Earth Rancher Wood Furnace Overview

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.

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Consumer Reviews of Earth Rancher

2.3

  • Very Satisfied
    5
  • Somewhat Satisfied
    0
  • Neutral
    0
  • Somewhat Unsatisfied
    1
  • Very Unsatisfied
    10
  • #3 of 4 Earth Wood Furnaces
  • 31.25% of customers recommended

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"Junk"

1.0 rating
Very Unsatisfied

Going on my fourth year with this stove and just welded on the top right corner where the fire box meets the water jacket for the third time. Three different spots have been leaking. I wouldn't recommend this to my worst enemy. Save the time and money and go buy a central boiler.

Bob

Illinois

"Cracked door and leaks water"

1.0 rating
Very Unsatisfied

OK so I bought this Earth outdoor wood furnace back in August 2010 and all four corners of the door have cracked and are leaking water. I welded them back myself but one still leaks water. The reason I welded the cracks is I knew they would come up with a reason why they wouldn't fix it. What's funny is when the guy came to install it I was never told about the warranty of the stove and what kind of chemicals to put in it or anything. Now I know for a fact putting chemicals in my stove wouldn't have stopped my doors from cracking. Now let me tell you the whole story – I had one before I bought this stove, both from the same company. What happened to it was a big tree fell on it and my house. All it did to my stove was cosmetic damage so I called the installer where I live and told him what happened and he was going to bring me another one. So here I am driving through the town I live in and see him with my first stove that the tree fell on sitting on his trailer. Long story short, the stove wasn't his to take so I had to pay someone to unloaded it, then I get home and there set my new stove but the wrong color that I asked for. Then he tried to charge me like 3.000 dollars just to hook up to water lines not counting what I paid for the stove. I paid cash for the second stove. The first stove I was making payments on but stopped making payments for all the bulls*** I had to go through with this installer. The point is here I got a 6 year old stove with cracks on all four corners of the door and I know for a fact it wasn't caused by not putting chemicals in the stove, which I have. And what's funny when you buy theses stoves, you are never given any paper work on how to keep the stove well maintained or any warranty papers.

kevin

Rolla, MO

"4 seasons & I've gone thru 2 Doors & 1 Smoke Stack & mountains of wood!"

1.0 rating
Very Unsatisfied

If you're thinking about an EARTH boiler you need info from someone who has actually USED one, not people who have one waiting to be hooked up but it looks great sitting in their yard. Or someone who just lit theirs 2 weeks ago. SO… here goes. I've used my Rancher 365 for 4 seasons so far. I'm trying to get it ready for season #5. First off, let me say that mine does heat my house of close to 5000 sq ft (not properly insulated yet) pretty well. In our coldest part of winter in IN I do have to be very religious about stuffing every ounce of wood I can get in the boiler every 12 hours or the fire goes completely out. I work 12 hour days so some days it sucks when I get home. Second, let me say that mine does reach 180 degrees and shut off, no problem. So anyway… I got the boiler installed and fired it up. Right off the bat the air damper was sticking closed once the boiler shut down. I knew this was due to burning green/wet wood… as soon as the water gets to temperature (165-180 degrees) and the blower stops, the damper closes and the fire goes out. As the inside of the firebox begins to cool, the moisture in the air inside the box, from the green/wet wood, cools also, which condensates first on the damper flap. This is because it's the coolest piece of metal (there is nothing on the other side except cold winter air). The moist air is full of creosote and that's what glues the damper closed. I stuck a paper clip on the edge of the damper tube so the damper won't completely lay flat against the lip. This helps significantly but allows the embers in the fire to keep smoldering a bit. This wastes wood and makes smoke. Also the first season the heat shield they put inside the door began to warp and pop the welds off that held it on the door. That heat shield also has a 4" square pipe welded to it which surrounds and covers the 2" damper pipe and keeps wood from falling on top of the damper (without it the damper would be blocked by any wood falling on it). When air is blown in by the blower thru the 2" pipe it creates a venturi effect which sucks air from the firebox around all 4 sides of the heat shield and then thru the 4" pipe surrounding the 2" damper pipe. The air being sucked around the heat shield is supposed to preheat the cold air from outside so you get a better burn. However, that air in the firebox is the hottest air (probably even a lot of flames… we're talking major heat!) and it's drawn over the heat shield and warping it so badly it pops welds. After my 2nd season the heat shield was hanging by 1 corner and the 4" pipe was sitting on the 2" damper tube. I propped it up with a piece of gravel to get thru that season. The folks at EARTH said they would pay a welder with a credit card to fix it for me. Two problems with that… it was below zero, I was heating my house with it and I would have let the fire go out and cool down so it could be fixed… and also there are only 2 welders I know of around me out here in the country and neither accept credit cards. Oh, and another thing… the door isn't new anymore, remember, so there's no way to weld it without first taking the door off the boiler and cutting the remaining angle iron heat shield bracket off so they can clean the metal to make it weldable. There's also the fact that the shield plate would need to be flattened back out somehow. The EARTH people told me any good welder should be able to fix it in 30-45 minutes. In sub zero temps? On the boiler? Whatever. If their welder couldn't make it good enough on a bench, how the heck is someone else supposed to make it good enough after it's all warped to heck and covered with creosote? They blamed it on a new guy they had welding at the time mine was built. I eventually got them to ship me a new door. I got by with the door hanging by 1 corner the rest of that season but had the new door just in case. Next, I unpacked the new door to install it before the next season and found that they never even stove blacked it. It was as orange as rust could be. It didn't have the nice EARTH logo on it. It didn't have the holes drilled to mount the blower cover or anything. It was just a rusty mess! The worst part was that they now build it differently around the hinges and once I got it mounted it wouldn't close. So then I had to take it back off and get a right angle grinder and cut the hinge brackets on the boiler itself so the new door would close. Of course it was now only a couple weeks before I needed to light it again so the pressure was on to get it done. Remember I said they blamed it on that new welder? Not 3 weeks after I lit the boiler with the new door and once again the heat shield was warped and 1 corner popped off. Within the next month it was also hanging by 1 corner. Did they let that same welder wannabe make my 2nd door too? Guess what else… my neighbor took my trailer to Missouri and picked up 3 boilers when we bought them… mine, his, and 1 for a guy I work with. The guy I work with… his 1st door did the same thing as mine and they sent him a new door also. It didn't fit and he also cut his boiler with a grinder to make it fit. The other major thing to complain about is the fact that these things are so inefficient… I mean they are literally a big can with a stackpipe dropped half down inside… any wood burning anywhere near that stack and the fire just shoots right out the top… I mean it looks like a jet airplane with the afterburner on. And there is nothing you can do to prevent it. When the blower is on it is forcing air in which is forcing air out and the flames, and heat, go out with it. I've shot the top of my stack with an infrared thermometer, just for grins, and it was at 985 degrees. A ton of heat is lost out of that 6" pipe. I've often said that if I could catch that heat for just a few minutes my house would be plenty warm. Anyway, it has gotten so hot in the firebox that I now have a notch in the front of my stack inside the firebox from the heat literally burning the metal away as it is rushing into and up that stack. I would say it is at least a 3" notch now. My door is currently at a welder friend's shop. I'm not messing with the idiots at EARTH anymore. I am also going to have the welder repair my stackpipe and build a device of my own design to attempt to get more of the heat from my wood. The only question is whether I'll have enough room left after the modifications to put a sufficient amount of wood in there to heat the house. After this, if it doesn't do much better, I will junk my EARTH boiler. Oh, one more thing… With that short little smoke stack my firewood pile (mountain) caught fire twice last winter. I'm only guessing it's because of the notch I told you about that was burned in the bottom of the stack. It never happened the first 3 seasons. Anyway, I added 4 feet of stovepipe to the top and haven't had any recurrences. My boiler, woodpile and 3 beagles in a kennel would have been totally burned up that night if I didn't decide to go out and get my phone charger out of my car at midnight! If I lost all 3 of those things, which would I have missed the least? Hmmm! So, I'm sure by now you can guess, I would never spend the money to buy another EARTH boiler. I plan to keep heating with a boiler as I know it can be done better, just not with EARTH'S "pipe in a can" design. Good luck to all considering a boiler.

Jeff

Midstate in IN

"Chimney problems"

2.0 rating
Somewhat Unsatisfied

I bought a Rancher 365. I live in Connecticut. So far, the system is okay. It had issues with the flapper door sticking open and sticking closed. It also has a problem where the fan pushes the flame right up the chimney and will do so until you turn off the unit; by that time, you have a working chimney fire. It has happened several times with biting dry oak at 18-21 percent moisture content. I'm still working on fixing the issue where the fire keeps chasing the chimney. Overall, the boiler is built like a tank and I hope I can fix this issue. I'm not sure if I would buy another one at this point in time; it is my first season with it.

Dan

Connecticut

"365 rancher"

1.0 rating
Very Unsatisfied

I bought a rancher 365 — no one else had one around me. What I liked about them is that they offer the biggest door of all and a half-inch thick firebox. I fill it up once a day, and empty the ashes about every ten days. For the cost it's one of the cheapest priced wood boilers out there. They have put some good craftsmanship in their stoves. I have showed mine to several people that are now "Earth" people and they are satisfied.

Donnie hayes

Other Rancher Reviews

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.

Rancher Warranty

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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