hcarlow wrote:I am sure glad I didn't go that route . Two of the dealers in my area no longer sell them ,I would guess due to them not lasting very long. I wonder why they rot out so fast as my indoor wood boiler was 20 plus years old when I sold it and still going strong last I knew . The plumber I use has put many of the newyorker wood boilers in and said they can last about 25 to 30 yrs. . The ironic thing is he is now taking many of them out as people are going to coal or wood pellets , mostly wood pellets here in my area . We have a very good Harman dealer here with a great reputation . My plumber has a Harman pellet furnace and loves it .
The key word is BOILER ,most outdoor wood burners are not boilers,most are an open system which allows oxygen into the water,therefore rust is common from within the tank.Boiler has a sealed system,no matter the fuel used,we have our OWB in constant use since 9/2006 non-boiler,30-50 cords a yr. heating 4000 sq.ft = 2 houses & shop,& DHW, our OWB now has a small water leak.Knowing what i do now,i would never go with a non-boiler again,of course knowing what i know now,i wouldn't go WOOD = WORK,WORK.......!!!! BUT we would probably have spent 12-15 K on oil,instead we spend 2500 + yr. plus all the WORK.