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PLEASE HELP! Considering an OIL/Wood Furnace?
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Scott    Posted 10-31-2003 at 21:32:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am interested in buying a wood/oil combo furnace. I have it narrowed down to the Charmaster I or the Yukon - Eagle 1. I can only find a couple of posts about them. I am looking for any negative comments about them. I just can't find any information on the internet about them.


Dennis    Posted 01-25-2009 at 06:40:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I do not reccomend a YUkon furnace.I have a BIG JACK. I call it BIG JOKE. IT was 20 degres outside this morning 60 degrees inside . to dang cold after spending a lot of money on a YUKON BIG JOKE.. NO they cant tell me why it doesnt heat!!! I had 8 to 10 inches of red hot coals in the furnace no heat to the house.I would definately not BUY another. I hate to see anyone spend a lot of money just to be cold.


CK    Posted 03-05-2009 at 07:35:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a Bij Jack and it has heated my home really well for 10 years without sign of wear and tear on very little wood compared to the stove I used to have.


Yukon    Posted 02-06-2009 at 11:57:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yukon's are great furnaces that do exactly what they are supposed to do properly installed.


Dennis    Posted 03-05-2009 at 11:17:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thats what you told me also. Mine is properly installed. Piece of junk!!! I bought a Lil House wood furnace works great. The YUKON BIG JOKE big jack burned up a years supply of wood in one month the house was still cold. If you get one you will be cold!!!


Brian    Posted 01-07-2008 at 14:49:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Scott,
I have a Charmaster Wood Oil unit and never use the oil piece too expensive and a pain to keep going. The wood part of the charmaster is a dream I LOVE it. It is so simple and I really do show all my friends my cool furnace it saves me a ton of money and don;t ming feeding it twice a day here in northern VA. I like how i can still heat my house when we lose power. the only down side is I did have a chimney fire when I did not wuite clean it soon enough litterally the day I was going to clean it the chimeny caught fire. Scary but up and running again and love that Charmaster


john    Posted 12-29-2003 at 17:20:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i've had a yukon husky (now called eagle-1)oil/wood furnace for about 14 years. i HIGHLY recommend going with the yukon eagle. it's a quality built furnace. our house is ALWAYS warm. 72*- 75* easily. if the wood goes out the oil takes over. load it up around 11:00pm and it's good until about 7:00am.
on the negative side. i need to clean the horizontal portion of the flu pipe going to the chimmeny about once a month. the vertical portion stays clean for years. the furnace is twice the size i need for my house so the fire smolders alot if it's not very cold outside which builds up some creasote. not a big hassle. they made it very easy to clean.
i found if i use the oil a few mild days a month it keeps the oil burner chamber clean.
http://www.yukon-eagle.com/
good luck


Ludwig    Posted 11-01-2003 at 05:40:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
I guess I'm in agreement with the folks over at woodheat, wood is a great space heater, put a woodstove in a room where you need heat and it'll be great, attempt to use wood for distributed heat and it'll be a bother.
Back in the day my friend's parents had a wood/coal/oil furnace. Getting the wood fire going was a hassle and it was a bother going downstairs to reload it ever 2 or 3 hours when burning wood, but they burned nothing but pallets (hauled pallets home all summer) and considering the cost of the fuel it was probably worth it. Still they're house was always cold until they got a wood burning kitchen stove which kept everything nice and toasty.


BOSS    Posted 11-01-2003 at 04:16:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have Central Boiler and I love it!! only burns wood....and any other combustable thing you need to burn to produce heat.
I have found a problem in the hoses going to and from your house though. If they are out in the weather they will crack. It took about 2 years to crack. I am going to fix 2 sections of mine today. Not a big job, but I wish someone would have told me. They are about 3 foot each. easy to do, but one of those wet jobs.
And it takes aboput a season to really figure out how the wood burns. Onced you havew that figured out, you got it made.


BEEN THERE    Posted 11-01-2003 at 03:07:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
PROBLEM, most Gas or oil fired units have a flame out senser,if You burn wood that is not absolutely bone dry, soot will build up on the senser and it will not allow the oil/gas burner to function. Have such a unit, gave up ever using the gas side,just a BIG waste of money that detracts from efficiency of the wood side.


Rustybones    Posted 11-01-2003 at 03:48:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have had both. We have also given up on both. We are now using a CORN BURNING stove. Might want to check them out. Ours is a St. Croix
WWW.eventempine.com


deadcarp    Posted 11-01-2003 at 07:41:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
they couldn't (didn't want to - understandably) make a boiler to fit my hole at the time, but the guy at charmaster couldn't have been more helpful - he let me wander around his place for a long time, answered questions and i finally welded up a boiler that fit the hole and incorporates a lot of charmaster features. after 7 seasons of use, i'd call it a good unit and darn good folks to deal with. you walk in there and they only care about heating your place - they have a real handy log fork too! :)


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