May 29, 2013
Nestled in the basement of his single-story ranch house in southeastern Wisconsin, Dean Kieler tops off his Magnum 6500 furnace with wood pellets. The furnace sits near his older, more traditional propane fueled furnace that doesn’t get a lot of “love” these days. It’s the Magnum furnace that gets Dean’s attention and praise.
Dean invested in his flex-fuel furnace three years ago after he started doing research on alternative heat sources. He did his homework and read through online reviews. He decided on the 6500 furnace that he installed himself with the help and guidance of a friend in the HVAC industry. “The furnace has worked great from day one,” Dean says. “It takes a little attention in the form of maintenance and cleaning once in a while, but the savings are well worth it.” When needed, the technical support from American Energy Systems is very helpful. The terminology used and the information supplied is “perfect for a Do-It-Yourselfer like me,” he says.
Having grown up with a wood burning stove and various fireplaces in his home, Dean is no stranger to alternative heat, as well as the many heating options available. “Wood, propane, oil, you name it, I’ve had experience heating with it, but nothing compares to the heat of this wood pellet furnace.” Prior to installing his pellet furnace, Dean remembers spending $1,700 per season on propane heat to keep his home a meager 65 degrees. Since the installation of the pellet furnace, his heating costs have dropped to a staggering $800 per season and “for less money I’m able to keep my home much warmer than we could otherwise. The pellet furnace keeps the house at a steady 72 to 74 degrees all winter long. If I had one complaint, it is that the furnace can make the house so warm we have to shut it off!”
The furnace continues to peak the curiosity of his friends and family, but Dean doesn’t mind taking the time to explain how it works and answer questions. The biggest interest tends to come from those who have outside boilers. “They’re envious that I have my supply of wood pellets in my basement, and that I don’t have to put on shoes and venture outside in the snow and cold.” This ease and simplicity was a major factor in buying the Magnum furnace, as Dean wanted something his wife and kids could easily fill in his absence. An outside boiler and a wood burning appliance definitely didn’t offer the same benefits.
Dec 6, 2011
Dear American Energy Systems,
The years have gone by, and I have had the same results every time so I wanted to share them with your company. I am heating approximately 4500 sq feet of office space and warehouse.
Another heating season is starting, and I am very happy to inform you that I just had another flawless start up of both my heating units. I have an old 6500 furnace along with a baby corn stove. I am an extremely busy person, and maintenance is not one of my strong points. I am scared to confess that the past few years I have neglected to clean them after the heating season ended. In fact, I simply let the corn/wood pellets run out, the unit turned off, and that’s the way I left them all summer until just today. After a lot of vacuuming with my ash vac, I filled it, started it, and let them take off. These things are unbelievable. So, I simply wanted you to have my thanks for building such a solid unit, that even I can run it.
Ps, I will try to do a better job servicing my units this year. I want them to continuing saving me boat loads of money. One more thing: with natural gas it was costing up to $1000 a month to heat my office area. Now, it takes a pallet of corn which runs around $300 a month. HUGE savings there. Thank you very much for helping me buy my snow mobiles.