Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 66
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by jd good little stove with one caveat
This is our second winter with this stove. We bought it because we wanted a more clean-lined, modern looking stove that didn't cost a small fortune to fit our home design. This stove fit the bill and looks great (see photo) and is 1/5 to 1/10 the price of other 'modern' stoves. It is our primary heat source for a well-insulated 1800 sq ft home and works great, keeping the house toasty warm even down into single digit temps. A couple of things to keep in mind especially for the first time stove buyer:
1. This stove doesn't have an ash drawer. that means that you have to stop feeding it and let the fire die down to clear the ash using a small shovel. For us this has to be done every day in prime heating season when we're keeping the fire going all day. If you're wanting to keep the stove going continuously, you might want to look at Englander's 1800 sq ft model which has an ash drawer. As I write this it's on sale for less than the price of this stove.
2. Read the other reviews that talk about the correct placement of the baffles at the top of the stove. I don't think Englander did a great job designing the brackets for the top baffle and it's easy for it to slip out of place, interfering with correct airflow. In my judgment the manual doesn't do a good job of explaining it, i had to call Englander to get them to walk me through it. They were very knowledgeable and helpful when I called.
All in all, a great stove for the money and a great look for a modern home.
February 14, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Ace Operating the Englander 17-VL to its Fullest.
Honestly I was doing it wrong, never having used an EPA stove before. Wanted to make sure I was using my Englander 17-VL to its full potential so I read up on how EPA stoves work and read through all the reviews to glean as many tips possible -Thank You All for the helpful reviews! The following will allow you to get the most from this little stove which warms our 1300sqft home:
1. Make sure the vermiculite baffle at the top is pushed all the way toward the back of the stove. It's meant to block exhaust & heat from just going up the stovepipe and to create a longer gas flow path.
2. Fully open the air control by pushing the rod all the way in towards the back of stove.
3. Start a large kindling fire with a few splits of wood added to get the stove hot. A top down fire works great. The manual states the door should be closed and tightly latched. But if you do it's much harder to get the fire going. The very slightest crack works well (just don't push the latch fully down). Once the wood is charred and the fire is going strong (about 10 minutes), you can then latch the door tight.
4. When the fire has burned down to red hot coals, open the door and rake the coals into a V shape (open to front of stove), this allows air to be pushed all the way to the back of the stove. You can now load the stove as much as you want. Best to keep the wood away from the glass to help it stay clean.
5. Close the door and latch it tightly. Do not open the door anymore unless you want a house full of smoke. The air control should still be fully open. The wood will start to smoke and may do so for a very long time all while the stove temp drops. Do not open the door. Eventually the wood will burst into flames and so will all those gasses given off. The firebox will be full of flames, top & bottom!
6. Pull the air control rod all the way out towards you (some air still goes in). The flames on the wood will almost completely go out but the gases at the top will still burn at an extremely high temp. It’s mesmerizing watching this secondary combustion. This will also allow you to get the most out of your wood. When you’re down to just red hot coals you can reload again.
November 20, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Stevie Great stove!
We bought this stove for our small cabin at 7,800 feet. Our cabin is only approx. 650 sq. ft., but has tall, cathedral ceiling. We installed ourselves and followed instructions for test burns. This stove works great! Heats our cabin up quickly, and continues to give out good heat as we allow the fire to burn down. The blower also works great. We are off-grid with solar power, but only need to use the blower for a few minutes just to distribute the heat throughout the cabin evenly. One fire in the morning and one in the evening is all we need to stay comfortable! Looks and works great! Would highly recommend!
March 8, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by nt Too small
Teeny Firebox that can only accommodate small logs. Burn time: 3 hours maximum.
Expensive ($30) door gasket replacement.
Good for occasional use in mild winters, not for the Northeast.
April 17, 2016
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 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 4.0 out of 5.0 by alvin A good value for the money
The stove will need to have the door slightly opened/cracked, for the best draft to start a fire. It also helped to add two feet of pipe to the chimney, on the roof, for better draft. We used small kindling and newspaper to start...a shot of charcoal lighter gives a boost. After the kindling ignites, add some dry, 2x4 scraps. When the bed of coals forms, add some dry split birch for an all night fire. Our stove did not come with a blower unit; later ones have this. The draft control is: push in for draft, pull out to close. Glass door makes coals easy to inspect.
October 17, 2012
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