The 5 Best Wood Furnaces | Rated & Reviewed | FurnaceCompare® (2022)

FurnaceCompare has collected more than 925 reviews of 75 different series of wood furnaces, sold by more than 30 brands. Our team found the 5 best wood furnaces:

  • Crown Royal Pristine Wood Furnace
  • HeatMaster G Series Wood Furnace
  • HeatMaster MF eSeries Wood Furnace
  • Natures Comfort NCB-G Wood Furnace
  • Polar Furnace G-Class Wood Furnace

Top 3 Wood Furnaces

Best Overall

1. Crown Royal Pristine Wood Furnace

Consumer Rating

4.8 rating

  • Improved Energy Efficiency
  • Easy Cleaning
  • 20-year Limited Warranty

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Best Value

2. HeatMaster G Series Wood Furnace

Consumer Rating

4.6 rating

  • Clean Burning
  • Easy Installation
  • Lifetime Workmanship Warranty

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Most Versatile

3. HeatMaster MF eSeries Wood Furnace

Consumer Rating

4.7 rating

  • Multi-Fuel Capability
  • High Heating Output
  • Lifetime Workmanship Warranty

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The list below represents the top-rated wood furnaces available for sale in the US and Canada.

Methodology

Consumers and homeowners have submitted thousands of reviews to FurnaceCompare.com. In addition to reviewing a particular model of equipment, the reviewer also assigns a rating from 1 (“Very Unsatisfied”) to 5 (“Very Satisfied”). The following list ranks the top 5 wood furnace series from lowest to highest, based on the average of those consumer satisfaction ratings.

FurnaceCompare.com has collected reviews on more than 30 different brands and 60 different series of wood furnaces. However, we have only included a series on this list if we have at least 5 reviews of that series, and if the series is available in 2020. If we only have a few reviews, there is a risk that a single homeowner will skew the average rating too far in one direction or another.

Pricing

The prices displayed are in US dollars, and are the pricing for the smallest (lowest capacity) units that we found for each series online.

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Detailed Notes on the Best Wood Furnaces

1

Crown Royal Pristine Wood Furnace

Questions about this model?

Constructed with a stainless steel firebox and water jacket, The Crown Royal Pristine series is an EPA phase-2 certified down draft gasification furnace. The Pristine offers improved burning efficiency, easy cleaning and maintenance, automatic re-firing, reduced carbon footprint, reduced smoke, and improved energy efficiency. In addition Pristine series features a large Firebox door, an insulated rear door, a firebrick refractory for heat efficiency, and a water level indicator to measure water levels for better management.

  • Consumer Rating

    4.8 rating

    4.8

  • Efficiency

    Up to 99%

  • Cost

    Starting at $10,779

Pros

  • One reviewer praised the energy efficiency of the furnace and commented on how it lowered their monthly energy bills.
  • One reviewer commented that the reason they chose this particular furnace was because they could place the furnace outside of the house and it would make cleaning easier.
  • Several reviewers stated that the furnace heats their houses very well even in very cold weather
  • Several reviewers praised the great customer service provided by Crown Royal Stoves when they had issues with the unit or with installation and needed assistance.
  • Several reviewers stated that the Pristine heats better and burns ess wood than previous models they owned.

Cons

  • Several reviewers complained that there was a design flaw with the zone pump that pushes water from the furnace to the rest of the house and that the solution was to install a bigger pump to improve the efficiency of the furnace.
  • One reviewer commented that the fiberglass insulation at the back was not very good as it needs to be removed when cleaning the unit.

Crown Royal offers an extended 20-year limited warranty on all stoves they manufacture.

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2

HeatMaster G Series Wood Furnace

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Designed for both indoor and outdoor installation, the HeatMaster G series is a gasification wood furnace. The unit is built for low maintenance. It has a capacity range from 100 to 250 gallons depending on model size and up to 350,000 BTU heating capability. The unity also features heavy duty multi-layer insulation and is constructed of 409 stainless steel. The unit offers safety features like an insulated rear hinged-door and a dual firebox latch.

  • Consumer Rating

    4.6 rating

    4.6

  • Efficiency

    Up to 85%

  • Cost

    Starting at $8,495

Pros

  • One reviewer commented that there was no smoke seen coming from the furnace.
  • Several reviewers commented that the HeatMaster is reliable and easy to install, maintain, and clean.
  • Several owners praised the decrease in energy costs.
  • One reviewer complemented the customer service he received from HeatMaster.
  • One reviewer praised the HeatMaster furnace for providing hot shower water in a house with over 5 people during the winter.

Cons

  • One reviewer complained that the blower is flimsy and if creosote collects in it, the motor breaks.
  • One reviewer complained that the rear door is quite heavy and requires more than one person to maneuver it during cleaning of the unit.

HeatMaster offers a lifetime Workmanship and Corrosion warranty on the G series models.

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3

HeatMaster MF eSeries Wood Furnace

Questions about this model?

The HeatMaster MF eSeries is an outdoor multi-fuel furnace with capabilities of heating both wood, coal, and any other type of biomass. The MF eSeries has a water capacity ranging from 130 to 555 gallons depending on model type and up to 800,000 BTU heating output. It is manufactured from 409 stainless steel and features heavy duty double wall insulation, a dual firebox door latch and large round firebox. The units come with additional features such as an additional heat exchanger pass and an optional secondary air injection, which allow the units to burn 20-30% less wood than the regular MF series.

The MF eSeries offers a lifetime warranty against defects in workmanship and material of the firebox and water jacket, pro-rated after 5 years. In addition, HeatMaster offers a 5-year warranty on grates and firebox door, a 1-year warranty against ash pan corrosion, and a 10-year pro-rated warranty on all steel components. The water must be tested yearly to qualify for the warranties.

  • Consumer Rating

    4.7 rating

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    4.7

  • Efficiency

    n/a

  • Cost

    Starting at $6,495

Pros

  • One reviewer praised the consumption capabilities of the furnace as it can burn both green and wet wood very efficiently.
  • Several owners remarked that the eSeries is easy to clean, maintain, and operate.

Cons

  • One reviewer complained that the temperature sensor is not well lit and requires the viewer to use a flashlight to read it.
  • One reviewer commented that the door should be larger as it would facilitate cleaning and maintenance.

The MF eSeries offers a lifetime warranty against defects in workmanship and material of the firebox and water jacket, pro-rated after 5 years. In addition, HeatMaster offers a 5-year warranty on grates and firebox door, a 1-year warranty against ash pan corrosion, and a 10-year pro-rated warranty on all steel components. The water must be tested yearly to qualify for the warranties.

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4

Natures Comfort NCB-G Wood Furnace

Questions about this model?

The NCB-G features an updraft gasification design which provides boost air for cleaner burning. It has a 1/4″ thick firebox and a 3/16″ thick 7 gauge water jacket, and is designed to enable idling for summer use.

The Nature’s Comfort NCB-G wood furnace is rated to more than 78% efficiency. It has a heating capacity of up to 500,000 BTU, depending on model type. Each unit comes with a built-in ash pan, easy-to-operate controls with a pump, blower, and aquastat. The units are corrosion protected by a powder coat finish.

  • Consumer Rating

    4.2 rating

    4.2

  • Efficiency

    Up to 78%

  • Cost

    Starting at $8,480

Pros

  • One owner stated that the NCB-G is easy to operate.
  • One reviewer stated that the 325g model has a cleaner and more efficient burn than a central boiler.
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Cons

  • One reviewer complained that in a house with more than 3 people, the furnace did not heat enough and does not stand up to the claims of 24 to 36 hour burn time.
  • One reviewer complained that the customer service was not helpful

Nature’s Comfort NCB-G offers a 20-year material and labor warranty on the fire drum (prorated after 5th year). In addition a 10-year warranty on the water jacket (prorated after 5 years) and a 1-year warranty on other components are also offered.

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5

Polar Furnace G-Class Wood Furnace

Questions about this model?

The Polar G-Glass is an outdoor downdraft gasification wood furnace, with a combustion efficiency as high as 99.5%. The company has included a patent-pending cleaning system, to make daily cleaning quick. The company claims to have simplified installation as well, reducing costs to the homeowner.

The Polar G-Glass is an outdoor downdraft gasification wood furnace, with a combustion efficiency as high as 99.5%. The company has included a patent-pending cleaning system, to make daily cleaning quick. The company claims to have simplified installation as well, reducing costs to the homeowner. The units also come with a smoke X-tract system that prevents smoke from coming to your face and a STRONGWALL system that prevents creosote and condensation from causing corrosion in your fire chamber.

  • Consumer Rating

    4.0 rating

    4

  • Efficiency

    Up to 99.5%

  • Cost

    Starting at $7,866

Pros

  • Several reviewers stated that their energy consumption was very low because of the furnace.
  • Several owners stated that the unit is easy to clean and maintain.
  • Several reviewers stated that the unit stays very clean by itself

Cons

  • One reviewer complained that his 4-year old unit has an irreparable water leak.
  • One reviewer complained that the customer service is not good and when his unit had issues, they would not provide any support.

The Polar Furnace comes with a 15-year limited warranty. In addition, the Polar Furnace also comes with a 4-year leak repair coverage, and a 1-year total coverage on all repairs and maintenance costs.

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FAQs

Who makes a good wood furnace? ›

Our team found the 5 best wood furnaces: Crown Royal Pristine Wood Furnace. HeatMaster G Series Wood Furnace. HeatMaster MF eSeries Wood Furnace.

What is the longest burning wood stove? ›

Longest Burning Wood Stoves, Insert, & Fireplaces

Typically catalytic or hybrid wood stoves produce the longest burn times. Catalytic stoves and inserts produce long-term stable heat outputs due to their design and the nature of a catalytic combustor.

What is the most efficient wood burning fireplace? ›

Best Wood Fireplace Insert

One of the most popular inserts is the Osburn Matrix 2700, which carries an EPA-certified efficiency rating of 74% for exceptional reliability. It can sustain a fire for up to eight hours for lasting comfort in an area between 750 and 2200 square feet.

What is the cleanest burning wood stove? ›

The Cape Cod™ is Lopi's "Super Stove" boasting 80% efficiency (HHV, using B415 test) and 0.45 grams per hour, making it the cleanest burning wood stove as tested on the U.S. market. This stove features a massive firebox and convection heat exchanger and is designed to be durable and attractive in cast iron.

What should I look for when buying a wood heater? ›

Checklist: What to know when buying a wood heater
  • What is the size of the area you need to heat?
  • Is your house single or double story?
  • What are the ceiling heights?
  • What type of flooring do you have?
  • Have you an idea on where the heater will be installed?
  • Is there a power point nearby?

What is the top rated furnace manufacturer? ›

5 best furnace brands
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  • Lennox. Image source: Lennox. ...
  • Rheem. Image source: Rheem. ...
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  • The warranty. ...
  • Energy-efficient options. ...
  • Features.
2 May 2022

How much does a new wood furnace cost? ›

Wood furnace prices typically range between $2,620.99 and $12,494.97, depending on the type you select. For example, wood boiler costs seem to fall in the middle, with unit pricing starting at $5,260.00.

How long does a wood furnace last? ›

With the proper care, the average lifespan of wood-burning stoves is 10 to 15 years, so it's important to understand the warning signs your stove is aging and should be replaced. Read on as we detail these signs as well as how to replace a wood-burning stove.

What wood burns hottest and longest? ›

Hickory Burns The Longest

Hickory is the densest of our hardwood list, burns hotter than oak and maple, and burns the longest on this list. You can start a fire with hickory, get a nice bed of coals going, and let it burn through the night.

What is the hottest firewood? ›

Most oak trees put off a ton of heat when they burn, but the white oak is at the top of the list with an astounding 30.7 million BTUs of heat per cord of wood.

How many bags of pellets equal a cord of wood? ›

A: Pellets are normally sold in 40 pound (18 kg) bags. You can estimate how much fuel you will need for a heating season by noting that one ton of pellets is equivalent to approximately 1.5 cords of firewood. Many homeowners who use a pellet stove as a main source of heat use two to three tons of pellet fuel per year.

What wood burns the slowest in a fireplace? ›

Dense, properly seasoned hardwoods burn the slowest and longest because there is more wood packed into every square inch, so it takes longer for the fire to get through. Oak, maple, ash, hickory, cherry, apple, hornbeam, walnut, hawthorn, and Osage orange trees are the slowest burning firewoods.

What type of firewood burns the slowest? ›

Oak. Oak is the slowest wood to season, at approximately 2.5cm a year and ideally should be seasoned for a minimum of two years. Because of its density, it is a wood that's slow to burn as firewood and is best used in a mix of faster-burning logs. This wood can help to keep the fire burning at night if required.

Should you close glass doors on fireplace? ›

The doors should always be fully open or fully closed. Glass doors should be fully open when starting a fire and when the fire is burning strongly. The glass doors should be closed as the fire dies down to minimize the amount of room air going up the fireplace chimney.

What should you not burn in a wood stove? ›

What Can I Burn in My Fireplace or Wood Stove?
  • Cardboard in all forms (including pizza, cereal, and shipping boxes) should never be burned in your fireplace. ...
  • Magazines & Wrapping Paper. ...
  • Dryer Lint. ...
  • Fire Accelerant & Lighter Fluid. ...
  • Incorrect Types of Wood.
18 Nov 2014

What is the most eco friendly fuel for a wood burning stove? ›

Generally, seasoned wood is seen as the most environmentally-friendly fuel and therefore the one that is the most widely-reccommended. However, it's important to use only dry wood, which should contain 20% moisture or less. Smokeless coal fuels will produce much less air pollution than regular “house coal”.

Is there a healthy wood burning stove? ›

Catalyst by MF Fire is the safest, most efficient wood stove on the market today. It was created with wood stove safety in mind to eliminate the risks of traditional wood stoves, while simultaneously delivering the best experience ever: a modern, clean, safe, and efficient wood burning stove.

What wood puts off the most BTUs? ›

Which Types of Firewood Burn The Hottest?
  • Osage orange, 32.9 BTUs per cord.
  • Shagbark hickory, 27.7 BTUs per cord.
  • Eastern hornbeam, 27.1 BTUs per cord.
  • Black birch, 26.8 BTUs per cord.
  • Black locust, 26.8 BTUs per cord.
  • Blue beech, 26.8 BTUs per cord.
  • Ironwood, 26.8 BTUs per cord.
  • Bitternut hickory, 26.5 BTUs per cord.
21 Feb 2017

How many cords of wood should I buy for the winter? ›

“The standard rule of thumb is that a 1,000-square-foot home will use three cords of wood for a season,” she says. “If your wood burning stove is super high-efficiency, or if you live in a more moderate climate, you may need less.” Firewood is measured in cords.

How do I keep my wood heater burning all night? ›

In order to burn all night, you will need to make sure there is enough oxygen in your wood burning heater. Open the air inlets on your wood burning heater, to the maximum intake, for 10 - 30 minutes. Once your large logs have formed a black ash around the bark, slowly begin to close the air inlet.

What is the most cost effective furnace? ›

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System TypeEfficiencySystem Cost
Standard Heat Pump13 - 15 EER$2,300 - $6,300
Gas Furnace95% - 98.7% AFUE$2,800 to $4,500
Gas Boiler95% - 98%$3,000 to $9,700
(1) The annual operating costs are for a moderately cold climate.
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31 Aug 2022

Which machine is the highest tier furnace? ›

Explanation: The Induction Furnace is an advanced version of the Electric Furnace. It has the ability to process 2 stacks of items simultaneously.

Are wood burning stoves going to be phased out? ›

The answer is no, as long as the stove being purchased is an Ecodesign model or was manufactured before the 1st January 2022. All stoves on sale will have to meet one of these criteria. So you will be able to purchase and use a wood burning or multi-fuel stove in 2022 and beyond.

How many BTU wood furnace do I need? ›

If you want to be exact, and you can probably tell this by glancing at the chart, multiply the square footage of your home by 30: Square feet x 30 BTUs per square foot = wood stove BTUs needed. For example, a 1,000 square foot home x 30 = 30,000 BTUs.

How much does it cost to replace a furnace for a 2000 sq ft house? ›

For a 2,000-square-foot home, it'll cost around $3,300 for a new furnace based on total square footage and BTU rating.

Is it cheaper to burn wood or put the heating on? ›

In fact, it means that a wood burning stove costs about a third of the price of electric heating and approximately 13% less than gas central heating for the average household.

How far does a wood furnace need to be from a house? ›

The Central Boiler outdoor furnace is located outside, typically 30 to 200 feet (but as far as 500 feet) away from your home or building, and works with any existing heating system.

Will I still be able to use my log burner after 2022? ›

Can I still use my wood burning stove from 2022? The answer is yes! This is a question that gets asked a lot, and it's easy to misread some of the headlines about wood burners and think that it spells the end of the enjoyment of owning a wood burner.

What is the most difficult wood to burn? ›

Maple is a deciduous hardwood tree that has above average heating values. It can be a difficult tree to split into manageable size logs but, once it is, it will create efficient and hot burning firewood. Like the oak, it can be difficult to get a fire started using maple.
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What wood is toxic burning? ›

Poisonous Wood

Burning poison oak, poison ivy, poison sumac and poisonwood creates smoke with irritant oils that can cause severe breathing problems and eye irritation.

Is it cheaper to burn wood or pellets? ›

Pellets are slightly higher in price per year, though they burn longer than wood. In either case, according to the Department of Energy, you should expect to pay about $190 for a cord of wood or ton of pellets (at 6.5 cords or 7.5 tons of pellets per season, factoring in that a ton equals 1.5 cords).

How long will a 40 lb bag of wood pellets burn? ›

Q: How long does one bag of pellets last? A: According to the Pellet Fuels Institute, a 40-lb bag of pellet fuel can provide up to 24 hours of solid heat. A winter's supply of wood pellets is about 100-150 bags—depending on climatic and lifestyle variations.

Does a pellet stove use a lot of electricity? ›

Do Pellet Stoves Use A Lot Of Electricity? Pellet stoves can use on average just over 100W of energy during normal use but up to 500W during ignition of a fire. A pellet stove can use on average 1kWh of energy per day if used for 8 straight hours.

Are wood burning furnaces worth it? ›

Although the initial investment can be high, an outdoor wood furnace can eliminate your monthly heating bill. Heating with firewood can be very enjoyable, but after sweeping your floor 3 times a day and filling the wood stove with firewood every 4 hours, you may be searching for an easier option.

How much does a new wood furnace cost? ›

Wood furnace prices typically range between $2,620.99 and $12,494.97, depending on the type you select. For example, wood boiler costs seem to fall in the middle, with unit pricing starting at $5,260.00.

How long do wood burning furnaces last? ›

With the proper care, the average lifespan of wood-burning stoves is 10 to 15 years, so it's important to understand the warning signs your stove is aging and should be replaced. Read on as we detail these signs as well as how to replace a wood-burning stove.

How much does it cost to put in a wood furnace? ›

Or wood stoves can be used to supplement other heating sources. The cost of an installed wood stove starts around $1,500 and can get as high as about $5,000. The average wood stove will cost from $3,000 to $3,500, installed.
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How Much Does Installing A Wood Stove Cost?
Average Wood Stove Installation Cost
Lowest Cost$1,500
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Are wood burning stoves going to be phased out? ›

The answer is no, as long as the stove being purchased is an Ecodesign model or was manufactured before the 1st January 2022. All stoves on sale will have to meet one of these criteria. So you will be able to purchase and use a wood burning or multi-fuel stove in 2022 and beyond.

Are wood stoves tax deductible? ›

The U.S. federal government offers a tax credit to tax-paying homeowners who purchase a wood or pellet stove that is at least 75 percent efficient. Tax credits are powerful incentives for consumers to invest in new biomass-fueled stoves and energy conservation technology.

Will wood burning stoves be obsolete? ›

There's no need to panic, wood burning stoves will not be banned. You can still use your old stove. New regulations come into force in 2022. You can buy a new highly efficient, clean burning stove now.

How many BTU wood furnace do I need? ›

If you want to be exact, and you can probably tell this by glancing at the chart, multiply the square footage of your home by 30: Square feet x 30 BTUs per square foot = wood stove BTUs needed. For example, a 1,000 square foot home x 30 = 30,000 BTUs.

How much does it cost to replace a furnace for a 2000 sq ft house? ›

For a 2,000-square-foot home, it'll cost around $3,300 for a new furnace based on total square footage and BTU rating.

How far does a wood furnace need to be from a house? ›

The Central Boiler outdoor furnace is located outside, typically 30 to 200 feet (but as far as 500 feet) away from your home or building, and works with any existing heating system.

Which furnace lasts the longest? ›

A well-maintained furnace will last for 15 to 20 years.

In general, oil-fueled furnaces have the longest life expectancy, and gas-fired furnaces have the shortest.

How do I keep my wood furnace burning all night? ›

In order to burn all night, you will need to make sure there is enough oxygen in your wood burning heater. Open the air inlets on your wood burning heater, to the maximum intake, for 10 - 30 minutes. Once your large logs have formed a black ash around the bark, slowly begin to close the air inlet.

How do I keep my wood furnace going all night? ›

How To Keep a Wood Stove Burning All Night
  1. Rake the charcoal towards the front of the wood stove.
  2. Place five to seven large logs in a tight formation behind the coals.
  3. Shut the door and enjoy.
1 Aug 2018

Is it cheaper to burn wood or put the heating on? ›

In fact, it means that a wood burning stove costs about a third of the price of electric heating and approximately 13% less than gas central heating for the average household.

Is burning wood cheaper than electric? ›

Wood burners can cut a home's heating bill by 10pc, according to the Energy Saving Trust. Running costs for an average household are a third of electric heating bills and 13pc less than gas central heating, according to the Stove Industry Alliance. The savings will widen if other fuel prices continue to rise.

How much does it cost to heat 2000 sq ft of wood? ›

A 2,000 square foot two-story house will require between 4 and 6 cords of firewood (approximately 500 to 775 cubic feet) to keep comfortably warm throughout the typical cold weather seasons.

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