davemich wrote:What kind of furnace is it? Brand name?
It's a Van Wert, they've been out of business for quite a few years now. I think the one we got may have been one lasts ones produced. Keystoker and EFM still make similar models. I don't think Harman has anything in there line quite the same.
Groucho wrote:A little P.M. goes a long way and it's cheaper than buying new every year or so.
Actually that's what running the furnace year round in my case is. It does a lot more than prevent the pipes from getting screwed up, there's many internal moving parts plus it's a boiler and the seals tend to leak if you don't keep it running. As I said it actually saves money because it heating the hot water anyway.
For the smaller stokers which many use here this is obviously not an option.