"The Vogelzang Norsemen Add-On Furnace provides either a primary or supplementary source of heat for your home or workshop. Connects to your furnace duct and plenum as a safe, efficient heat source. Furnace is fully firebrick lined and has a shaker grate for wood or bituminous coal firing. Accepts 26in. logs and delivers up to 8 hours of heating per load. Bi-metal thermostat controls combustion. Ash door with large ash pan makes ash removal easy. Furnace uses TWO 550 CFM blowers included that blow through two raised 8in. duct connections. Safety tested to UL 391. This item is not for sale in the state of California and Washington. Not to be installed in mobile homes. Customers are responsible for checking local codes and regulations prior to purchase. For use with bituminous coal only. Clearance from Rear Wall in. 26, Stove Pipe Included No, Firebox Size W x D in. 27 x 20, Blower Included Yes, Thermostat Included Yes, Fuel Type Wood, bituminous coal, Max. Log Size Accepted L in. 26, Clearance from Side Wall in. 16, Igniter Manual, EPA Exempt Yes, Heat Settings Yes, Heating Capability sq. ft. 2,500, Blower CFM 1,100, UL UL approved, Clearance from Corner in. 26, Blower Power Supply Volts, Amps 120, Door Opening W x H in. 12 x 11 1/2, Full Load Run Time Hours Up to 8 hours, Flue Collar Size in. 6, BTU Output 115,000, Mobile Home Approved No, Product Type Furnace, Dimensions W x D x H in. 24 x 39 x 32. Cam-lock with spring cool-touch handle secures large feed-door Cold air return enclosure Item# 161621 sold separately Draft inducer kit Item# 161622 sold separately"
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28 of 28(100%)would recommend this product to a friend.
I have used this stove for two seasons now. My house was built around 1920's, so there are leaks and drafts everywhere. I burn wood and coal in it. Heating my house, about 2000 sq feet, for $100 a month. On 20 degree days it easily heats the house to 70-75 degrees without much problem. Had two weeks of -30 degrees (-60 degrees with windchill) and kept the house 60-70. This stove is a little more then most, however it comes standard with the shaker grates, most others are purchased separately and this is worth the little extra, it all works out in the end. I would recommend this to anyone who likes to stay warm in the winter.
I just purchased my second wood/coal stove on 12/26/13 to heat a 1750 sq. ft. garage with 12 ft. ceilings. Installed it before two days of single digit temperature. It kept the garage at 70 degrees. I heat a 2100 sq. ft. house with the other stove which I purchase 10 yrs. ago. Never a minutes trouble and it has saved me $$$$$$$$$$ in natural gas charges.
I have been heating my house for two years now with one of these stoves and have no problems with it at all, volgelzangs customer service is outstanding, had a couple of cracked fire bricks when I took it out of the box and they sent two right away, unit produces excellent heat in the cold iowa winter and it paid for itself the second year I have owned it, great product,huge money saver,
I have had this stove for 3 years now and it works great. It heats my whole house with no problems at all just like it said. The stove is very easy to use and easy to clean. I also bougt most of the accessories that go with it like air filter, spring loaded back draft, and the automatic blower with thermostat. They all work as they said they would. Overall I am very happy with the stove and would recomend it to anyone looking to buy one. The only reason why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is the fact that it burns a ittle more wood than all my other stoves that I have had and that's the only thing I can find. I have bought other items as well fom northern tool and have had great success with them as well. Thanks
This is the second season I've used this stove to almost exclusively heat my 3,000+ square foot house. It has a large firebox and the dual blowers move a sufficient amount of air. However, I did have a problem with one of the blowers "going out of balance". It started to vibrate and became very noisy. I called Vogelzang and they sent me a new blower, free of charge. The damper set up could use some improvement to better regulate the heat. It has three settings, low, medium, and high. Sometimes I wish the damper was infinitely adjustable or had a "medium-high" or "medium-low" setting. However, I can get around this by slightly opening the spin draft on the ash pan door.
It has saved me a lot of (propane) money over the past two years. On a 0 degree day, I can keep the house around 70 degrees with a heaping large wheelbarrow of hard maple or oak. I burn about 20 face cords from November to April. Overall it is a great stove for the money and I would recommend it.
I like this wood stove. The load usually lasts from bedtime to waking up the next morning, if you don't have the thermostat wide open. The blower CFM should be larger, cause I can not feel much force coming out the floor vents. Also the ash tray needs to be redesigned. When it gets really hot, it worps and you can not get it out till it cools off. Thats the only two compliants I have with this wood furnace. The stove puts out plenty of heat and would really heat my house perfectly if it had a bigger blower. I am fixing to order another stove and I might try the US made stove.
This stove works great. It heats my 2350 square foot house. The only problem I have had so far is getting the house to hot. If you buy this stove you need to consider that you still have to spend several hundred more dollars for installation parts such as flu pipe and duck work. Over all a great alternative to paying for expensive gas or electric heat.
This is my second season with this furnance. In conjunction with the oil furnance i have more than enough heat for a 2000 sq ft home. The ductwork was throughout the house for forced hot air so all i did was connect. Just two things i would change and eventually will. The blowers are extremely loud, and the damper mechanism below par. This year i will be also using coal so it will be a learning experience,
The wood burner arrived 5 days sooner than expected. It was well packaged fully enclosed and on a pallet. I put the burner together and installed it myself. The only problem i ran into was with one of the wires being to short, hence the four stars and not five. No big problem since I have done plumbing heating and electric for years. Overall a very great unit that i would recommend to everyone. It is now 76 degrees in my house and loving every minute of it!!
I purchased this stove (2500) last November (2009) to confront my $650 - $800 electric bill. I installed it myself after getting help setting it into position ... one heavy furnance it is ... I found the install very simple with the exception of the last blower, they don't give you alot of room but none the less it wasn't bad. Wiring the blowers wasn't hard at all, anybody that is remotely close to a handyman can wire them up, very simple. I installed it under my house next to my existing electrical furnace and just heated the underneath of my house to allow the warm air to rise. SOunds like a horrible idea but it saved me alot, my electric bill went from the above stated to around the mid $300 with the exception of one month in which I went about 2 and a half weeks without coal, then it was in the low $500s. I burned coal nearly all the time as I needed the extra heat from the coal to get the heat up hot enough for my appilication. This year I'm connecting it into my duct work to save on the amount of coal and will be able to burn wood also. I does take a little getting used to as far as adjusting your draft and all that good stuff but it doesn't take long....couple weeks and you should be up to par with it. For a furnance inside a house it would be a little noisy,the blowers are a little loud but do put out a very good amount of air but I haven't noticed the vibration that I've read about but that maybe due to the fact that's it's under my house and not in it. I have went through 1 1/2 sets of grates but in part was my fault burning the strove too hot .... opening and leaving the draft door open. Was sent replacement grates within days of calling. Learned my lesson on the draft. If all goes well with the furnance this year after hooking it into my duct work then I will purchased the cold air return and thermostat next year or maybe this winter as I plan on using my blower on my existing electrical furnance to circulate the air in the house to start. Of course I will have to purchase dampers in order to tie into my exisiting duct work to keep air circulation from backflowing.
A load of coal would run me roughly 7-9 hours and would have a decent bed of hot coals after 10-12 hours. I did burn block coal as I plan on doing this year also. Throw a couple of big blocks in at night before bed, close the draft and your set for the night, skake the grates the next morning, a little fire would noramlly start back up, throw in more coal, open the draft KNOB a little and good to go for til aound mid-day or so. My biggest complaint about the stove would be that the ash pan ikt fairly small, I was used to the old WormMorning stove growing up which I remember from growing up was 5 times bigger than this ash pan is, but at most, I have to empty the ash pan twice a day, mostly just once though. If your installing it inside your house, I'd reccomend the vaccum for ash removal, it would have to be cleaner than scooping the ashes out with a stove shovel. BTW, I heat a 3,500 SQ/FT house with this and even the upstairs' electrical furnance didn't kick on much as the heat would rise from under the house to the main floor on up to the upstairs and the main floor would stay around 74 during the time the temps would be down into 20's last year which was often in Northeastern Tennessee last year, unusally cold year. I'm almost super excited to see how it does this year being tied into my ductwork. I hope that this helps cover most of the info that you are wondering about. I know it can be a hard decision to make in which furnance to purchase and we don't want to spend a good chunk of money on something that isn't the right thing for the job. I did ALOT of research on stoves/furnances before deciding on this one and I can tell you I haven't been disappointed in the least with my decision. Have a toasty winter !!!
Ive only got to use the stove for about 24 hours after receiving it and installation. As other reviews state, it is very smokey the first burn and vibration noise from the side panels are very noisey while the fans are blowing. In the past 3 years our electric bill has risen from $180.00 per month to near $600 per month so i figure i can stand a little noise to compensate for the high electric bill. I installed the stove in the basement of my home, I ran the two heat duct outlets to my first floor duct work and i cut another 8" outlet on top of the stove, i ran the third outlet duct to my duct work in the attic that heats my second floor, As i stated earlier ive only got to use the stove for only 24 hours but it seems like its going to do an excellent job heating both floors consistantly and the heat from the stove alone will keep the basement at a comfortable temperature. note: temp outside was about 30 degrees and im heating about 3000 sq ft.
I have only one furnace to compare to which was a little old and slightly smaller. Based on my limited experience I will say that the 2500 is great. I only got to use this furnace app. two weeks before warm weather. It takes a few minutes longer to get heat because of it's heavier design but once going it heats better using far less wood. The old furnace would have to be fired full each three to four hours in mid thirties weather. The Norseman will heat just as well for six to seven hours on less than half the total wood. I'm looking forward to cold weather just to enjoy using this furnace. Ash removal will have to be done more often but that is only because it totally burns everything to powder. Great furnace!!!! Wish I had purchased one earlier.
The furnace met all my expactations. A couple of install tips; If you don't have a 1/4 drive ratchet and long extention, borrow or purchase one. Mounting the blowers will be a challenge if you don't have the correct tools. A 3/8 drive will not give you the clearence you will need to get to the mounting bolts. Mine came with a cold air return box. Again if you don't have a 1/4 in drive ratchet the mounting screws are tough to get to. Put a small slice of masking tape in the socket to hold the screws while lining up the pre drilled enclosure. If you follow these tips the install will go very well. Make sure you use the correct knock outs in the electrical box and put the conduit cables in the right places or the cold air return will not line up during mounting.
My set up was pretty easy to tie into the existing duct work. The two blowers were a bit of a pain for the initial installation, due to the short lengths of wire sent with the kit and how close together the units are. After the first try, I just used my own new wire longer in length, that made it simple. Read, understand, and rest asure that when the other reviews warn of SMOKE during the first few firings. I thought, how much could the thing smoke from paint and packing coatings..... LOTS..... have the windows/doors open and a fan ready. After that, learning where to set the controls for my set up took a coulpe of days. Then the whole house was a constant toasty 74. No complaints on this purchase. We also have an oil burner, this add on cut our heating cost by 75%. Looking forward to next winter, I think we'll be able to do better in cost savings next year now that we are familiar with the operation of the furnace.
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Add-On with oil burner?
November 20, 2010
"Does your oil heat system use hot water, steam or blown air? Just curious because we have and oil burner with the old water filled radiators and would love info on adding this to our system. Oil in our locale, as of Nov 2010, is $3.50 per gal and that is just way too much!"
Has cut down on the amount of wood that I burn. Heating a 3000 square foot home. Only problem I have is with the blowers. Noisy to some degree, should have a better way of mounting them. Should have studs for them to mount on instead of the clips that you use. This would take care of the vibration you get.
I too am having problem with one of the blowers. We bought this furnace in march 07. My husband hooked it up over the summer - easy! We first ran it in Oct - 3 1/2 months later I am having a problem with one blower. At first it was fine, then it started with a LOUD rattle. Now I noticed its not spinning at all. I just emailed Vogelzang to see what they will do.
the stove arrived crated in wood on a pallet. putting stove together was fairly simple. stove was everything I hoped it would be with few exceptions. the ash pan is very shallow and needs to be emptied frequently. the only other problem, was one of the blowers had a bad vibration, wheel out of balance. called vogelzang, WOW had new blower on the way in 3 min. arrived very quickly. hooked up stove and after initial cookoff of the painted finish and a little learning time for a new stove, i'ts working great 14 degrees and blowing outside and 73 degrees and toasty inside. holds good fire about 10 hours on low with wood. I have had wood stoves for over 40 years and this is the best yet.
Good price, and an all around good unit, plenty of heating capacity. I would recomend the d-50 draft induction kit, it makes adjusting the temp. verry easy. my only complaint is the sides vibrate sometimes when the blowers are on, c-channell shelving strips from your hardware store will signifagently reduce noise if you screw them to the sides in an x shape.
We have been heating our home for a few years with this furnace. It was easy to install and even easier to operate. We have it connected into the existing duct work after the original furnace. It does take a few tries to figure out the damper/air flow adjustment but when you get it figured out it's very simple. We have a 3500 square foot home and have no problem keeping it at 70 degrees even with the 40 below North Dakota winters.
I have found that you get much better heat out of coal but it is trickier to adjust. A full load of about 80 lbs of coal lasts approximately 10 hours. A little less is you need the heat setting up higher. I would suggest getting the airfilter box attatchment to keep household dust down and the Draft Inducer kit to make coal burning more efficient.