Here are some comparitive pictures of the Ashley 24AF and the Clayton 1600 furnaces from United States Stove Company. Is there any special design modifications which anyone has done to these furnaces or would like to see done from the factory, that owns or has operated one of these furnaces, to make them better performers?The Ashley 24AF and the Clayton 1600 sise by side. The Ashley 24AF firebox. The Clayton 1600 firebox. The fireboxes side by side. The rear view of the Clayton and the Ashley 24AF.
They both have a domestic hot water coil option available from Hilkoil http://www.hilkoil.com. and are priced very close from USSC http://www.usstove.com. The Clayton has a fully insulated jacket, while the Ashley does not. The Clayton has a firebrick lined secondary heat exchanger and the Ashly is plate steel. The draft fan option in standard with the Clayton 1600G and it is an added option to the Ashley 24AF. The Flue exists the top on the Clayton and the rear on the Ashley. There are six firebricks deep on the Clayton and five firebricks deep on the Ahsley. The grates on the Clayton rock back and forth, while the Ashly turns side to side. The Ashley has a unique pressure flap designed into the cast iron feed door, while the Clayton is a solid cast iron door.
So, I was just wondering how well these units compare to each other, being they are very close in price point after all the options are purchased.