Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 27
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Pete Replacement parts
Loved this stove until I broke the glass when I shut the door and the glass hit a long. Trying to get a replacement part from the ghp group,that's who makes this stove is virtually IMPOSSIBLE! Its been 5 months of looking on their web site once a week to order the replacement and Everytime I try they're Out Of Stock. Its like trying to order a hamburger and just getting the bun.
If anyone knows an easier place to order parts for this stove please let me know because something simple as this is beginning to become extremely frustrating
June 25, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by TDLanders Good Little Stove
We use this as our main source of heat in our 14'x70' Mobile Home. Given that we are planing on upgrading to a larger unit in the next year or two. For the low cost of this micro stove this thing rocks out the heat. It keeps a bedroom on the adjacent wall warm along with the living room and kitchen area. The only two issues I have with the stove is the finish and size of the fire box. But for the money and being able to legally install it in a mobile home can't beat it.
October 28, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Brbarber Air vent handle is only for decoration
I purchased this stove with the assumption that the lower handle controlled the amount of air coming into the stove. I was wrong the vent does absolutely nothing even the manual clearly says "adjust the vent when starting a fire". I emailed the manufacture and they told me it has a little impact on air flow. No it does not! They then suggested I buy and install an outside air vent but I never planned on doing so and don't see why I should have to do so and I cannot be sure it will have any impact. I asked them to replace the stove with a model that allows control and they are ignoring me. So now I have a smoking monster in my house because I have to open the front door and let smoke into my house to control the air flow to the fire. Shameful!
February 27, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jaycu good supplement for a 1400 sq ft house
hse. built in 1950. 1 1/2 story. block outside walls. when temps are in the 40's or higher will keep whole house 70 degrees or higher.
BUT when I INSTALLED IT, it when it was single digits and lower teens outside. in a room that was in the low 30's. Only raised the temps in that room about 8-12 degrees per 24 hrs.>> after the outside temps increased to 30's it kept the whole house between 65-69. the temp I like my hse. >>when 40's or higher outside keeps hse. 70 +..
draft works but it is gradual has to burn oxygen out of chamber before one notices the difference.
Only times I notice it smoking out everywhere is when the wind is gusting 30mph outside.
4-5 hours is the max I can get out one fuel load to heat the hse. there are enough Hot coals to relight the next load that last 6-7 hrs
CLOSED IN FIREPLACE >>it only heated 1 room vs whole hse. wood stove uses 50-75% less wood and heats whole house not 1 room
estimated savings $75 or more per month and can use the whole house instead of 1/2 of house
got wood free
love the stove
March 28, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by mretw Look for better stove
Buyer beware... Shame on me for not reading reviews prior to buying. I took out a Lopi that was older and put this "new" stove in. Everyone talks about EPA cert. and such. My old one was as well and at least it burned wood. I will get a good fire going with the door open using construction scraps, so yes they are dry. and as soon as you close and latch the door the fire goes out. So i guess that's how they meet EPA rules for pollution... The don't burn wood. stay away
February 28, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Hillsideyurt Impressive Stove
I have now owned this stove long enough to use it in the cold fall and spring seasons on a mountainside at 4400 ft altitude. I elected to buy this one to heat my frame structure yurt based on calculated volume of air involved. I have a smidgen over 10,000 cubic feet and assuming 8 foot high rectangular rooms, the rating of 1200 square ft works out to 9600 cubic feet. Therefore, I concluded this was close enough due to the fact that my walls are 6-in insulated to R-26 and my ceiling is 10-in insulated to R-34. I found that the stove was able to keep up quite well with 30 degree outside temps and within two hours of active stoking, brought the interior to an almost too warm 65 degrees. I learned that, as another commenter noted, the stove functions at higher efficiency with the door just cracked. I have a button thermometer on the top of the stove and observe that it can get to 500 degrees easily. Through the night, I find that dogging the door tight will cause the banked fire to simmer and last a fair amount of time, however, the dry pine I have reduces to fine ash in about 3 hours so a middle of the night refeed is required. When I arose in the morning, the inside temp. was 10 to 15 degrees warmer than outside but 45 inside versus 30 outside still makes for a cold get-up. I am expecting this will improve after I insulate the floor and complete interior finishing. This is my first self-installed wood stove and it has been an enjoyable exercise in installation and operation, due largely to very detailed research, planning, and execution.
May 3, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Maybe Not good
I can not keep a fire burning in this stove with out the door being open a little ...I get no help from company tryed calling and never speak to a real person..only e mails that get answers once a day at nite
January 26, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Everbleed It is what it says it is
It has been ten days since we lit the first fire in this stove. Except for cleanouts every 2-3 days, it has burned continuously ever since. On day seven we plumbed the underside vent of the stove straight through the floor to draw air from under the house because our new home (777 sq. ft.) is very tightly sealed. Plus, drawing outside air into the stove means you are not drawing cold outside air into the house. It instantly made a difference. A good one. The stove itself is actually quite good, particularly considering its' price. Certainly we wish we could have bought a top tier brand, but $3,000 or more is just too much for us. So this stove, with its low price, EPA rating, and its specifications is a bargain.
We gave this stove five stars because ultimately it met, and even exceeded, our needs and expectations. However there were and are serious issues to consider:
1) This is a small stove. Unless you live in a very well insulated, perfectly sealed home, you will not be able to heat it's rated 1,200 sq. ft. home without running it very hot continuously, and then having to clean it out regularly. (Like daily.) After all, it is what it says it is, and you can only stuff so much into it. Regular cleanings adds the problem of disposing hot ashes all the time, or cooling the stove fully all the time, which defeats the purpose of the thing somewhat. If you have a 1,200 sq. ft. home, buy a bigger stove. This stove is good for 600 sq. ft. and under.
2) Home Depot was great, the ordering on line was easy, and our HD pick-up store crew in Ukiah was wonderful as usual. The stove distributor, GHP, on the other hand doesn't actually appear to exist in our opinion. The stove was received by us with two busted bricks and some bare metal marring on the top, due to abysmal packaging, and busted double pallets. I registered the stove with GHP and then tried to reach customer service online, only to get the same warranty registration page where I used the comments section to ask what to do about the damage. No response. Wrote another email. No response. Called them three times over three days. Put on auto-hold forever each time. No live bodies. No response. A pointless exercise in futility. Any other product would have gone back. But a 220 pound stove I nearly busted my gut getting into the house? My experience indicates you will likely have to solve any problems yourself. Or be very strong. Or have three strapping sons who you can boss around to tote your stove back.
3) This is not a stove to use if you do not have access to 18" and under dry hard wood, unless you don't mind stoking it every hour. (18" DOES fit with a slight angled entry but 16" is easier.) We start it up with fir, build a bed, and then switch to oak. It is, in fact, a very controllable, very good burning stove. We can get it to cook all night with just two baloney-rounds of tan oak. The bottom vent is very controllable and when vented externally will allow this stove to cook all night. Eight hours. But it does take a little practice and experimentation. (Most things do.) But in only ten days we were able to get the stove to work just fine. In fact. We are very happy with it now. The female half of us simply loves it.
4) Vent the stove from outside air. It makes a huge difference. But don't get fooled by the manual which appears to indicate you do a double venting. You only need one vent. The manual appears to be trying to show the user two methods, but never mentions the obvious method we used, which was straight through the floor. Anyway. Get a 4 inch expanding aluminum clothes dryer vent and a 4" hose clamp to attach the tube to the lower vent and port it somewhere, anywhere outside your structure. No interior air, unless the door is cracked or open, needs to enter the home. You get just the heat.
5) The blower is the typical squirrel cage blower and makes noise. If you have a noisy house, it won't bother you. If, like us, you live in a dead quite home, you will rarely, if ever, use it. Too irritating. Put one of those powerless Russian heat fans on the stove and call it good. The BTU's are in your home, with or without the fan. Even a small desk fan nearby will create the air movement you need to help distribute heat.
6) You may need a file or a metal grinder to get the spring handle on the bottom vent shaft. The door handle grip went on easily enough. Not so with the vent handle. A minor issue, unless you don't have a file or a metal grinder.
So we give the stove five stars. It is what it is. It does what it says it does. We give Home Depot Online and our HD store in Ukiah, CA five stars. But we give GHP Group zero stars... because how can you give even one star to something that doesn't exist? Maybe we should average it out, but we stuck with five stars as we didn't feel it fair to punish the good stove for the sins of its' bad distributor.
January 30, 2014