Wood Furnace Ratings, A Repairman Reviews The Brands...

With our wood furnace ratings you can cut through all the sales hype and find value. It truly is as if you were taking a repairman (Hvacrepairguy) with you while you shop! These reviews are for units that burn logs and transfer the heat to the air that is circulated throughout the home by a duct system. We have given you our top picks followed by complete lists of manufacturers and their ratings.

World's Best Indoor Wood Furnace:

Our top pick is the CADDY model from PSG which is made by STOVE BUILDER INTERNATIONAL.The unit is EPA certified and is available as an add-on, wood-oil combo, or wood-electric combo. They are backed by a very good warranty.

World's Best Outdoor Wood Furnace:

Our top pick is the AIRSTOVE brand which is from HOPSCO ENERGY and the furnaces are available in North America. They offer three models and feature plug and go electrical installation to make it easier. They use induced draft for convenience and efficiency and can be purchased direct from the factory. The units require the installation of firebrick but the brick is not included with the unit.

Other Wood Furnace Ratings

BRAND-----------------INDOOR--OUTDOOR

AirStove-------------------NA-----------5*

This brand is from HOPSCO ENERGY and the furnaces are available in North America. They offer three models and feature plug and go electrical installation to make it easier. They use induced draft for convenience and efficiency and can be purchased direct from the factory. The units require the installation of firebrick but the brick is not included with the unit. airstove.com

BENJAMIN-----------------<1*----------NA

These units are made in Canada. The WK 400 standard unit is designed to be added to an existing furnace system but can stand alone when an optional blower is ordered. They also offer an oil/wood combination unit. The warranty (especially on the heat exchanger) is not as good as many brands. benjaminheating.com

BLAZE KING----------------<1*---------NA

These furnaces are made by VALLEY COMFORT MANUFACTURING and are available in the USA. The APEX-CBT units use catalytic combustion and can be installed as a stand alone unit or added to another furnace system. The warranty is not very good. blazeking.com

BRECKWELL----------------<1*---------NA

The SF747 furnace has a fire brick lined combustion chamber and an output of up to 180,000 btu/hr. The brand is a part of NATIONAL STEELCRAFTERS and the unit offers an optional hot water coil kit. Their website does not have a stated warranty policy. breckwell.com

BRUNCO-------------------<1*---------NA

This brand offers wood/coal units in three sizes. They feature induced draft combustion and a secondary heat exchanger to increase efficiency. Their website is not much help and does not have a stated warranty policy. brunks.com

CHARMASTER----------------1*---------2*

The CHALET model is designed for smaller homes and includes a coil for domestic hot water production. The EMBERS is an outdoor wood furnace with a standard three speed blower. The units are backed by an average guarantee. charmaster.com

CLAYTON-------------------<1*---------NA

This brand is from US STOVE. The 1802G is designed as an add-on furnace and is lined with firebrick. The manufacturer's website is not much help and does not have a stated warranty policy. usstove.com

DAKA-----------------------<1*---------NA

These furnaces can burn wood or coal and can be purchased online from the manufacturer. They are basic units and the warranty is not very good. dakacorp.com

DROLET----------------------4*----------NA

These furnaces are made by STOVE BUILDERS INTERNATIONAL and are available at retailers in the USA and Canada. The TUNDRA & HEATMAX units are EPA certified clean burning units with a refractory lined combustion chamber. The HEATPRO wood furnace is for larger homes and has an adjustable plenum to host from six to ten heat runs. They have a window for viewing the fire and are backed by a good guarantee. drolet.ca

ENERGY KING----------------<1*---------NA

These units are made by RJM MANUFACTURING INC. and can burn wood or coal. They offer three sizes to match the size of your home. The warranty is not as good as some of the other brands. energyking.com

ENGLANDER-----------------<1*----------NA

This brand is available in the USA and Canada. The 28-3500 model is a basic fire brick lined unit with manual draft control. Their website is not much help and the warranty is not very good. heatredefined.com

FIRECHIEF------------------<1*----------3*

This brand is from HY-C manufacturing and is sold at many farm/home stores. They feature wood gasification combustion to meet EPA standards and offer four sizes of indoor add-on units and two sizes of outdoor units. firechiefwoodfurnace.com

HITZER---------------------<1*----------NA

These furnaces can burn wood or coal and are available in the USA and Canada. They offer two sizes and an optional domestic hot water coil. Their website is not much help and does not have a stated warranty policy. hitzer.com

JA ROBY--------------------<1*----------NA

These units are sold at hardware stores in Canada. The units feature a two speed blower and are clean burning. The GRIZZLY features self-cleaning glass and a refractory lined firebox but the warranty policy is not very good. jaroby.com

KERR-----------------------<1*----------NA

This brand is made in Canada by PARRSBORO METAL FABRICATORS LTD. which is owned by GRANBY INDUSTRIES. The units are available for purchase in the USA as well as Canada. The SCOTSMAN is for larger homes while the SCOTTY is for smaller houses. Their website is not much help and does not have a stated warranty policy. granbyindustries.com

KOMBI----------------------<1*----------NA

This brand is made in Greece and is sold throughout Europe. The SWM models have a durable stainless steel heat exchanger and are available in seven sizes. Their website is not much help and does not have a stated guarantee for their products. kombi.gr

KUUMA---------------------<1*----------NA

The VAPORFIRE models are available in two sizes and feature computer controlled gasification combustion. It has a step motor to control the combustion air to precisely match the heating requirements and the blower is controlled by the home's thermostat. The internal parts are stainless steel for durability and the unit is lined with firebrick but the warranty is not very good. lamppakuuma.com

LIL' HOUSE------------------NA----------3*

These are basic units that are available in one size (100,000 btu). They use manual draft control and are available from BRADLEY ENTERPRISES LLC. outsidewoodheater.com

NAPOLEON------------------3*-----------NA

The HMF100 offers an optional glass door for viewing the fire and backup electrical heating. The HMF150 is a combination wood/ oil furnace that is clean burning and backed by a good warranty. napoleonheatingandcooling.com

NEWMAC-------------------<1*-----------NA

These furnaces are made in Canada and sold throughout North America. The WFA-85 units are EPA/CSA compliant. They also offer wood and wood/oil combination units that can be added to an existing warm air heating system. Their website is not much help and the guarantee on the units is not very good when compared to other brands. newmacfurnaces.com

PSG-------------------------5*-----------NA

This brand is from STOVE BUILDER INTERNATIONAL. The CADDY model is EPA certified and is available as an add-on, wood-oil combo, or wood-electric combo. They are backed by a very good warranty. psg-distribution.com

ROYALL--------------------<1*-----------4*

These furnaces can burn wood or coal and can be purchased online from the manufacturer. They offer three sizes of indoor models to match the heating requirements of your home. A stainless steel domestic hot water coil is offered as an option. The 9150 is an outdoor furnace with a ceramic lined combustion chamber for clean burning. The unit is backed by a good guarantee. royallfurnace.com

SHAVER---------------------NA----------<1*

The THERMOWIND 1000 uses induced draft combustion for better efficiency. They offer insulated air ducts as well that can be buried which makes for a more appealing installation. They can be purchased directly from the manufacturer and installed by yourself but the warranty is not very good when compared to other brands. shaver-woodfurnace.com

SHELTER-------------------<1*-----------NA

This brand is made in the USA and sold at discount home improvement stores. They can burn wood or coal but the warranty (especially on the firebox) is not very good. shelterfurnace.com

THERMO-CONTROL-----------2*----------NA

This brand offers furnaces in three sizes that use gasification technology for clean, efficient burning. The standard units are made to be added to an existing heating system but, with an optional blower, they can be a stand-alone system. They are backed by a pretty good warranty as well. nationalstoveworks.com

US STOVE-------------------NA-----------2*

These are basic models. Their website is not much help and does not have a stated warranty policy. usstove.com

WOODCHUCK---------------<1*-----------NA

This brand is made by MEYER MANUFACTURING CORP. The units use catalytic combustion which means more maintenance. the units are available in three sizes and can burn coal as well as wood. They offer an optional hot water coil but the warranty on the units is not very good. woodchuckfurnace.com

YUKON EAGLE--------------<1*-----------NA

These furnaces are made by ALPHA AMERICAN COMPANY and can be purchased directly from them. The KLONDIKE can burn wood or coal and is lined with firebrick. The units have a durable stainless steel secondary heat exchanger and a solid state control. yukon-eagle.com