Central Boiler Classic Wood Furnaces

Central Boiler Classic Wood Furnace Overview

The Central Boiler Classic is a wood furnace available in four models, with a tank capacity ranging from 140 gallons to 764 gallons. It features a ripple top design for increased heat transfer area and a vent cap designed to eliminate evaporation. The unit's large, insulated cast iron door is designed for easy loading and maximum efficiency, with a powder coating for increased paint durability. A water-filled HeatLock baffle will not warp or burn out, and sprayed-on urethane foam insulation forms an airtight seal around the water jacket. Due to the EPA's New Source Performance Standards, new Classic models will only be available until the end of 2015. Base models of the Classic start at $5,490, though prices can vary depending on shipping and options.

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Consumer Reviews of Central Boiler Classic


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  • #1 of 5 Central Boiler Wood Furnace
  • 53.33% of customers recommended

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Central Boiler Classic Wood Furnace Reviews

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"Central Boiler Best Around"

5.0 rating
Very Satisfied

I have had my Central Boiler Classic wood furnace for a year and a half and love it. After last year's winter, I knew it was time to invest in a new wood furnace, and I have been very satisfied with my choice. I have never had to repair mine but I have read reviews in which customers have had to have repairs done. Most complaints have been about the spark plug, which though important, is quite an easy fix. I have had no such issues with the spark plug. Other issues have also been reported but none of which I have also had happen. That could possibly be due to rough handling, but I have no complaints about mine thus far. I would definitely recommend and buy from Central Boiler again for my wood furnace needs.

Newton, New Jersey

"Central boiler outdoor wood boiler"

4.0 rating
Somewhat Satisfied

I've owned the Classic Model outdoor wood furnace for about 4 years now and it's still running great. This piece of equipment has required very little maintenance, aside from the cleaning which has been minimal (I was even able to do this myself). I love being able to provide my family with heat from natural, local, and renewable resources. As a bonus, chopping wood for the furnace gives me down time to think and also provides me with great exercise. The reliability of this machine was a major factor in my purchase, as I value being self-sufficient in any way possible. The upfront cost seemed like a lot at first, but we are saving a ton of money using a non-traditional method of heating our home. I am very grateful to my friend who made this recommendation to me, I would not have considered this otherwise. I would definitely recommend this product, or possibly a more expensive model for larger homes.

Ann Arbor, MI

"Update on my problem"

3.0 rating

I own a Central Boiler model# 6048. I'm beginning to doubt Central Boiler's famed warranty. I'm still waiting for them to honor their warranty on a faulty heat exchanger that they sold me. I've been working on getting this problem resolved with them for over a month now. Due to the lack of any response from both Central Boiler and their distributor D&R Country Designs, I plan on contacting the owner of Central Boiler to ask for his help with this issue. I'll keep you posted with any new developments.

Dean G.

Orwigsburg, PA

"Will they Honor their warranty?"

4.0 rating
Somewhat Satisfied

I'm a Central Boiler Model 6048 owner for 2yrs. So far, so good. I have had one problem with the heat exchanger that Central Boiler sold me to heat my pool. It's leaking water. I have contacted Central Boiler and initially they refused to help me but later I got a call from the dealer (D&R Country Designs in Palmerton,PA) that I bought my Central Boiler from and they are willing to "look" at the defective heat exchanger. I guess now I get to see if their famous warranty is for real or just a sales pitch. I'll let everyone know what they decide to do about this problem. Stay tuned.

D. Gherghel

Orwigsburg, PA

"Central Boiler 6048"

5.0 rating
Very Satisfied

Purchased a 6048 for a little less than 10k in Oct of 2007. Replaces a oil furnace in a large old farm house. I absolutely love this unit!! Free hot water, and heat!! It's very efficient in the wood burn, load the stove and it normally lasts 3 days and on a below 0 with win -9 night it still lasts 24-36 hours. Great investment!

A Ritchie

Other Classic Reviews

A homeowner on hearth.com was trying to choose between the Classic and a Heatmaster unit which was $2000 less. A couple of people said to get the Heatmaster because the price is so much lower, but a slight majority preferred the Classic because Central Boiler is a bigger company with more support. A homeowner on forestryforum.com deciding between the Classic and the E-Classic was told by most responders that the Classic is time-tested and that most customers have been satisfied with it.

Classic Warranty

Product registration is required for maximum warranty coverage. The warranty for the Central Boiler Classic wood furnace is comprised of the following:

  • 1-year manufacturer defect & workmanship warranty

An optional 25-Year Warranty is available if a Limited Warranty Registration Form is completed and sent to Central Boiler within five (5) days of the original owner taking possession of the furnace AND provided that one thermostatic valve per set of supply and return lines is installed in the system.

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