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Top 5 Wood Furnaces of 2016

Updated: Oct. 25, 2016

FurnaceCompare tracks more than 60 series of wood furnaces. Of those sold in 2016, which are most highly rated by homeowners?

The list below represents the top-rated wood furnaces available for sale in the US and Canada.

Rank Brand and Series Consumer Rating Efficiency Average Pricing
5. Central Boiler Classic 3.6 out of 5 n/a starting at $5,490
The Central Boiler Classic features an ergonomically designed large insulated cast iron door for easy loading and increased efficiency. A water-filled HeatLock baffle traps heat in the firebox and will not warp or burn out, and spray-on insulation forms an air-tight seal around the unit's high-capacity water jacket. Due to changes in EPA standards, in the U.S. the Classic is now available only for non-residential applications.
4. Hawken Energy HE 3.9 out of 5 n/a starting at $6,489
The Hawken Energy HE has a water capacity ranging from 150 to 368 gallons, with a water jacket that completely encircles the structural steel firebox. It features a large wood loading door and an easy access back door, with an automatic forced draft fan to provide faster heat.
3. Nature's Comfort NCB 4 out of 5 up to 75% starting at $5,280
The Nature's Comfort NCB has a heat output ranging from 2,000 square feet to 6,000 square feet and is designed to enable idling for summer use. It features a 1/4" thick firebox, a 7 gauge water jacket, a 6-inch chimney and a built-in ash pan for easy cleaning.
2. Nature's Comfort NCB-G 4.2 out of 5 up to 78% starting at $8,480
The NCB-G features an updraft gasification design which provides boost air for cleaner burning. It has a 1/4" thick firebox and a 3/16" thick 7 gauge water jacket, and is designed to enable idling for summer use.
1. HeatMaster G Series 5 out of 5 up to 85% starting at $8,495
The G Series is constructed of titanium-enhanced, corrosion-resistant 409 stainless steel for improved durability and heat transfer, with a round firebox which provides greater strength with fewer welds. G Series furnaces are safe and clean enough to be installed in a garage or small outbuilding.

Methodology

Consumers and homeowners have submitted thousands of reviews to FurnaceCompare.com. In addition to reviewing a particular model of equipment, the reviewer also assigns a rating from 1 ("Very Unsatisfied") to 5 ("Very Satisfied"). The following list ranks the top 5 wood furnace series from lowest to highest, based on the average of those consumer satisfaction ratings.

FurnaceCompare.com has collected reviews on more than 30 different brands and 60 different series of wood furnaces. However, we have only included a series on this list if we have at least 5 reviews of that series, and if the series is available in 2016. If we only have a few reviews, there is a risk that a single homeowner will skew the average rating too far in one direction or another.

Pricing

The prices displayed are in US dollars, and are the pricing for the smallest (lowest capacity) units that we found for each series online.

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