HeatMaster indoor (yes, some models can be installed indoors) and outdoor wood furnaces are made in Manitoba (Winkler, MB to be exact), utilizing Manitoba workers, expertise and innovation.
I recommend the HeatMaster Wood Furnaces because they satisfied my own OWF (outdoor wood furnace) requirements:
1.) Environmentally friendly As a firewood supplier we pride ourselves on providing sustainable, carbon neutral heating alternative (firewood) to fossil fuels such as natural gas, heating oil or coal. Our OWF needed to do its part to keep smoke emissions low and heat output high to reduce our environmental footprint.
2.) Heat multiple buildings / components Quality outdoor wood furnaces aren’t cheap and if I was going to pay good money I wanted our furnace to heat our home, garage, shop and hot water efficiently and economically. I view the purchase cost of our OWF as prepaying a hydro or natural gas bill in advance.
3.) Look good Our yard is where we live, work and play and the OWF would be a part of that. We wanted something that worked hard and looked good while doing it and looked like it belonged in our yard, not an industrial afterthought. Little to no smoke was a must have to keep us and our neighbours healthy.
4.) Easy to use / efficient Even though we supply firewood for a living and have firewood handy, I didn’t want to have to be always filling our furnace when I could be spending time doing other things (like soaking in out wood fired hot tub). I also wanted a unit that made the most of the firewood it burnt.
5.) Local support As a rule I like to buy Canadian and even better buy from a Manitoba supplier. This supports our economy as well as having a local contact for any technical questions, parts, best practices etc. It also saves on shipping.
6.) User references It’s pretty easy nowadays to have a professional looking website and impressive marketing materials. Whether it’s a truck, a furnace, a dog or whatever I always like to talk to people that actually own / use one before I buy.