Some concepts transcend generational divides, and are true at any point in history.
Among the most time-tested of these is “you get what you pay for”. That holds whether you’re talking about prime rib and ground chuck or comparing ‘faux’ diamonds to the real things. However, when it concerns the boiler that heats your home or business, trying to save a few dollars up front can generate big headaches and bigger bills later.
Case-in-point: the Econoburn Wood-Fueled Boiler. On more than one occasion, everyone at Econoburn has been asked why, if Econoburn Wood-Fueled Boilers are made in North America, they’re more expensive than many of their European counterparts?
It’s a valid question…this blog will supply the answers. The short response is state-of-the-art construction quality, which delivers superior product performance, safety, and longevity. The full explanation takes just a bit longer.
Old-World Conception. New-World Perfection.
While wood gasification boilers were first sold in Europe, the standards setting the bar for pressurized steel boiler construction, regardless of fuel type, were developed on the North American continent by the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors. Created in 1919, the Board’s mission was to promote greater safety to life and property through uniformity in the construction, installation, repair, maintenance, and inspection of pressure equipment. Its membership comprises chief boiler inspectors representing most North American states and all provinces, as well as many major U.S. cities.
Of its many valuable functions, the Board qualifies boiler manufacturing facilities for adherence of building boilers to ASME code. Section IV of that code mandates, among other things: the use of specifically traced materials utilized in boiler construction; the creation and implementation of accurate design calculations, including steel plate thickness; and that every boiler undergo vigorous inspections up to the point of final pressure testing.
Econoburn takes great pride in the fact that all our Wood-Fueled Boilers are built to meet ASME Section IV’s demanding standards. For purposes of differentiation, let’s compare Econoburn’s EBW-150 Wood-Fueled Boiler against comparable European competition.
When it comes to boiler construction, the 3/4-inch welded pins — or “stays” — separating the outer and inner water jackets are an important factor in the durability and safety of the pressure vessel. The EBW-150 has a total of 62 “stays” — two on the front, 12 rear, 36 on its sides, and nine each top and bottom. A comparable European model has just 26 total, less than half.
Then there’s the EBW-150’s 1/4-inch-thick SA-36 steel boiler plate, nearly twice as thick as its counterpart’s, which comes in at just over 1/8”of an inch in thickness. Not only does this deliver almost double the boiler integrity, it significantly increases its longevity, as well.
Another factor to be considered is the weight difference — 1,860 pounds for the Econoburn EBW-150, versus 1015 pounds for a comparable European boiler. This greater weight involves not just the thicker, heavier steel, but also the second most important boiler element: the refractory, which merely happens to be the integral component of the gasification process. While most of our European competitor’s use standard firebrick, Econoburn employs an exclusive blend of American-made refractory from our manufacturing facility. We then blend and bake the blend in-house to ensure the proper densities are created to guarantee dependable, long-term boiler service to our customers. Econoburn burners are similarly equipped with leading-edge Controls technology made in the United States.
Last, but of course not least, is product safety. Most consumers are more than surprised to learn that most imported boilers don’t carry any safety certifications recognized in North America, where the standards were created. At Econoburn, we’re proud that all our boilers carry the Warnock-Hersey Safety Certification which tests to the following rigorous
• UL 391-06 test standard for Solid Fuel and Combination Fuel Central & Supplementary Furnances
• UL 726.06 test standard for Oil-Fired Boiler Assemblies
• CSA B366.1-M91 test standard for Solid Fuel Fired Central Heating Appliances.
So now you know why Econoburn Wood-Fueled Boilers cost more at purchase. And we say that without any apologies. Because at Econoburn, we will never compromise your boiler’s safety, service life, or construction integrity by using inferior materials. We also refuse to ever take short cuts in the fabrication and finishing processes.
Econoburn boilers are North American-engineered for North American applications…we’re proud to stand behind our exceptional products with the finest, most comprehensive warranty in our industry.
As we stated at the beginning of this article, at the end of the day, you always get what you pay for…but with an Econoburn Wood-Fueled Boiler, you not only get the promise of reliable, long-lasting performance, but eco-friendly heating that gives you a relatively quick return on your investment, and significant fuel savings every month you own it.
So you simply have to ask yourself just how much that lower price is really worth…