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Dan and Marie Tourigny

We are pleased to provide you our recommendation for the indoor boiler EGR 100 unit. We recently built a new house in Northeastern Ontario and for many years prior to the built we’ve spent numerous hours researching for an indoor wood boiler that would fit all of our expectations and needs to heat our house. EGR delivered! We have the privilege of using the wood boiler for the last 4 months and we find the unit very sturdy, serviceable, practical, efficient and economical. We are very pleased with the service and warranty your company has offered to date. During this winter season, we’ve used approximately one cord per one and a half weeks to heat the house and garage totaling roughly 4000 sq ft. Therefore, as a consumer, the EGR 100 indoor wood boiler unit is definitely meeting all of our needs to date and we truly recommend this model.

Mark and Andrea Nyseth

Feb 9, 2016
Mark and Andrea Nyseth,
Eleva, Wisconsin

The P&M BL2840 we purchased from Strawbale Farms is a great unit.
This is our third year of running it and the performance has been 100% accurate.
We previously owned a Woodmaster 4400 and the P&M is a far better boiler IMO. It burns hotter, cleaner, alot less wood and very easy to maintain. I wish we would have purchased a P&M to start with.
It is a very high quality built unit. We are 100% satisfied with our P&M and the great customer service. We would definitely highly recommend a P&M.

Jon Rossman

``I just wanted to say thanks and give you folks some big props! My new Ultimizer BL28-40 is simply an outstanding unit. We've been buring wood in an OWB for 20 years and no other manufacturer comes even close. There's no comparison...(Portage and Main) really has their act together. Alot of other companies out there are full of cr*p, this machine does exactly what they say it does. We expect to use half the wood we used to which means I can spend more time hunting and fishing with my boy! ``

Byron Long

This will be our 4th year heating our home and 40x65 shop with our Portage and Main outdoor boiler ... I can't say enough good about it! Already paid for itself, it was easy to set up and use, hands down the only way to go! Great customer service and very personable staff, fast service ... and tips over the phone even! Fantastic investment and product. Thanks P&M!

Troy Dahlgren

The BL 3444 we purchased from Dave Jacoby at Strawbale Farms is awesome! Have no trouble keeping the kids warm 72° 5000sqft. The first year I had it running we used 90 gallons of LP for 13 month period. This runs cook top, dryer and on demand water heater. The neighbor used 800 gallons with half the house and 68° on the thermostat.
Troy Dahlgren
Dahlgren Construction lnc.
Hugo, MN

Ron Lampreau

``I Absolutely Love My Portage & Main Boiler``
I absolutely love my Portage and Main Boiler, can't say enough good about it. I travel for my work and I know without a doubt that my wife can load the boiler and I do not ever worry about it. Jim (my dealer) has been such a big help, my only regret is that I didn't buy one sooner.``

This heating season (2014-2015) was awesomel We saved approxiately $1750.00 on hydro bills..

Jim and Robin McRaeCustomer

This Portage and Main furnace, BL3444, is our third boiler and we finally got it right!

We started out with a competitor’s conventional model which did heat our two houses but had a tremendous appetite. After six years we traded it back to our dealer on a gasification model. It lived up to their claims of using 40% less wood but it was a pain to clean out all those pipes. When it sprung a leak after five years, a major overhaul was needed but this happened in January. While waiting to hear about our warrantee application, we started looking at other companies.

We decided to purchase the Portage and Main furnace. The head office in Saskatchewan has been great to deal with and we got the new stove in our yard when we really needed it!

We got it hooked up and have been more than pleased. We can say that the BL3444 is comparable in wood consumption to our previous gasification stove. The blower under the fire box is great and cleaning the unit is a breeze. This unit is very well designed and built.

Thank you to Brian Martin and his team.

Jim and Robin McRae

Vankleek Hill, Ontario

Bryan Patterson

We have a 1200 Sq Ft House, a 22x16 Garage with a high ceiling and all our home water that we used to heat with propane. We decided to try and find a cheaper solution so went to the internet to do some research. We finally decided to look into wood hot water boilers. After doing our home work we went to Kijiji to see if we could find what we were looking for and low and behold, there it was. We had researched several different makes and models of boilers and had decided on a Canadian Made, Portage and Main Boiler. The Kijiji ad was to a dealer near us, called Boilers Plus. I contacted them and they invited us down to their shop to show us the product. Tim was great in providing all the information and specs on the model we picked. We loved the design, the brick lining and the fact that is was Canadian Made. But most of all, we liked the small water tank...that meant less water to treat and a faster heat transfer rate. We have only had the boiler since June so can not tell you at this point how many cords of wood we will burn in a year but, since we have lots of trees on our property it is not a big concern. I can tell you, it sure is a lot cheaper than heating all our house hold water, our house and the shop with propane. The boiler was a snap to install, I did it all myself but know if I needed help, Tim was close by for help and advise. Very satisfied with the product and service from the folks at Portage and Main Boilers.

Reiner ThoniCustomer

After scouring every source possible I settled on a Portage and Main Ultimizer BL34-44 OWF. Other boilers did have a slightly better sales price but dont even come close to the quality and craftsmanship of portage and Main. Now that I have installed it in our home and have looked at other boilers running in the valley there is no way I would go any other way, not a chance. I could go on and on about the advantages but just want to confirm them and recommend looking them up if your interested. Our boiler has run flawlessly and the only concern I have is that it way exceeded my expatiation's on how efficient it is, I was expecting it to be closer to other brands I have seen in the valley. This gives us allot of extra capacity and because it goes into hibernation cycles when there isnt a big demand we get very long burn times well over 24 hours if were just heating our 2400 sqf house. We live off the grid and plan to use the extra capacity for a green house, generating electricity (ORC generator), hot pool, and a heated garage. Jim who runs slashyourheatingcosts and distributes Portage and Main in BC is very knowledgeable, passionate and helpful. Its a family run business his son delivered the boiler right to our property, helped unload it and gave us the run down. It doesn't get better then this and the only reason I'm writing this review is because I'm truly impressed. No more splitting wood, no smoke in the house or out side for that matter, no having to start fires, I find my self loading in 4ft pieces once a day. It takes me a day and a half to cut enough wood for the winter I wouldn't want to imagine how much that would cost in propane. Very good investment.
all the best

Daniel Blackmer

Oct 29, 2015
Daniel Blackmer, Waterford, North West Pennsylvania.

I own a 3 bedroom with a den, 2 full bathrooms a full basement and all the rooms that go along with it. I had an old wood burning boiler that had seen its last days and it was time to start looking for something to replace it with, so I headed to the internet. I am getting a little older and didn't want to have to worry about cutting so much wood anymore, so I decided to look into a coal burner furnace. Once I got online and started to look at boilers and their reviews, everywhere I looked, people were talking about the Portage and Main Boilers and how they were number one.
I looked into Portage and Main's web site and found the closes dealer to me (Richardson's in New Williamstown, PA.) I contacted them and went down to have a look at their products. I found the boilers well constructed, heavier than most other furnaces. They were sturdy and well designed. Richardson's then pasted me on to Brian Martin, up in Prince Albert, to get even more information. Everyone was very helpful and informative. It didn't take me long to decide on their BL2840 Coal Shaker model. It burns coal and can burn wood if I need it to. The perfect fit for me. I have just finished installing it and plan on lighting it up as soon as it gets cold enough. I hope to do an updated review and let everyone know how the system works for me and perhaps even send some pictures. Thanks to the whole gang at Portage and Main for making my decision so much easier.

Lon Peterson

I bought my stove from Dave Jacoby at Strawbale Farms in Feb 2015 and couldn't be happier. I saved over 3 cords of wood over my previous stove.Not only saving on wood but my electric bill went down also.It took less wood to achieve the same comfort level. The stove kept the water temperature up with less wood.I think it's the best out there!! Lon Peterson Foxboro wi

George Lariviere

``Before we got our Portage and Main we were spending $4500 a year on oil to heat our house. This year our bill was only $800. We're very happy with (our Optimizer 250), it gasifies tremendously and all that comes out of the chimney is steam. Our local dealer is just excellent too...I'd definately recommend Portage and Main to others.``

Bob Weir

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If you are reading this review, you probably are shopping for a wood boiler. I did a lot of research, made a lot of miles looking at different boilers and found out that they are all good. but, because I was replacing a ``different brand`` boiler that had failed; I wanted to make sure I made a better choice this time. After using my Portage and Main boiler I am sure I have made a good choice.

The only problems caused by the Portage and Main boiler are.

1. It used to take a month for me to cut my wood. now, with my new P and M it only takes me a week. My lovely wife thinks because I don’t have to cut all that wood any longer I should weed the garden. I think I should go fishing, watch football and have a few pops. You see the problem.

2. My friend thinks that since I don’t need all that room in my woodshed anymore, that, he should be able to store his mother in laws stuff in there.

3. The local Husquavarna dealer, is a great guy and he thinks I am buying all my gloves, chainsaw files, oil, chainsaw blades and chains somewhere else.
i explained to him, that I don’t use as much wood anymore. he said, don’t tell anybody else about that stove or I will be out of business.

You know what? If you want to burn less wood, make less smoke, and have a boiler with a great team behind it, You will be making a mistake if you don’t take a long look at the P and M boiler.

Marcel and Amanda Lepage Customers
My wife and I have been in our old block house for 4 years now, and let me tell you it was/is full of drafts. It was originally heated by a wood/oil combo forced air system in the basement and we were unable to keep the house very consistent let alone very warm on cold nights. We live just outside Renfrew, Ontario and some winter nights were nearing -40 Celsius! I recall our final year heating with our indoor system having to get up every hour and fifteen minutes to go to the basement and stoke the fire just to keep the house above 16 Celsius or 61 Fahrenheit, and every trip it was 26 stairs down 26 stairs up, so I got my winters work outs. The next summer seeing we were burning 20+ single cords of wood, my wife and I decided that an outdoor wood boiler was a must! After extensive research and 2 farm shows I knew which brand it had to be "Portage & Main". I got in touch with our local dealer Sean Plunkett and had what can only be described as possibly the best customer service that anyone could receive. My wife working shift work as a nurse, he had come out to help at some crazy hours to meet scheduling needs to get all set up for the winter to come. Now having this unit up and running through some mighty cold nights, I can say all of the claims of 1/3 less wood burnt and the efficiency of this unit are "Spot on". I heat my water which has dropped my hydro bill by about $50/month, but the real benefit is the average of 12hrs between fill ups of wood, and for me that is what allows for a full night sleep with the house at a consistent 25 Celsius or 77 Fahrenheit! Yes my wife loves the heat! I am only writing this as a very very satisfied customer to hopefully help anyone on their decision on a outdoor wood boiler!
Tim HuggCustomer
Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy my new EGR250 wood boiler, from the initial contact with you and your company, to the delivery and operation, everything has been fantastic. First of all, whenever I buy a big ticket item like this, I research and learn everything about it that I can. Nothing feels worse than a big dollar mistake. You know this because I believe I contacted you about a year before I decided to buy, and was in touch several times. After reading all I could and going through about 20 brochures from various companies, and some farm and outdoor shows, your design and product came out on top. Although I have just started my first heating season with the EGR250, I can truly say that I am impressed far beyond my expectations. This unit outperforms my old Freedom Outdoor furnace (now out of business like many) by far. The biggest thing I can’t get over is how little wood I am using compared to my older conventional wood boiler. I am now heating 2432 square feet, plus have a 175 foot pipe run to my garage now and am heating the 800 square feet lower floor of that. No more wood stove to light and worry about down there, I just walk in and it’s warm. The best part of this whole thing is that even when adding that extra square footage, I am still burning less than half the wood so far. That is fantastic. At this rate I could even afford to buy wood and it would be cheaper than other heating fuels that could come in handy as I get older and the maintenance is pretty simple to do also. Usually once a week I do about a 20 minute cleaning and I am done. Clean out ports are nicely located for ash removal and the heat exchanger tubes brush clean in a jiffy. The extra refractory you guys added in this unit keeps a nice coal bed as well, when the unit is idling, insuring a quick startup and return to set point when the boiler calls for heat. The simple control panel is easy to setup and understand. Being an electrician for 32 years I believe the less complicated you make things the better. Just enough technology to make something work is a winning design in my book. The beauty of simplicity cannot be overstated. In closing thanks again for a great experience, and a great boiler. I obviously am not a writer, but will always give you an honest opinion, good or bad. Feel free to have any of your customers, potential or existing, contact me anytime, and I will happily relay my experience.
Ruth and Rosie CovillCustomers
We have been heating our home for almost two years now with the outdoor furnace Ultimizer series BL 2840 and are very happy with our purchase. We recommend your company Portage and Main to everyone we meet. Also very pleased that it is efficient and saving us on our usage of wood. Thanks
Christine Earle and Keith SheachCustomers
We recently bought a Portage and Main boiler from you through your representative in the Ottawa area Sean Plunkett of Green Heating Solutions. Sean arranged delivery of the boiler and carried out the installation. To say the least, the installation did not go smoothly, through no-one's fault various issues were uncovered ( drainage problems in particular) that required additional work, or changes to the original plan. However throughout Sean took these problems in his stride, and kept us fully informed of both the problems and his recommendations for solutions. This gave us a great deal of confidence that the work was being addressed professionally and cost effectively. Sean spent considerably more time on our installation that originally estimated, but non the less work efficiently and consistently until the install was complete to our satisfaction. The final billing was transparent and free from "surprises" in spite of a considerable amount of extra work the installation entailed. We were now very happy with our boiler which has worked consistently and efficiently, and we would have no hesitation in recommending Portage and Main, and Mr. Plunkett in particular, to our friends and neighbors. Thank you all, and particulary Sean.
Carl Jowett

I've had a P&M for the last 5 years, I love this furnace. I'm 77 years old and grew up burning wood all my life, my P&M works beautifully. The controls are easy, it's easy to maintain...had lots of people come look at it and some have said they're going to buy one too.``

DeVere and Judy Noakes

“``We got the new Ultimizer this past year, it's really a superior unit...I like the way the air comes in from under the fire. It's like a blowtorch! It does a tremendous job heating our 150 year old heritage home and there's no creosote building up.``

Al Whitlam

We got our Portage and Main this year and it does a hell of good job. Had a (different make) before but our P&M is so much more efficient. It's a great design and I would recommend it to anyone. It burns so completely there are hardly any ashes to clean out.

Greg DinsmoreCustomer
Bought Stove 6 years ago First 3 years had paid for stove with the savings in oil. The furnace is heating a 3500 sq ft house and a 3000 Sq ft shop; loves the fact that the furnace is very efficient and reliable. Had been looking at other wood stoves and was told about the gasification units. Started to do his research and learned that our gasification unit burn less smoke which is much cleaner for the environment and they are much more efficient all the way around as it burns approximately 12 cord a year. This is the first break down in six years; and just the blower fan surprised it has not gone and it is still running with the original seals and gaskets. I know people that have bought other products and the portage and main boilers are far supreme. Sincerely, Greg Dinsmore
Margaret Peacock Customer
This is the 2nd winter we have had our Ultimizer BL 2840 Portage and Main furnace. We heat our house which is 28X60 and our shop is 20X30 . We like that the heat stays at a constant temperature in the house. We save on electricity bills by heating our water . No more worries about chimney fires . All the mess from the wood is outside . Our furnace is very efficient on wood . A very good investment .
Bob GermanCustomer
I have had a Portage and Main wood boiler for 8 years. I have followed the recommended maintenance schedule and It is working excellent. I would recommend Heat Smart Plus Inc., their service and products have been very good for me.
Mike BuddCustomer
I just wanted to write to tell you how happy I am with my boiler. It's -22 in the Okanagan and I'm heating 9000 square feet plus domestic hot water for two families with the 250! I'm getting 9-10 burn time using pine and fir. I've got to say I'm very impressed and now that I've got things "tuned" up, cleaning the tubes and firebox is an easy 15 minute weekly job. It's truly a satisfying sound when I hear the "rumble" of the gasifying taking place deep down in the furnace and the tell tale sign of very little exhaust other than steam exiting the chimney! The weather sucks here right now but the boiler rocks! ( you might have guessed I don't like cold)
Rhonda and Brian Van Der Voort Customers
After extensive research about outdoor wood boilers the research became overwhelming to why many competitors felt their stoves were superior to others. It seemed every salesman we talk to said theirs was the best on the market. After weighing the pros and cons we decided to go with the Portage and Main model #BL 2840. We previously heated with propane and since changing over to the wood boiler have never looked back. Yes, at the beginning there is an initial cost that is substantial to setting up and starting the new heat source. After our 3rd winter heating with this system, our boiler is paid for and heating is very efficient. We use the stove to heat our home, hot domestic water, 2400 sq ft shop, and hot tub. In the summer we plan to heat our swimming pool, hot tub and hot water while also cleaning up the dead wood in our brush and saving money in hydro. Our wood source come easily to us as we live on a well treed property and also have an arborist in the area that is always looking to drop off wood that he removes from properties. You do not need to burn top quality wood however it operates more efficiently on seasoned wood. The stove is very easy to maintain and only requires filling every 12 hours and routine cleaning and ash removal as needed. Since we liked our wood boiler system so much we have now partnered with Heat Smart Plus and have taken to advertising locally to offer this excellent system to other home owners, farmers in our area. We are looking forward to the future with Heat Smart Plus and to serving this area of Simcoe County.