Biomass furnace ratings part 2 continues our expert and unbiased reviews with a look at the Endurance, Faci, Grain Comfort, Mesys, Napoleon, Newmac, and PSG brands.
This brand has autostart so that you do not have to manually light the unit at the start of the season. It is designed as an add-on to an existing system (the unit has no provision for adding air conditioning). It has a stainless steel burner pot and heat exchanger for durability as well as a large hopper with an optional extension available. Their THUROHEAT heat exchanger transfers more heat to the room air as it spends more time in contact with the heat source. The units also have built-in programmable LCD control display and a two speed blower. The heat exchanger warranty is not as good as some other brands.
These furnaces burn wood pellets and have digital controls. Their website is not much help and does not have a stated guarantee for their products.
These furnaces are made in Canada. The Maxi Comfort units can burn wood pellets or grains and have a large 200 pound hopper. They also have a large heat output at 110,000 btu/hr but the guarantee on the firebox is not very good.
The AUTOPELLET AIR units offer manual, semi-automatic, and fully automatic versions of their pellet burning furnaces. They have a fully integrated room temperature sensor that modulates the air flow as well as the burner to maximize comfort and efficiency. The brand is backed by a good guarantee but is only available through dealers in parts of the USA and Canada.
These units are made in Canada and are available in North America. The NCPF110 is a multi-fuel furnace with digital controls. It has three stage control for optimum performance. It has a large 10 cubic foot hopper and is backed by a very good warranty.
The NPB furnaces burn wood pellets and offer two stages of firing. They feature automatic controls and a self cleaning burner but their website is not much help and does not have a stated guarantee for the units. The brand is made in Canada and is a part of UNITED STATES STOVE COMPANY. The furnaces are available throughout North America.
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This brand is made in Canada by STOVE BUILDER INTERNATIONAL and is available in the USA as well. The CADDY ALTERNA units can burn wood pellets or other biomass pellets. The unit has electronic ignition and is EPA certified for clean burning. They offer an optional fresh air intake and a backup electric heating element. The unit has a heating capacity of up to 120,000 btu/hr but can be adjusted on the control panel to provide for better heating cycles for the home. The units are sold through dealers and are backed by a very good warranty.