just do a stove instead of a furnace, but I don't know much about or haven't seen much about pellet furnaces - thinking if there were good ones out there, we'd be reading about them here?
     
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    On that other forum, the pellet furnace guys love their Fahrenheit pellet furnaces. Made in America, not even as expensive as a harman!
     
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