Rated 3.3 out of 5 by 6
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Chris My furnace is jealous
I've heated my house 2 years in a row with ONLY this stove, and the majority of my house is 75-90 degrees. (Let me break this down.) My house is 1 story 1800 sq ft. home in Indiana (mild winters for the most part with some deep cold snaps in january and february). The best way to describe my floorplan would to say it's shaped like a J the very bottom/end of the J is where my stove is located. The room is a poorly insulated room filled with windows, 2 sky lights, very drafty doors (I actually tape the seems shut when it gets super cold and we're all inside), and 19 ft vaulted ceiling; We call it the green room since the amount of windows almost makes it a greenhouse. This room, with this stove, gets above and beyond 90 degrees if i keep the wood loaded, and the fire roaring. I put a box fan behind the stove at an angle (to blow off the side of the stove) and force air into the rest of the house. The curved part of the J would be the kitchen (completely open design) and from there a regular door size opening into the living room. The living room would be the start of straight part of the J...it's also where my thermostat is for the heater; it stays around 75 degrees so the furnace never kicks on. then you shoot down the hallway and have all the bedrooms. The bedrooms are the coldest part of my house because I don't really try to get the warm air back there, and they're about 65 degrees which is perfect for sleeping especially paired up with a heated mattress pad. I also use the living room and the bedrooms to get away from the heat in the room with the stove. Right now I'm sitting in the room in Shorts and a t-shirt and it feels great...89 degrees in this room and 26 degrees outside.
The stove is REALLY heavy and takes 2 strong men to handle out of the shipping crate, however once I got it on the floor, I was able to lay it over on it's back to install the pedestal and then lift it into upright position by myself.
One thing worth noting is that when I got it out of the crate, the base had been badly bent during shipping and I had to get ahold of US stove to get the part replaced which was kind of a hassle. 1 lady wanted me to pay and then when I sent in the bent base they would refund the money, she also wanted the forms and stuff sent through mail. etc etc. However the 2nd lady, had me fill out the warranty information, let me send a picture of the bent base, receipt, etc. to her email, and got me a replacement sent for free within a week.
I've never had a problem with smoke leaking out of it, I would say the person who installed didn't have proper ventilation draw. I am burning oak this year, that isn't quite seasoned yet so I have to leave the door cracked to get the fire going for 20 mins sometimes, and only on a 1 or 2 occasions was a little bit of smoke coming out, but for a few reasons a) I think i had the door open just right, and b) the fan behind it was pulling it out. but we're talking about the amount of smoke from a match getting lit...not black clouds bellowing out. The house doesn't smell like a fireplace, or smoke or anything like that.
The Burn time is pretty over hyped I think, but I think they might also be considering from the time the coals go out. at best I've been able to go about 9 hrs with a WELL seasoned wood like oak, fully loaded stove and regulating the burn. (which the secondary combustion is awesome to look at when it gets going...the flames are just dancing around in the air and fill the inside of the stove) but to expand on the secondary combustion...most of the wood i've bought from people wasn't seasoned as much as they said so I wound up having the regulator full open which is just lost energy and knocks your burn time down to a 4 -5 hrs. Keep hot coals going so when you add more wood it starts right up but also finishes burning the coals up into a fine dust. Another pointer would be to stir the coals up with a poker - they tend to get pretty compacted from adding wood again and again and then they don't burn into the fine dust and thus you have to empty the stove more often. ( I only have to clean mine out after 2 or 3 weeks) I've seen some complaints about the ash drawer being too small... It takes me about 2 1/2 trips to empty it out. but I dump a bunch in, pull the drawer out a little bit and pull all the ash up to the front...then i stick it back in and fill it. give it a shake before i pull it out to level it all out...and then repeat. Another thing I do is take a piece of cardboard and slide it between the 2 slots in the center to clean those out, and then I run the cardboard under that lip out to each side...you'll see a lot of ash builds up in the channel, and I think that affects the burn regulating) Also its worth noting that when you're burning in the right temperature and the secondary combustion is working....when you walk outside and look at the chimney you won't see any smoke, or barely any...
I think the only other thing I can tell you about this stove is the window gets dirty with unseasoned wood, or if a piece falls against it and you let it stay there and burn. My wife loves to clean everything with vinegar, which really didn't do anything for it....this year she tried hydrogen peroxide for whatever reason on the glass and it came out looking brand new. I honestly thought the glass had been broken out when i came home and saw it it was so clear.
I have 2 thermometers on the stove...one that sits directly on the stove and then one that sits on the stove pipe both tell me when I'm burning too hot or too cold, and a 2 1/2 qt kettle to humidify the air
Bottom line: I love this stove, I don't see what all the complaints are about. I've questioned the fan on the back but a regular box fan works the same if not better. so who cares...you can also buy bigger stronger fans I believe for $100-$200
January 23, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by EFA1 Nice Stove
The stove was easy to install and set up and works well. The only problem noted so far is that it's difficult to regulate the heat output with the flu damper alone and it really should have a fresh-air damper too. It's getting better w/ learning how to feed it, but it doesn't really allow you to fill it up and set a slow burn. Other than that, I think it's a great product and would recommend it especially for the price point.
January 6, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by frozen Poor Quality, Poor Design, Puts Smoke in your house.
The Blower started Slowing down within the first year. During the second cold season the blower started making noise and stopping occasionally. I tried to clean it but it wasn't very dirty. In the Third season the blower doesn't move at all. I disassembled it to find it is actually the electric motor itself that was stuck. The Screws strip easily when assembling, Even though the professionally installed chimney is kept clean this stove puts smoke out the front into your house frequently. It is having a hard time heating 1100 Square feet. Professional installation cost me $1600.00 .
December 22, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Dell Nothing but trouble
Replaced a 30 year old wood stove with this piece of trash. Professional installation by qualified installers and we have smoke in the house every time we use it.
December 10, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Mike Very Clean Burning
Only downfall is that I thought blower would be controlled via a thermostat, but instead you manually control fan speed. Very efficient and clean burning, it took a little while to figure out how to get it dialed in, but overall a great purchase. Works exceptionally well with eco wood bricks, I wish Home Depot sold those along side pellets.
December 12, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Ronadam Excellent stove for the money
Just installed this stove myself with one other person no problems. works outstanding. I replaced a wood stove had for 30 years. Ordered it on line picked it up at my Home Depot. Service was outstanding at time of pick up. You will need help installing it 2 people. It is not light in wt.
November 2, 2013