Every manufacturer has its ups and downs. However i can tell you that Amana has top of the line heat exchangers. Instead of a damper to keep smoke in you could use a high efficiency furnace, that is. It has a primary heat exchanger and a secondary heat exchanger, water condenses in the second heat exchanger and is drained out. The way you can tell one of these is that the exhaust pipe is made from a PVC material instead of metal. I wouldn't recommend dampers however. This could be dangerous.
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