Central Boiler Classic Edge Wood Furnace
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Overview of the Classic Edge
The Central Boiler Classic Edge is an outdoor wood gasification furnace available in three models with a water capacity ranging from 150 gallons to 330 gallons. The unit has a vertical heat exchanger, which provides optimal heat transfer and allows exhaust particles to drop to the bottom, reducing the need for maintenance. It also has an air charge tube, unique to Central Boiler, which improves efficiency and lowers emissions by controlling airflow while preventing coals from falling into the lower chamber. Air-tight, waterproof urethane spray foam insulation and an insulated chimney help lock in heat and reduce wood usage, and the FireStar II electronic controller automatically adjusts the primary and secondary air to optimize the gasification process.
The 2016 starting price of the Central Boiler Classic Edge is $6,490.
Date created: 2019-01-30
Name: Robert Hovey
Location: Remsen, NY
It is 0 degrees f at 9 pm on January 30, 2019. I have just come back inside from once again trying to remedy the fact that my new-in-October Classic Edge 550 $12000 (installed) wood boiler is once again not heating its water enough to keep my oil boiler from firing up. This unit, purported to be adequate to heat a much larger house, consistently fails to adequately burn wood that has been seasoned 2 years and kept in a dry shed. The dealer is apparently not competent to service it keeps offering possible reasons for the lack of functionality. After several air and timing adjustments, after keeping religiously to the cleaning requirements, and using wood as prescribed, there can be only one answer; this product is awful, and Central Boiler has no customer service, no quality concern, and a poor product. Keep your conventional furnace or boiler. This product is Garbage.
Date created: 2018-11-27
Name: Richard Neff
The central boiler should e ashamed of themselves for putting a product like my 750 edge classic.!! I am a disabled veteran with a limited income and have close to $13,000 invested in a stove and piping that was supposed to be able to heat my house and pole barn with plenty of BTUís to spare! not!!!! Works great when it is 50 degrees outside as soon as it gets cold I canít keep my water temperature up. I go through tons of wood (yes seasoned and dry). I have to shut it down to disassemble the firebox to clean where the worthless chains are supposed to keep clear (which I shake at least twice a day). Iíve called the company 3 times only to treated like an incompetent idiot and give their old faithful lack of insulation speech! Just man up and admit you have designed built and sold a piece of junk!!! Which is why you no longer sell this model!!!
Date created: 2018-11-21
Location: Franklin, Tn
"Very Efficient Furnace"
***Learning curve to this unit*** 750 is very efficient and easy to use. This is the first wood boiler that I've owned. That must be the reason I can effectively use it better than the guys with the older units. I can see where they would have trouble learning the gasser units. Its a little more than cutting a log and burning green or junk wood. The wood for this unit has to be seasoned for it to operate correctly, I cut my wood a year beforehand to start drying. Very minimal wood used compared to the older units I've seen. All the old timers need to find one of these units and watch someone operate before writing it off. These only smoke very little when loading wood. Once the reaction chamber gets hot it will burn the smoke completely. I keep a good coal bed, run the cleaning rod thru the bottom 5-6 times and never have any trouble with fire restarting during the night. If you read the instructions on these units, it will operate exactly how it needs to perform.
Date created: 2018-10-29
Name: Gerald Lee
Bought this boiler in 2018. Love the stove. There is a learning curve to operate this stove. The dealer was very helpful to get me started heating my house and shop with it. Have no trouble keeping the fire burning. The dealer set it up to run the blowers every 20 minutes to keep the fire up when you're not using it as much. Would recommend this stove to anyone.
Date created: 2018-08-15
Name: Steven King
Location: SE Missouri
I purchased my Central Boiler Classic Edge 350 in December of 2017. I installed it myself and I am heating 1,300 square feet and my dhw. My house needs some energy efficient upgrades, such as windows, insulation added in attic, and such. I burned roughly a little less than 3 cords of wood in 4 1/2 months. I switched from propane, keeping the drafty house at 69 or 70 and being cold. After installing my Classic Edge, my wife put the thermostat on 77 degrees and everybody was warm and happy. My electric bill\ also dropped around $35 a month just from heating my domestic hot water. I was always used to use a traditional style wood furnace, so there was a learning curve with a new style furnace. After doing some studying and just trying different techniques, I had it dialed in on about a week. The first week, I had trouble until I learned how important it was to keep the nozzle area open and how important a well established coal bed was. After that, it has been flawless! I would happily buy the unit again! I truly believe most of the negative reviews you see on any of this style of furnace are from people not learning how to operate the new style furnace. But after you learn it, they are simple and use substantially less wood. So far, it has been a great product. If it lasts 15 years or better, there will be another Central Boiler going in its place when it is done.
Date created: 2018-01-03
Name: D O
"Great Stove, burns differently than traditional stoves"
Take the time to learn about this stove before writing it off. A lot of 'old timers' I talked to trashed this stove because it wasn't the 'old style'. Turns out you can burn about half the wood and have half the maintenance if you operate this stove correctly. Highly recommend if you're willing to burn dry wood and know how/when to load it.
Date created: 2017-05-07
Location: Southern Ohio
"Grow a pair!"
Read your reviews, candy ass. There is maintenance on this stoves. I guess these city boys are just too lazy to do it. Have had my stove eight years. Best money ever sent! If your stove has roted if outside in, you should have put the stove pipe cap back on when you shut it down for the season. Just like everything in life, you get a couple of Mama's boys wining and crying because they're to lazy to get off their ass! Thanks.
Date created: 2017-03-08
If you like to stay on hold, or leave unreturned messages, definitely buy one. Nobody will help if you have problems and all you get is the run around. This is coming from someone who had the dealer install the unit even. Easy unit to use, but the firestar wifi is not what they claim.
Date created: 2017-02-04
Name: Lou Gloriod
Location: Sullivan, MO
"Worst furnace ever"
I just had one of the central boiler 550 classic edge furnaces installed in the fall of 2016 and it has proven to be the biggest mistake ever, the fire won't stay lit due to lack of air flow so I tried cleaning it out and trying to relight with no success I called the furnace dealer who installed it and after he worked on it for at least 6 hrs he was able to get a fire going in it but you can't fill it up you can only put like 3-4 sticks in it that are no bigger than 2-3 inches in diameter plus it has to be super dry wood or else it won't stay burning. So please take my advise and don't buy one of these units because if you do you will be sorry You may as well use gas or electric to heat your home as it will be a lot cheaper and a whole lot less aggravation. Also since the furnace man worked on it I have to fuel it 8 times a day which means setting an alarm four times at night to get up and check on it.
Date created: 2017-01-24
Location: Sullivan, MO
"What a waste of money"
I bought this unit the classic 550 back in the fall of 2016 and was told what a wonder furnace it was and I was lied to It is not efficient at all plus you have to constantly clean it the fire won't stay lit I would be better off with gas or electric heat. Please do not buy a central boiler you will be very sorry.
Date created: 2016-12-17
Location: Ettrick, WI
"Plugged up, burn out"
Today I had my first gas furnace installed, I bought the Edge 750 in November of 2015. It is nothing but a plugged up pos. In fact my dealer had so many complaints he up and quit the business. I have had so many problems with this thing it's almost unbelievable. So to anyone who wants a Central Boiler turn and run or throw 11,000.00 into your septic tank because you get the same thing either way, these things are junk. I am also going to create a P.O. box number so I can get letters and pictures to go after this horrible unhelpful company. I will be reposting that address. P.S. thanks Central Boiler your stove is so efficient I now burn 100% less wood than before.
Date created: 2016-05-18
Name: S. Hanson
Location: Newfolden, MN
I previously burned an E-Classic 2300 since 2008 and thought it worked well. I loved that it burned less wood. Last fall, I learned that Central Boiler had something new available that would allow me to watch my boiler water on any internet device like my iPhone. However, although it's available for most of the E-Classics and Edges it was not available for mine since I had a very early model without the current digital controller. Last fall, I decided to sell my old E-Classic 2300 to a neighbor and bought the new Edge-750 model so I could put the FireStar XP on it and monitor my furnace while I'm at work. I love it! The Edge is a little less maintenance, burns less wood and I love being able to watch my boiler water temperature whenever I wish. Especially when I need peace of mind on those -20 f winter days in Minnesota. No more wondering when I need to go out and put more wood in on Sunday evening when I'm feeling lazy. A few of my buddies that burn Central Boiler Classics are jealous of me at work when they see me watching my furnace. They both are talking about upgrading this winter as well. They also would like to burn less wood so it makes sense. Now burning wood is not only saving me money but is kind of fun as well. I'm very pleased with my Edge-750.
Date created: 2016-03-27
Name: Larry Bauman
Location: Ste Genevieve, MO
"Classic Edge 750"
I operated an E-Classic 1400 for 3 years, an E-Classic 1450 for 3 years, and now I have been operating a Classic Edge 750 since October 2015. The 750 is much easier to operate and is more user friendly. The pump location and cleanout is much handier and easier to access, the solenoids and air box are much handier to service, the larger air tubes on the side of the furnace are also a big improvement from earlier E-Classic models. I am well satisfied with the Classic Edge 750.
Date created: 2015-06-23
Location: franklin furnace , OHIO
"my wood fueled boiler"
I have owned this boiler for close to 2 years now. I absolutely love it , it accepts very large pieces of wood so that's less cutting for me. It also moved the smoke smell and mess of wood heat outside, so I pretty much have all the great benefits of wood heat with out the main hassles that are normally associated with it. This stove has saved me at least 300 dollars per month for every winter month over the last 2 winters. It also heats my water, and as an added bonus we ran water lines through our driveway; I turn this on when it ices or snows and my driveway never needs shoveling. I have only experienced one minor problem with my Central Boiler system: the area near the top of the stove where the pipes come out gets very very hot, and this causes the paint to come off of it at least one or two times per year. I service this myself, it is not a hard task but it does need to be done to insure the stove continues to perform at its best and lasts for many years to come. So to sum this little review up, this stove is a low-maintenance, affordable way to get more heat at a lower cost. The money it saves you will pay for it in three years at the most. I would gladly recommend this stove to any and all folks in the market for a wood-fueled boiler
Date created: 2015-06-02
Location: Springfield, MO
"When Boilers Go Bad"
We've only had our boiler for a few months. The previous one that we owned went out and was no longer heating our home. After looking online at a few different websites and manufacturers, and determining which one would be best for the money, we opted to select the Classic Edge 550 model. I really enjoy the color options that were available, as opposed to having one that sticks out and is apparent for others to see, it was able to blend in with our home using the camouflage color. Our utility bill has gone up quite a bit since purchasing the 550, but it is also more efficiently heating our home and providing better control than our previous boiler did. We have not had to repair or replace it as of yet, and I would purchase the same brand again, and recommend it to a friend if they could afford the item.
Other Classic Edge Reviews
A post on hearth.com from a homeowner asking for opinions about the Classic Edge found many replies from people with complaints about the unit, including how to clean it. Most of these people, however, have only seen it and do not own one. On arboristsite.com, a member who saw a display of the Classic Edge said it looked like a good unit. Replies included another member who'd seen a display at a fair and agreed that the unit seemed good, but again there were no comments from anyone who actually owned one.
Classic Edge Warranty
Product registration is required for maximum warranty coverage. The warranty for the Central Boiler Classic Edge 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 ten (10) 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.