Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 54
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by woodworker This stove is a Prius, the old stove was a Yugo
I have used this Englander 1200 sq. ft. stove for less than a month. It is perfect for my work shop. This stove requires little floor space. It has a small fire box and uses a tiny amount of wood. I can easily heat my shop all day with a paper grocery bag of branches and twigs. This stove has two minor issues. 1.) When opening the door for refueling, a little smoke will escape. 2.) The small fire box requires small pieces of wood that many would call kindling. For a home, I would recommend a slightly larger stove that will accept larger logs. This new stove is EPA APPROVED and is 20+ times more efficient than the stove it is replacing. The old stove was an EPA EXEMPT wood burning stove. EPA exempt stoves are NOT efficient, burn a lot of wood, don't heat well, and should not be purchased (even if free) with EPA approved stoves as affordable as this one.
February 12, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Robert This is one great little stove !!!
The associates at my Home Depot had the stove loaded up on my truck in just a few minutes and I was on my way. The next day I had it installed and had it fired up. It was a 30 degree day and the inside temperature in my 1300 sq. ft. home got up to 80 degrees. The stove looks as great as it works. The craftsmanship of the stove is perfect. It has closer rear of stove to wall clearances than any stove I've found, which was really important to my installation. I highly recommend this stove.
March 23, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Phil Sturdy, Stylist, Excellent
We simply love our Englander wood stove. Though the firebox is small, it fits our little room perfectly. I just have to cut the wood to fit.
Best feather is that it cleans its own glass door. The heat from the fire washes over the door keeping the glass clean. I love this. It gives us unending pleasure of looking at the flames. Hardest part of this is going to bed...
I highly recommend this stove.
March 11, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by marshall Excellent stove, better than I thought it would be.
I like the lighter weight and shallow depth, compared to the old large stove it replaced. It was easy to install. We cured it with a couple small fires per the instructions. The first full fire up was impressive because the stove somehow seems to gently warm all over the place, not just near it, and that's with the fan off. The fan by the way pumps out some serious warmth. On the negative side, the firebox is smaller than I am accustomed to. Regular 16" cord wood is usually thicker than this stove likes. Split it again a second time, that would be perfect. Branches or wood of a 3" to 5" diameter would be perfect, and 10" to 12" works a lot better than 16". Actually, odd pieces and ends are perfect for this stove. It does not like green wood. The drier the better. With our old stove, 3 to 4 logs per hour was not unusual. With this stove, only 1 log per hour does the same job. I had a difficult time trying to get a ride to pick it up so I sent someone else and HD made it very easy. It was an excellent transaction from start to finish and after.
November 23, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Chris Puts out some heat!
This little thing is awesome. When it's cranking the flames along with the secondary burn are gorgeous. I'm new to wood stoves so I'm surely not the most efficient fire tender, but I can keep one log burning for about am hour before reloading.
If you are a DIYer like me and new to wood stoves you might not know what to purchase for the install. Here is a cheat sheet for a through-the-roof cathedral ceiling installation and it's all available at HD:
6" DVL adapter to connect the stove.
6" DVL doublewall black stove pipe. Enough lengths to reach your ceiling with at least one telescoping section.
6" DVL chimney adapter with trim.
6" Duraplus cathedral ceiling kit
6" duraplus ss pipe to reach min 3' anove roof.
November 14, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Wheezy Great stove, great price.
The 17-VL was purchased for back up and supplemental heat but is now performing as our primary heat source in our 1100 sf home. Finished installing just in time to test it in first winter storm with single digit temps and 4" of snow.
December 10, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by neor We love our stove
This is a smaller stove for a smaller space - so this is a space-saving stove that outperforms itself to heat our 1250 sq foot home exceptionally. Enjoy the ambiance from the larger window. Like the simple, almost euro-stove type lines. We crack the door for a bit to get it started, and w/i half an hour it is cooking! We are using this stove without the fan. Ordered silver-colored handles from Englander for a small price.
December 18, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Warmconsumer 4th winter with this stove and loving it.
I installed this stove myself, including the straight through ceiling chimney. Took less than a day from unboxing to the first log burn. This stove keeps my 2 bedroom ranch including addition, nice and toasty. In the coldest months we try to keep it burning around the clock. Get a nice bed of coals going, then fill the stove to the top with firewood. Pull the built in damper all the way out and shut the door tight. You'll get 8 hours worth of heat easily. I will do this before work in the morning and when I come home 9 hours later, my house is 75-80 degrees and I have hot coals ready to start the next fire. I do the same before bed each night and wake up in the morning to a warm house and a bed of coals. I love this little stove. Proper 16" logs fit fine. If you purchase logs cut by a machine, you should be fine with length. Hand cut logs can vary and occasionally won't fit and will need to be cut.
January 3, 2015