JUCA Owners Say ...
Our JUCA B-3 ... has heated our whole house (over 1300 sq ft) in temperatures down to 15 below. The inside temperature with the stove loafing along generally runs 75 ... and the stove will indeed hold fires for eight or ten hours easily. Moreover, it will hold a night fire on 50 cents worth of oak. (Minnesota)
... working great ... adapts to ductwork so easily and heats so efficiently that I doubt any other stove on the market can compete. (South Dakota)
(This note arrived as an e-mail in 2010).
... You have a very good product and has served us well for 30 years! ... Our house built at the time was 2600 sq.ft. ... I have a JUCA F model that I had built ... in 1980. ... has saved us alot on our LP gas bill ... (northern Indiana)
(This did not arrive as a letter but in a phone call, around 1995. We see it as interesting, so we try to reconstruct it here.)
I bought a JUCA B-3 in 1976, for our house which had been having $300 and $400 per month heating bills. Each month, after the JUCA was entirely heated our house, I put the money that I would have sent to the heating oil company in a separate bank account. Therefore, each cold northern Indiana winter, I put around $2500 to $3000 more in that account. Over the following 15 years, I had deposited around $40,000 in that account, and the bank's interest made the balance even higher. I put three daughters through College from that account!
We have received many thousands of appreciative letters, notes and calls from JUCA owners over the years, but that one took even our breath away! The guy spent $365.08 to buy a JUCA and was then able to completely pay for all of College for three daughters as a direct result! Wow! (Of course, we note that HE had to cut and carry a LOT of wood in order for that to happen, but still!)
I'm glad I finally found you. It wasn't easy, since you don't advertise. (Kansas)
[Ed: PLEASE check all chimneys anyway!!]
Early on in JUCA's existence, in the middle 1970s, we had a Secretary who had a strange sense of humor. One day she walked into my Office carrying an envelope. With a very serious expression, she told me that I better read this letter. But first she tossed a photograph onto my desk. I immediately saw the body of a cat spread out across the top of one of our JUCAs. I figured, Great, we fried a cat and somebody wants to sue us! The Secretary KNEW I would think that, so she hesitated before tossing me the letter, as a smile started appearing on her face.
It turned out that the JUCA owners LOVED their JUCA (like everyone always does), but more, their cat loved it, too! Somehow the cat had discovered that being ON TOP of the JUCA (while the JUCA was producing all the heat for their entire house) was the coziest place to be! (I never liked our Secretary after that!!! No, not even close, but I DID get even with her regarding senses of humor later on!
We wish we understood the cat language, where we could provide a warning message for cats for such situations!
The OTHER family was responsible for cutting and stacking firewood, which they apparently put near the door of the FIRST family. They installed a large warm air duct, and apparently insulated it well, which ran between the two houses. So using the wood that family #2 provided inside the JUCA woodstove bought by family #1, they heated TWO HOUSES with one woodstove! I wonder if that is a Guinness Book of Records candidate! We only learned about this indirectly from a dealer who had bought JUCAs from a distributor we then had in California. So the information got to us rather indirectly, and so we are not too sure of the details!
On that subject, the largest SINGLE house that we know of that was (and may still be) heated with one JUCA was an 11,200 square foot house in Colorado, an astoundingly huge house! They had massive complications in getting the JUCA's warm air to those 25 separate rooms, and several extra blowers were required. The second largest house we know of was/is in Indiana, a house of 8,625 square feet floor area. I happened to find an excuse to visit that house once and I will never forget looking down a hallway that was longer than a football field! They also needed three air handlers (blowers) to spread the JUCA's heat throughout all their rooms, but it all worked fine.
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