2021 - Volume #45, Issue #1, Page #11[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Top-Loading Wood Furnaces
“We are the only manufacturers of our size that use an oxygen sensor,” Hoover says. With it the gas from the wood and oxygen are the same high temperature to get the right mix for a nearly perfect burn, no matter what kind of wood is used for fuel.
The burn is so complete that the smoke cools to 300 degrees and doesn’t soot up the stack.
The top-loading hopper is handy for businesses such as woodworking shops that can dump in loads of all sizes of scrap wood. Hoover and his business partner offer the furnace in three sizes. The smallest puts out 600,000 btu’s and sells for $19,000. Larger heaters that are ideal for manufacturing shops and greenhouses put out 1.2 million and 2.5 million btu’s. The largest heater weighs 18,000 lbs. and sells for $53,000. Hoover has shipped them on drop-deck lowboy trailers to other states and Canada.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Hoover Pump Works, 222 Conestoga Creek Rd., Ephrata, Penn. 17522 (ph 717 733-0630; Norm.email@example.com).
Alternate Heating Systems offers several models of coal burning furnaces.
“Anthracite coal burns clean naturally so it doesn’t need to gasify to burn clean. It’s much cleaner than wood,” says Jeff Gingerich, owner of Alternate Heating. The shiny, hard coal burns with no smoke and the boiler only needs to be cleaned annually.
It is designed and built well enough that he offers a lifetime warranty on the parts that move coal in and ash out.
For convenience, he offers two top-loading hopper models. When filled they last up to 30 days. The S130 holds nearly a ton of coal, heats 3,500 sq. ft., and costs $10,500. The S260 holds 1.75 tons of coal, heats 6,000 sq. ft. and costs $13,500. Both have large ash receptacles to hold the ash left after burning a hopper of coal, and only need to be emptied monthly.
Customers appreciate the once-a-month schedule and cost savings. Gingerich keeps a stockpile of coal for customers to purchase from him for $230/ton (btu’s equal to 300 gal. of propane). Large loads delivered cost $185/ton.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Alternate Heating, 2393 Little Egypt Rd., Harrisonville, Penn. 17228 (ph 717 987-0099; www.alternateheatingsystems.com; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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