Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 9
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sizlunt Really Happy With It
I was worried about some of the bad reviews, but our budget dictated this stove, and I am very happy with it. I do have a word of warning before I get in to the review: the manual specs say the stove pipe must be 19 inches away from the wall, while the back of the stove must be 17 inches minimum. Having both happen at the same time is not possible, and the installation instructions caused us to cut the hole in the ceiling 2 inches too close to the wall; when the pipe is 19 inches from the wall, the back of the stove is 15 inches from the wall, it is physically impossible to have the pipe 19 inches from the wall and the back 17 inches. We solved the problem, but people should know: when installing, MEASURE THE DISTANCE FROM THE BACK OF THE STOVE, AND POSITION THE PIPE HOLE ACCORDINGLY once you've properly measured the stove.
Now, about the stove, we have a 2400 square foot house and this thing heats the entire house. I have read some of the descriptions of starting problems, i.e. having to have the door open, but I have only had this problem when the wood isn't sufficiently seasoned. The first time we fired it up, the house reached 80 degrees and we had to open windows to cool off. It functions perfectly if you follow the instructions and use dry wood; at least it has for me. I've had oak coals still red in it after 12 hours, allowing me to load it up before bed and still have coals to aid in getting a fire going in the morning. It isn't fancy and there are no frills, but it heats and looks good enough in our living room. I am very happy with it.
May 26, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Hcar Vogelzang ponderosa
Burns great and i get around 6 hours on a load of pine,after 8 hours all i need to do is add wood and the coals will light the wood on fire.
March 8, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by TRK Not worth raving about
Sounded great from the spec, but isn't living up to expectations. It won't start properly without leaving the door open. then, once started burns quite cold. it seems there is not enough airflow getting into it, even with the cheaply made air adjusters wide open. Even once started, with a fire blazing, it will tame down to a smolder with the door sealed and the air adjusters wide open. Air adjusters closed will nearly put the fire out. I'm going to try to drill some more holes in the air entry to see if it will improve. The outlet is obviously fine since it wakes up with the door cracked, so it's not letting enough air in to support it's size.
don't bother with the blower on the back. It makes more noise than it's worth.
And the base with the ash tray is about useless. You need to clean the entire bottom out to be able to pull the plug out to get the ashes to the ash tray. By that point you've already cleaned it. then the gasket falls off the plug. So the ash pan is a worthless addition, as is the fan.
It will take a huge log. That is nice
Overall, I guess we're quite disappointed in this fireplace, even at the price.
February 10, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Doug Blower design is not what I was expecting
Still learning how to burn this stove, seems to make a lot of charcoal. Blower design restricted at back panel, creates a lot of noise and not much air movement. Enjoy the glass panel door, and looks good. Was a replacement for older stove, easy to assemble and install.
January 19, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Buckslayer Good so far
Holds a lot of wood north to south. The smoke must travel to the front of the stove in order to then travel up then back to the flue. Good for burn tubes but some comes out when the door is open. Stove is so tight that you need to leave the door open to get it ripping so you get some smoke in the house. Maybe that's normal. My last stove was a VC old cast stove. Now I have the hang of it....she's a beast. I got the model with legs. Has no outside air kit unless you get the pedestal. The blower is weak. Once firebox is full, you have to be careful not to damage the burn tubes with the last log. Long burn time but not the advertised 14 hours. After 10 she's still putting heat off. By 12 you're almost out of coals.
November 4, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Vlad wow! lots of heat. warms house up quickly!
Excellent stove..... but just make sure on your first start up you keep that square metal lid in place in middle of floor of wood stove....also be prepared as with ALL new stoves for some smoke to come from new paint...paint has to cure so your gonna get some and smell from it at all 3 burn stages.....light fire, medium fire and roaring fire....once it has gone through this, you will have a wonderful wood stove that is very efficient.
November 22, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by OldRancher Worth the money
This is a perfectly good stove. It is one of 5 we own and use, this one is in a 2800 sq ft building. I takes somewhat longer logs and makes more heat than most others, but does not throttle down as well as some of the more expensive stoves. It comes with a blower that is reasonably effective. I'm completely happy with it for the purpose we are using it.
December 8, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LV300WB Amazing Stove
This stove is totally amazing. I researched dozens of stoves and decided to purchase this one. WOW. I lit the first fire while it was outside so the oil burn off wouldn't be inside. I would highly recommend doing this. The next day we put it in. Lit the first fire with a few small pieces of aspen. Brought the temperature up so that the upper burn tubes lit. Closed the door and adjusted the vents. This thing will run you out of the house if you let it. I split two 8" aspen logs into 4ths. I feed two pieces at a time so as not to overheat it. It took all day to burn up those 8 small pieces of wood. Later I put two halves in an closed the vents. My heavens, I couldn't see any smoke coming out of the chimney. Burns perfectly clean.
If your looking for an incredible stove for a good price this is it. I have been totally amazed at how well it works and how easy it is to control. My only regret is that I didn't buy one years ago.
November 14, 2015