Freddy wrote:The AHS 130 and Axeman Anderson cost a bit more because they are built different. The internal blower that makes them self cleaning is not a feature of others that I know of. I just ordered an Axeman Anderson but I debated long and hard before doing so. The one thing that steered me away from the AHS is the fact that they are not approved by a UL type company. The state of Maine wants to see an approval tag of some sort. AHS is working on getting it, but hasn't jumped all the hoops as of yet.
Also, I wanted auger feed, with AHS it's an upgrade, with AA, it's built into the boiler.
Now that I've said that, since I ordered my AA, I have heard good things about the EFM. If I had known more, I might have given them more concideration. I don't think they have an internal blower, but sure look like a nice unit.
Freddy wrote: Yes, some boilers are more money...but...Gee.... We pay $25,000 for a car that will be a heap in 7 or 8 years, but when it comes to heating our house, we whine about an extra $2,000 for something that will just about last our lifetime?
I have never regretted buying an upgrade.....but I have regretted not.