Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Central Boiler outdoor furnace?
It is a safe and efficient way to heat your home. The Central Boiler outdoor furnace is designed to look like an attractive storage building and is installed outside, away from the home or building being heated. A water jacket surrounds the furnace firebox and the heat is transferred from the wood fire to the water.
How does a Central Boiler outdoor furnace heat my building(s) and water?
A water jacket surrounds the furnace firebox and heat exchanger, and heated water is circulated to the home or building through insulated underground pipes -- an efficient way to move heat over distances. A Central Boiler outdoor furnace is designed to work with any existing heating system. Water-to-air or water-to-water heat exchangers or direct circulation conveys the heat into the structure's forced-air furnace, boiler or radiant floor heating system. This allows you normal thermostatic control. Central Boiler outdoor furnaces can provide heat for all your domestic hot water by adding a water-to-water heat exchanger, and you can save even more per month! Central Boiler outdoor furnaces also have the ability to heat multiple buildings, such as a garage, workshop, shed, greenhouse, or barn. It can even be used to heat a swimming pool or hot tub.
What are some advantages of a Central Boiler outdoor furnace?
The Central Boiler outdoor wood furnace removes fire hazards from your home or building because all of the burning takes place outside. An outdoor wood furnace won't affect your indoor air quality and can alleviate respiratory and allergy problems caused by indoor wood burning. Did you know that current Central Boiler outdoor furnace owners are using from 25 to 70% less wood compared to other wood heating alternatives? Since Central Boiler outdoor wood furnaces can burn larger pieces of wood they can dramatically reduce the time you spend preparing wood. Thermostatic control provides your home with even, steady heat.
Do I have a choice of colors?
Central Boiler outdoor wood furnaces are available in many different color combinations, one that's sure to compliment the exterior of your home. Currently available colors can be seen in the Furnaces section under the E-Classic or Classic models pages. The Classic CL 7260 and Pallet Burner are only available in charcoal.
Is the installation difficult?
Installing your Central Boiler outdoor wood furnace is easier than you might think. Many customers have chosen to install their own Central Boiler furnace because the installation can be easily completed in a day using the installation manual. As an approved Central Boiler dealer and installer, we have all the supplies and accessories you need to get your furnace up and running.
Is this furnace (boiler) pressurized or non-pressurized?
Outdoor wood furnaces are non-pressurized. Technically they are atmospheric vented, which means they are safe.
Can this furnace explode?
Since Central Boiler outdoor furnaces are non-pressurized systems the possibility of an explosion is eliminated.
Can I connect a Central Boiler outdoor furnace to a forced air heating system?
Yes, more than 65% of all installations are connected to existing forced air heating systems.
I only have baseboard electric heat. How can I use a Central Boiler outdoor furnace?
Many people with electric baseboards elect to install radiant floor heat between the floor joists. Call us for other hydronic and space heating options.
Can I heat more than one building?
One of the many advantages of the Central Boiler outdoor furnace is the ability to heat multiple buildings from one location.
Can I heat my domestic water with a Central Boiler outdoor furnace?
Yes, with the use of a domestic water heating kit that uses a water-to-water heat exchanger. You can turn off your hot water heater and save even more money per month!
Can a Central Boiler outdoor furnace heat my pool and/or hot tub?
Yes, many Central Boiler customers heat their pool and/or hot tub.