Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 23
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Propanedout Great supplemental heating for my home!
We bought this stove about 6 weeks ago! We purchased because the extremely cold winter coupled with the high cost of propane was more than we wanted to spend heating our home. I researched many brands of stoves and relied on reviews greatly in making a choice. I needed a bigger stove because of the open floor plan and high ceilings in our log home. Because of our roof configuration and the chimney already in place from previous owners, we located the stove in our upstairs loft. We force the hot air down via a pair of ceiling fans located over the main living area. This work nicely and allows the furnace to remain idle most of the time . Before stove we used between 7-10% propane per week! Since we have used 10% in 5 weeks with comparable weather. The only issue encounterd when installing was with the blower motor.h I had to drill two new screw holes because the motor holes didn't match properly with the stove holes. I clean out every three days. Fill stove before bed and still have hot coals to restart. All in all, we are very satisfied with this stove!
March 16, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Drew Don't get this stove, other reviews are very generous.
The stove looks good and seems to be a decent price, however... there are several problems with this stove. First off, it over fires constantly. I have had/used this stove for 3 months just outside of Jackson, WY. Any time I stoke the fire I need to sit by it until it starts to burn hot enough and then turn the air down. This usually takes 5 to 15 minutes. If leave the air open it will over fire every time turning the top of the stove a glowing red. If I leave the air anymore then halfway over it over fires. If the air is less then half way open before new wood starts to burn at a decent temp it will not get enough air and just smoke. This of course is bad for the chimney as it is hard to maintain a proper chimney temp for proper drafting. This causes increased and speedy creosote buildup. For this concern it is either way to much air or not enough. You cant load it and forget about it, it takes constant attention. That is the main problem. other problems is the built in fan is extremely loud. I can hear it while sleeping and it is on the other side of the house. I would mind so much if it worked efficiently but it does not blow enough air compared to how loud it is. I also had to bend the air deflector so it blew across the top of the stove like it is suppose to instead of straight up. The fan also is not on a temp switch. This also is very inconvenient as you cant just let it take care of its self. Any stove built after 2000 should have a temp switch. Next issue, the door handle is was hard to use due to rough craftsmanship. It would stick. My wife was not able to close it properly because it stuck so much. after about a month of using it it smoothed out and now it is better but it should have been working right from the beginning. Lastly, the pictures and the description state it can be on a podium or on legs. It does not come with legs. You have to buy them separately. It would be good if it stated it came with podiums but could be converted to legs with an additional purchase. I am not sure why I am having these issues and others are not. It is installed correctly and the chimney is as well. When it is going good and I turn it down it will burn all night and give off enough heat but it takes constant care to get it to that point.
March 18, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by firejs Great stove!!!
Not much for reviews but since I just put in a wood stove and read all the reviews I could I figured I would post one to help out.
I got this guy after doing a lot of reading and research and (Shopping) around and figured I would post about it were I had been looking at woodstoves.
Had it put in the basement of a 3 story 2400 square foot house not including basement. Heats the whole house including my basement which had no heat to 70 plus degree's at all times easily (temp has dropped down to 10 degree's low so far this season). Its a nice heat as well as it heats the floors and frame of the house so even when the fires been out for a while the whole house stays warm for most of a day. I simply open the basement door and let the heat rise up out which is oppisite side as the woodstove. If I made vents I'm certain I could get the house much warmer but we like the 70 temp as we have to let the fire go out to get to sleep.
Has enabled us to stop using oil to heat so far this winter which is saving tons. I think if you dont have access to wood or are not planning on doing much of the work yourself its a tough choice to get a wood stove after all the research I've done as far as cost savings are concerned. But as I have a lot of wood on my land to pluck at and plan on buying green cords in the spring and cutting them up myself at 100 dollars per cord much cheaper so it will work out great. About half the cost of oil at a much warmer tempature.
I dont even use the ash tray as I figure that would be more work. I bought a bucket and ash scooper which is easy to maintain.
Its easy to control and starts very easy even easier if you get some kiln dried wood which I tried and is like firestarter itself.
Deffinently recommend this stove and patiently awaiting for my next power outage to feel the true value of my purchase :-).
p.s take out bricks before moving into house much lighter, was able to move it with myself and brother out of back of truck but might want a 3rd or 4th person as we are pretty able for the job.
January 16, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by NorthernMi20deg Not impressed!!!!
If you have alot of patience this stove is for you!! First off i installed per directions but have a extra gasket. Stove does burn great but make no sense to me that a stove can reach 600deg on top but doesn't radiant enough heat to heat a 1450sqft house. I bought this stove for my 2 story well insulated home and cannot see myself heating 2900sqft once all is open. Have tested my firewood,bought couple thermometers and a ir heat gun to keep and eye on this stove. Ashes like to pile up near rear of stove and if you sweep your chimney and possibly have cresote good luck getting if out. Fireboard prevents you being able to clean all out. Blower is beyond being quite!!! Door stays clean. Ash pan is a pita. But large. Good luck getting heat off this stove called us stove and they have no recommendations. Outside air intake isnt hooked up but stove burns great no smoke in side house. Believe heat is just going straight up. Stack stays 330 deg on outside of pipe and stove top is 600+. Wheres the heat going.
February 11, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Hiking4fun worst purchase ever
Just started using this stove, a complete piece of junk!! I came to write this review after fixing the door hinge pin that fell off while trying to load more wood, not allot of fun burning your hands trying to fix it. the door and the handle is poorly built and falls off continually, I've had to wire the door to keep it in place. I grew up with wood stoves and had them in other homes, the way the burn chamber is constructed pushes all of the smoke to the front of the stove which causes allot of smoking when you open the door. I recommend buying an old model heats hotter!! and it will boil water if you needed too, That's right!! you can't get it hot enough to boil water. "SAVE YOUR MONEY" You will regret this purchase....
November 2, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Diane Great stove
This stove is well worth the money. I've had other wood stoves but this one is the best by far. It heats my whole house and I don't have to fill it often. When I fill it at night it holds fire for at least 9 hours. Not sorry for sure that I bought it.
January 4, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Chip Fantastic Stove for the Money
I live in Virginia, we have cold winters but nothing compared to up north. I put this stove in my basement (2250 sqft) and it is a dream to use. Once you get it going it will run you out of the place with dry wood. If I pack the stove full, I can get it to burn about 9 hours with decent heat output.
I have two small pieces of advise for those who buy the stove.
#1 Leave the door open/cracked till the fire is good and hot. Then shut it and you will be a lot happier, even though it means watching it for a few extra minutes.
#2 The glass cleans super easy. I found, if I got the stove nice and hot, opened the door and wiped it with a really wet terry cloth, it cleaned perfectly with zero scrubbing.
July 15, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by wgw Need to alert buyers to read the manual before purchasing
Read the install document. The insulation requirements are enormous. We have tried several installers and so far none can figure out how to meet the specs. In a nutshell, you would have to place the stove in a parking lot, two feet above the ground and just visit it on weekends.
October 13, 2015