Shaver Wood Furnaces

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Shaver Wood Furnace Overview

Shaver Furnaces manufactures outdoor furnaces that burn both coal and wood. Shaver is owned by Weld Rite, Inc., a privately-owned company located in Salem, Arkansas.

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Consumer Reviews of Shaver

2.2

  • Very Satisfied
    3
  • Somewhat Satisfied
    2
  • Neutral
    0
  • Somewhat Unsatisfied
    0
  • Very Unsatisfied
    10
  • #17 of 37 Wood Furnaces
  • 33.33% of customers recommended

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Corporate History

Shaver Furnace was established in 1972. It was preceded by Shaver Heating and Air, a father-and-son operation that was founded in 1950. The Shavers began to develop their first prototype outdoor wood furnace for use in their own home in the 1960s.

Shaver used to provide certification to customers that its furnaces were at least 75% efficient. In 2011, following complaints from the Alliance for Green Heat, the IRS found that Shaver furnaces failed to meet the efficiency ratings of at least 75% and withdrew the manufacturer's right to provide certification. While the ruling stated that penalties may be imposed if the company continues to provide certification, it does not appear that the IRS imposed a fine on Shaver. More on this ruling can be seen here.

Product Lines

Due to EPA changes Shaver furnaces are now specifically designed to burn coal, but both coal and wood can be burned seperately or simultaneously. Shaver currently makes four models: the Shaver Coal Series 165, which heats 4,000 square feet and has a water capcity of 170 gallons; the Shaver Coal Series 250, which heats 5,500 square feet and has a water capacity of 230 gallons; the Shaver Coal Series 290, which heats 7,000 square feet and has a water capacity of 260 gallons; and the Shaver Coal Series 340, which heats 8,000 square feet and has a water capacity of 300 gallons.

Warranty

The Shaver Wood Furnace comes standard with a 20-year limited on-site warranty, pro-rated after the first 5 years. The cost of the service call is not covered after 5 years. There is a 30 year/lifetime warranty on the roof and siding, and electrical components such as the fan, thermostat and pump and the door and grates have a 1-year warranty.

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Shaver Wood Furnace Reviews

Showing 1-5 of 15 reviews

"Not worth it"

1.0 rating
Very Unsatisfied

This makes the 10 years. And it's shot. I had to fill this stove at least 3 times a day. If you live in a very cold area. Don't buy this one

E warner

Orwell, OH

"Love my furnace"

5.0 rating
Very Satisfied

I've had my furnace since September, 2014 and I love it. I haven't used a tri-axle of wood. I only load it twice a day, morning and night.

JoAnne Arnold

Aurora, WV

"How to improve a Shaver forced air stove"

5.0 rating
Very Satisfied

I have had my Shaver forced air stove for 3 seasons. It works great but I have seen and heard other users ask, how could it work better? I added a fan control on the small blower. Instead of full force under the coals, now I can dial the air speed. It's easy to keep a controlled temperature, the wood last 4 times longer and my house doesn't get too hot. I'm looking into adding a control on the main blower, too. I load the stove once for about 30 hours of burn time.

Bob Dodd

Martinsburg, WV

"P.O.S. Shaver"

1.0 rating
Very Unsatisfied

I bought this block of metal this year(2014) and I will never recommend this stove or the people that run this business to anyone. I'll put it this way: if I could rate this stove in the negatives, I would! The stove is poorly put together and runs through way too much wood. I have to fill it 3 times a day when it's 30 degrees out. I have to fill it with water once a week. The blower is already going out and I have run the stove for 2 months! The people that I dealt with cannot read a damn tape measure. I called and asked for dimensions on the stove so I could pour concrete before the stove was to arrive. They gave me the wrong measurements, and refused to reimburse me for the concrete and the delivery fee I paid to have the shove placed exactly where it needed to be. It took me multiple phone calls to get through, and once I did they decided to be rude and blame it on me, like it was the paying customers fault! The person I ordered the stove from was a guy named Ben. The manager I talked to was Ray, and once I talked to him about my problems he ran and wouldn't return my calls like a little coward. When I talked to Don and asked to talk to the manager, what I got back was unbelievable. And I quote: "The manager is not in (I just talked to him) and we will not be able to refund your money because it was not our fault. Have a nice day, goodbye", and he hung up! So if you like wasting your money on junk shit, talking to pathetic telephone tough guys, and not having a warm home please buy one of these horrible junk pieces of shit Shaver wood burners! Next year I will spend the money on a Central Boiler!

J Melchert

Litchfield, IL

"Good, simple furnace"

4.0 rating
Somewhat Satisfied

I have had my 165 since 2008, heating an old two-story farm house. The thermostat is the only thing that has failed, and it happened in the first month or 2. I emailed Shaver and they sent a new one. In the meantime, I used a hot water heater thermostat I had saved from a water heater replacement. I have had no pump failure or leaks. I do perform the water treatment as recommended. It provides good heat. To me, the biggest drawback is the manually adjusted air control on the blower. When the blower turns off the air can still draft through, based upon where it is adjusted to, sometimes causing the water to boil when the house is using less heat. UPDATE: 7/9/16 I wrote a review about 2 years ago that now I'm ready to lower. I have had the 165 in use since fall of 2008 with no big issues, but in the middle of the 2015/2016 heating season a leak showed up. I finished out the heating season and then addressed where it was coming from. What I found was 2 different areas – one was in a weld seam at the bottom right side that is so small it could have been leaking from the start and not have been noticed. The one that made me realize there was a problem on the bottom of the water tank. I had used the water treatment recommended and flushed the water side out and retreated as recommended by chemical testing company but I think the design is the issue. The drains are not right on the bottom so you can never really flush it like needed. So I believe after 7 years enough sediment was able to deteriorate this area. The water tank is not made from the same thickness of metal as the firebox, too bad and if there was a true bottom drain my problem and I'm sure others would would not have developed for many years. I tried to call Shaver by the # with my paper work, no answer. I went to a website that seems like it was Shaver and spoke to a guy named Randy, who once I said I was calling about the warranty of my Shaver he said " Oh they went out of business recently". It did provide good heat while working but used a lot of wood.

Gary Harris

Afton, VA

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