Outside Wood Burning Furnaces in the Suburbs

Real Estate Agent with RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate

   It may be that as oil and gas becomes more expensive that outside wood burning furnaces become not so outside wood burning furnacedirty words in the suburbs.  I have nothing against burning wood. In fact, I love the smell of burning wood but it is not pleasurable to inhale a barrage of smoke when an outside wood furnace is being vigorously stoked.  Although I am very curious how the neighbors feel about this outside wood furnace in a somewhat residential neighborhood. There is privacy with the two acre lots but that smoke does create a billowing stream.

It is not like South Kingstown is out in the boondocks where neighbors tend to keep to themselves and don't mind what a neighbor does as long as it's within the property boundaries.  South Kingstown RI has waterfront and vacation homes for sale as well as nice residential neighborhood ones and it is unusual to find one of these outside wood furnaces here.  Now the present owner of this South Kingstown home for sale has had this furnace for a few years and did not need a special permit from the zoning board to put this structure up.  However, this homeowner's furnace is now grandfathered and future outside wood furnaces are evaluated based upon residential density and a number of other finer points that would impact whether or not you are allowed one. 

outside wood burning furnaceMy buyers were actually thrilled with this furnace and thought it would be so much easier to deal with and it would eliminate the 'sootiness' of a regular wood stove burning in a home.  It is an advantage but I did mention to the buyers that this furnace needs to be 'fed' quite a bit of wood to keep it going.  The buyers were not deterred and let's say this home,along with its other features, is in the top three homes to consider. 

Just couldn't see myself putting in 30 pound tree stumps to feed this Hansel & Gretel fire pit but I'm not the one buying the home.  Outside wood burning furnaces do not need to be dirty words anymore in the suburbs!

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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

There has been a movement here in CT to outright ban wood burning furnaces due to the smoke they emit in densely populated areas.

Nov 22, 2010 10:59 PM #1
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
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We don't have any such thing, in my area.  Maybe further out in the collar counties, but nothing like it this close in to Chicago.

Nov 22, 2010 11:46 PM #2
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

James...interesting because most of CT is pretty rural but neighbors have had it with the smoke thing...


ALan, i would be very surprised to see wood burning furnaces in Chicago...lol...

Nov 22, 2010 11:55 PM #3
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Like Alan, nothing like this in the "big city" here in middle GA.  HA!  I can't imagine the effort involved, but there's always someone making lemonade when others see lemons!

Nov 23, 2010 12:27 AM #4
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Ginny, I have seen a few in rural areas of the county. I think that they are really neat and efficient.

Nov 23, 2010 12:48 AM #5
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
Anita...i'm sure the middle of GA has none of this & you don't have the amount of cold to justify the cost...it is huge work but the savings are great! Michael...if i was out in the country I would consider it but i'd need my little log load not the big ones i see thrown into these furnaces...have a great day
Nov 23, 2010 02:07 AM #6
Nina Rogoff
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Medfield, MA
Sells Real Estate!

I have never seen that before, Ginny. I can imagine there is a lot of "debate" on the issue of smoke. I also love the smell of wood burning fireplaces, but not close up, and not constantly being blown into my yard. I'm curious as to how far away from the house this furnace is?

Nov 23, 2010 10:38 AM #7
Erika Rogers
Red Rock Real Estate ~ Southern Utah's Largest Independent Brokerage - Saint George, UT
St George Utah Real Estate & Relocation Specialist

Hi Ginny, we don't have any furnaces like that here in St George.  Up north in Salt Lake and surrounding areas, they actually have "no burn" days because the pollution gets so bad from them during the winter sometimes. That's the first thought that came to my mind when I saw your pictures.

Nov 23, 2010 10:50 AM #8
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

We don’t want people burning real wood out here because of the year-round fire hazard, but if they do, we hope they have spark arrestors on the top of the chimney so that flying embers don’t burn down the neighborhood, or the county for that matter.

Nov 23, 2010 12:47 PM #9
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
Nina, it's probably 15 feet a way from the end of the garage...all the piping is underground...the neighbors don't seem to be happy about it but they say that the homeowners are very careful about how they 'burn'. Erika...i forget with the mountains how the smoke would get trapped and cause huge health issues...very interesting. Russel...i can imagine...i know how the fires out your way get along with the winds!
Nov 23, 2010 12:54 PM #10
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