The Earth Rancher is an outdoor wood furnace designed to heat up to 3000 square feet. It has a water capacity of 235 gallons and a heating capacity of approximately 250,000 BTU. The unit has a 1/2" thick firebox and a 20" x 20" wood door with no ash door and grate system. High heat and batting insulation on the sides and bottom, batting with Solar Guard on top, and a layer of Solar Guard around the entire unit help increase the Rancher's efficiency. It has a digital thermostat and comes with a 3-speed Taco pump installed. All Earth furnaces are also coal burning. The cost of a Rancher is $5,250.00 as of 2015, with financing available.
Poor welds, poor door design, very poor customer service. Would not recommend furnace to anyone. Will be making a video on you-tube soon while tearing this thing apart to show everyone where the leaks are. The company won't backup the warranty. Mine is only four years old and I have to go buy a different brand already, looking for one right now. This company should not be in business. I stress do not buy a stove from earth outdoor furnace. They are a useless bunch.
"Do not buy"
Bad welds, stove only four years old and started leaking inside the firebox. The company won't do anything.
"Worst Company & Product Ever"
Where do I start. Bought an Earth outdoor Rancher 365 in 2012. There hasn't been a year passed that I haven't had to tear it apart to repair it. The 1st year I had a water leak on the top where the main water line entered the tank. Some jackoff didn't tighten the clamp on the hose, so it leaked and rusted the elbow to where it broke off. The company kept giving me the run around for 5 months until I gave up and paid for the materials myself and took the time to make the repairs myself. 2nd year, the tank cracked, started to leak around the top and bottom corners of the fill door. Too much flexing on the metal with the weight of the wood inside and the constant opening and closing of the door. I had to tear it apart, drill a hole to stop the crack, weld the crack, grind it down smooth, then cut and weld a piece of 3/8" support plate on the corners to reinforce it. Had to do this all in 1 day in 15 degree weather due to my work schedule. Left message with company. Never received a return call as of yet ( 5 years later). Year 3: The tank was blowing steam out of the overflow pipe and the digital thermometer was reading 140 degrees. I'm not the smartest guy, but I do know water boils at 212 degrees. Had to replace the thermostat. Didn't even waste my time trying to call them. Year 4: The tank is blowing steam again. This time the lower lip on the firebox where the door meets when the door is closed, rusted out and was sucking air, causing the fire to be raging constantly. Had to build a weld, grind, and shape it to fit & seal properly. Year 5: This time, same area but on the bottom part of the door. A section of metal that the door gasket sets in rusted off and the door gasket wouldn't seal tight, letting air pass by, causing the fire to burn constantly. Knock on wood, today is 11/8/18. Just fired it up. Nothing yet, but we will have to see what goes bad next. So much for a 25 year warranty. I don't know how this company is still in business. Buyer beware.
Living in Northern New York, it is common to see -20 degrees or lower. I've used this furnace for the second winter and it has done a great job heating my 150 year old home. The fan forced draft comes on when the water temperature drops to 175 degrees and shuts off at 180 degrees as required by the factory setting. I keep my thermostat set at 68-70 degrees and it stay within that setting. [Much better than the old furnace that was in my basement ]. If I ever do need to replace parts, such as draft fan, aquastat or circulating pump they can be purchased at any plumbing supply. I recommend this furnace with it's 1/2" thick firebox. Much better than an other brand that burns through after three years use, I know of three of those in this area of less than 1000 people.
"DON'T BUY IT"
I bought the Unit in 2015 and placed it in service the week after Christmas 2015. In February of 2018, the water jacket rotted out and it started pouring water, not a leak, but a full on stream. I finally got in touch with the warranty person, Don Rader, who told me I would have to ship it back to Missouri, at my cost. I called the dealer who sold it to me and was told mine is the third one in a year that has started leaking. I had faith in the company, that is gone. It is cheaper to call a welder and have it fixed.
There are very few online comments regarding the Earth Rancher. In a post on ingunowners.com, a homeowner who was considering a Rancher because of the price was told by a responder that he knows someone who heats with an outside wood furnace and he thinks it's a Rancher. On outdoorwoodfurnaceinfo.com is a post from a homeowner having trouble because of the way his Rancher was installed, but not with the unit itself. There are also a couple of posts on the same site regarding questions about installation.
The warranty for the Earth Rancher wood furnace is comprised of the following:
25-year furnace warranty, which covers parts and labor. Warranty is pro-rated after the 7th year
1-year warranty on door, grates and damper
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