A pellet furnace is designed to be a whole house heating system and comes in two types. There's the sort which is a large freestanding pellet stove and can be placed within the home, and the industrial looking units which are intended to replace oil or gas, can run hot air and water and are meant to live in the basement, utility room or outside the home. There is some overlap between the two styles.For information about furnace installation, go to Installing
Freestanding Pellet Stove Furnaces
Freestanding pellet furnaces are at the top end of the pellet stove ranges in terms of heat output and are not designed to heat water or be connected to heat ducting systems, (apart from the Bixby UBB and some Ecoteck stoves). They rely solely on placement within the home and their high capacity blowers to distribute the heat.
The models I have given here are those with a furnace-like design, but other stoves with a similar output can be more decorative. See "Best Pellet Stoves" and scroll down to the 'Over 50,000 btu.' section to find other high output units.
The hoppers on these model are designed to be hand filled.
The Kozi Shop Heater is a furnace style box, with a choice of a large or small viewing window. It produces 40,000 btu. and is capable of heating an area of 1,800 square feet. Maximum burn time is from 100 hours to 230 hours with extensions.
Kozi Shop Heater--- 40000 btu.
The Pelpro Home Heater is furnace styled, has a maximum heat output of 50,000 btu. and is able to heat an area of two thousand square feet. The large hopper enables a long burn between refills.
Pelpro Home Heater--- 50000 btu.
The Breckwell Big E is a no nonsense large heater. Available with a small window, it's called a furnace, and with a large window, it's a home heater. The hopper size can be extended to 350 lbs.
Breckwell Big E--------- 55000 btu.
The Englander Super 240, with its 240lb. furnace hopper capacity can burn for five days without refilling.
Englander Super 240 ------ 56000 btu.
The Enviro Omega is a high output multi fuel heater which needs little maintenance. Because of the burn pot cleaner, high ash fuels such as corn and grass pellets are no problem.
Enviro Omega ------------ 60000 btu.
The Seraph Genesis 108 multi-fuel corn and pellet furnace is a pedestal type with a cast iron door/viewing window incorporating a sunrise pattern. The solid state controller is programmable for any type of biomass fuel that can be fed through the stove.
Seraph Genesis 108 ---- 60000 btu.
The Bixby UBB produces 70,000 btu. and is rated to heat 3,000 square feet, an impressive output. By using an adapter, it's possible to connect this unit to an existing hot air ducting system.
Bixby UBB---------- 70000 btu.
The Enviro Maxx is probably the most powerful freestanding pellet heater available today. It has a vast heat output, is thermostat ready and remote control compatible.
Enviro Maxx ------------- 75000 btu.
If you're interested in the possibility of adding hot water capacity to your existing or new pellet stove by retrofitting a boiler kit for either domestic or boiler use, have a look at Crosslink Conversions LLC and visit the forum to see what others are saying and saving by using the Crosslink conversions system.
Utility Pellet Furnaces
Utility pellet furnaces are designed to be compatible with home air and water heating systems and to work just as an oil or gas furnace would. Delivery of pellets to the hopper can be automated, and pellets can be blown into a storage area from a delivery tanker.
These unit start at an output of about 60,000 btu. so you can see that there's an overlap between these furnaces and the units above. Which unit you decide to go for will relate to your own requirements for heat, whether or not you have a ducting system already in place, if you need the furnace to heat water, and storage facilities for the fuel.
Pellet furnaces are designed to burn a range of fuels and cope with impurities in the fuel. The burn pots and ash disposal systems are rugged and designed to reduce maintenance requirements.
Good economic results have been obtained by integrating pellet furnaces with solar heating systems.
Pinnacle Stove Sales, (Eco-Fit) of British Columbia in Canada offer the Traeger range of furnaces which run from 70,000 btu. to 425,000 btu.
GBU 070 gives 70,000 btu. Fuel: corn and wood pellets. Blown air.
PB 150 pellet water boiler can be set beween 85,000 and 130,000 btu./hour. Fuel:wood pellets and corn. Designed to run central heating systems.
GBU 130 blown air and water heater can be set between 85,000 and 130,000 btu. Fuel: wood pellets and corn.
GBU 400 produces beween 250,000 and 425,000 btu. Fuel: wood pellets, shavings, walnut shells, cherry pits, sawdust and many types of grains.
Pinnacle Stove Sales
1089 Highway 97 North
Quesnel, BC., Canada
Tel: toll free 866 967-9777
or : 250 992-5050
The Harman Stove Company, well known for their pellet stoves, offer three pellet furnaces.
PB105 Boiler gives 105,000 btu. and is a water heater. Fuel: wood pellets
PF100 Furnace gives 112,000 btu. and heats blown air, (ducted or self-contained). Fuel: wood pellets
HydroFlex gives 60,000 btu. and is a water or ducted air furnace. Fuel: wood pellets
Harman Stove Company
352 Mountain House Road
Halifax, Pennsylvania 17032
Along with Traeger, Janfire are one of the best known names in pellet furnaces. Their furnaces are often combined with boilers of other makes, although they produce their own. For an example of a Janfire unit combined with a Bosch boiler, go to www.maineenergysystems.com Janfire make two models of burner, a boiler, and a combined unit. They also produce a pellet storage and delivery system
Flex-a designed to directly replace or substitute an oil or gas system. Produces 60,000 btu. (78,000 btu. optional). Fuel: wood pellets
Janfire NH, again replaces oil or gas furnaces. Produces 68,000 btu. Fuel: wood pellets.
Pellet boiler to suit the above furnaces. Capacity 150 ltrs.
Integral, a neat design that combines the NH and the pellet boiler above.
662 24 Amal
Tel: +46 (0)771-100 100
Superior Biomass Furnace
Made by Ja-Ran Enterprises inc., two models are produced that can burn almost any pellet type fuel including corn, rye, any pellets, cherry pits and pellets made of switch grass. The single burner will give 100,000 btu. and the double burner, 200,000 btu.
Ja-Ran Enterprises Inc.
3541 Babcock Rd.
Lexington MI 48450
Tel: 1 (810) 359-7985
Web: Site is currently down, possibly out of business.
There are two versions of the St Croix pellet furnace, the SCF-050 and the Revolution. Both can be connected to existing ductwork and used in conjunction with another furnace.
St Croix pellet furnaces are made by Even Temp who are well known for their pellet stoves. These two furnaces have grate systems designed to cope in different ways with high ash fuels.
St. Croix Pellet and Corn Stoves
PO Box 127
1919 Highway 34
Waco, NE 68460