Rated 4.4 out of 5Â by 84
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by 1775 No Regrets on this purchase
Had picked this up myself , defiantly a two man job. Came secured on a pallet with out a scratch. Unloaded the bricks,extra legs and paper work and had to get help to load it into my suburban. A truck the pallet could just be loaded. Had the pipe professionally installed for insurance purposes. You need to have about 5 small fires increasing in size /temp to season it prior to a big burn. The paint needs to cure. Have open windows for this. I used an outside air source that works wonderful. Great viewing window and does put off very good heat. Sturdy and well built. Did come with the blower. Also has the epa secondary burn feature that works great and looks pretty cool too. Great buy for a great price.
November 23, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by budafuko Great Stove
Shipped without legs but Englander shipped them to me quickly. Fantastic Stove. Heats my 1700 sq.ft. home. I get effective burn times from 4-5 hours but always have enough coals to rekindle a fire in the morning. Bought a Stove Stat to control the included fan. Works great.
January 22, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by Daisy Love this stove!
We bought this stove about three weeks ago and have used it every night since.
You need to keep the door cracked at first for maximum air flow, but only until the fire gets going.
Very efficient - heats our three bedroom home really well. Love the large glass window!
December 30, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by ecmaine What a bargain for a great stove
Anyone shopping for a new stove will know that you can easily pay three times the cost of this nice Englander stove by going with the higher end brands. This thing is a heating beast once it gets going. I am impressed by the ease of lighting and the ease of burning. This stove puts out the heat too. It easily heats both floors of a 1,700 foot Cape with cathedral ceilings. It looks nice too with the choice of pedestal or legs. I did spring for the brass trim kit directly from Englander as the Home Depot version of this stove does not yet include it. You will find other versions of this Englander stove sold by different retailers and you will discover that Home Depot has it for the lowest price. That plus the potential for up to a $300 tax credit from Uncle Sam makes this stove a bargain.
November 11, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by G12L13 Excellent little stove
This is a little jewel among stoves. We had cost constraints, but still wanted a well built, made in the U.S. stove. After reading several reviews we decided to go with this one. Although it is rated only up to 1800 sq ft., it is heating our 2000 sq ft home just fine (new construction, 6" walls, well insulated). It is worth noting that we have not had severely cold weather this year, but so far no problem down to 32 degrees outside, 72 or higher inside.
The stove is attractive, especially with the feet installed. It has good draft using outside air via a duct through the back wall. The build quality is good, it is welded (not bolted), everything is straight, and even the paint job is good. The steel is heavy gauge and there are no bad welds. It looks like a much more expensive stove judging from quality and looks. It is a simple, but excellent design.
As with any stove, it takes awhile to get hot. I've found that it does best when the firebox is good and hot. When you add wood it needs to get going good before shutting down the damper. Doing so also helps keep the glass clean (mostly) and reduces smoke. When running at temp with properly seasoned wood there is no visible smoke from the chimney. If you just throw in wood and immediately shut the damper down, it will not burn correctly so that there will be more smoke and the glass will get sooty.
One thing that impresses me about this stove is that the emissions are on par with many of the catalytic wood stoves. At only 2.35 g/hr it is in league with the best. Efficiency is rated at 72% and max BTU at 60,000/hr, though that would be using a full load of really good wood. Regardless, it does kick out decent heat.
The one down side is burn time. This is a tiny stove, so even a full load just doesn't get much past 4 hours at best. A good dense wood might do better, but burning red maple we are not getting overnight burns. I also note that it does not throttle down as far as I would sometimes like. I suspect that this is to meet EPA emission requirements. Because of this I tend to burn smaller loads when less heat is needed, which also helps keep the glass cleaner.
The air wash system is interesting if not entertaining. The flame actually increases at the top as it gets fresh air form the overhead pipes. It tends to create a circular pattern where the flames go up and then fold over the front to 'wash' the glass. It really works and obviously increases heat output while lowering emissions. We do have some buildup on the glass along both sides near the bottom (more so on the left side), but not much. Watching the flames has become a favorite pastime, as the air wash system seems to create more varied flame activity.
As reported by others, the ash drawer is useless and the plug at the bottom just gets in the way when cleaning ashes. The stove comes assembled with the pedestal. The bricks, fan, and feet are packed inside. You will need to install the feet if desired. The bricks must be positioned per the manual (easy). The stove is heavy, but one person can move it with a hand truck. Two or more people are recommended. Removing the door and bricks lightens it quite a bit.
One word of caution. As others have said concerning the paint. The first few burns will emit fumes. I found that there is a point at which the paint begins to cure. The hotter the fire the quicker this happens, but the more fumes are emitted. I set the smoke alarms off twice. It took four modest burns to get the paint cured past having to smell it. This is perfectly normal, but be aware that it is a rite of passage.
Final word is, if you need a small stove that is well made, looks good, and puts out decent heat, then this is it provided you are not bothered by short burn times. If you need longer burn times, have a larger home, or have a drafty home, then consider this stove's big brother.
February 17, 2015