Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 6
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by BWL Pot Belly Stove
I purchased this stove recently and had it shipped directly to my home. Although I had the option to have it shipped to our local store for free, I opted to pay a little extra because it was easier. The stove arrived much earlier (two weeks) than the suggested arrival date. It was in a box, the box was inside a wood crate, and the crate was strapped on a wood skid. I wasn't home when it was delivered, but judging by the lack of any visible signs of damage to the crate or box, I'd say it wasn't abused during shipment. The freight company even called the day before to confirm delivery. I muscled the heavy stove into my workshop, went to a local store & purchased the pipe, cap, oval to round adapter, and damper. I wish I had read the reviews because you don't need the oval to round adapter and it came with a damper. I'll be taking those items back for a refund. By the way, just form the end of your pipe in an oval, pre-drill a couple of holes for screws, add a little high temp caulk, and screw the pipe on. Installation through the metal wall of my shop was a breeze, and I made sure my pipe was higher than my roof outside to draft good. Lit my first fire... Lots of smoke.... But it eventually burned the "new" off my stove and the smoke went away. This thing cranks out the heat. My shop is 24x34 and it warmed it up nicely. I did place the damper in my second section of pipe near the top to take advantage of more heat from the pipe. My only complaint, besides the cheesy wire handle, is the casting on the top half has a few tiny pin holes that are visible when I have a fire. Most likely it's a defect in the casting, but it's minor and as long as the holes don't get bigger, not a big deal.
January 18, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dave Life saver....
got this little sucker just before the weather tanked into the sub-freezing zone. picked up 650lbs of anthracite ($75) and had nice long burning heat. I could leave for 12+ hrs and come home, shake and add a few scoops... easy as that!
January 20, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Steve Nice stove
This is a nice stove for use in a small shop, barn, garage, etc. Ours went into a greenhouse / garden workshop. Sets up easily and has a small footprint. Definitely cranks out the heat.
Stove comes assembled and is quite heavy. One person can carry it if you split the main body at mid-height. Two bolts and the upper an lower halves separate which, while still heavy, can be carried wherever. Keep the bead of caulk at the joint clean, but it goes back together easily and heat will seal the caulked joint just fine.
Stove drafts well once it warms up which happens quickly. You will get fumes from outside surface first couple burns so either fire it up outside or be sure you can open all your windows and doors for first burns. After that, it is a nice clean burner.
I only have two minor complaints. First is the handle for the doors. You get one small handle to use on all three doors (main, ash pan and ash shaker doors) and it is pretty cheesy. I will probably make permanent handles for each door for convenience. Second issue is quality of the casting. Mostly not important, but flaws in the recessed ring into which the removable top plate fits prevent it from fitting as tightly as it could. Again, stove drafts well so only a minor issue - a bit of smoke leakage on fire-up, but once hot, that goes away.
I wish US Stove was still popping these out but I could not find a US made version actually available anywhere. You still see them pop up on archived web pages, but when I asked, none were actually available. These Chinese knock-offs seem to be the only option left.
Some final facts: Flue is a 6" oval but don't bother with an adapter. Just buy regular 6" black steel stove pipe and flatten the bottom end of first section into an oval. Fits perfectly. Also, kit include a 6" damper plate to be fitted into first length of flue pipe so no need to buy separately. Finally, while logs up to about 18" technically fit (dropped in through the top) you will want firewood cut to 12" or so for general use.
Bottom line - recommended and, despite my minor complaints, it is a good value. Expect to see many years of service and an excellent fit for our needs. Also note that the "free ship to your local store" is a real money saver.
February 26, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Ruby The stove look great. but has a defect. and cannot use
Stove has a great appearance but after I burned it 3 Xs. The bottom turned grayish white. I submitted a claim over 1 week and still have heard nothing from the co. I would NOT purchase this product again. I this is the way the co stands behind their product no thanks Now I am stuck with a stove and cannot use the it.
December 10, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Vertical Note to 'Ruby'
This cast-iron wood stove is made in China and the casting is a little rough. However, it is well designed and will give fine service if not abused.
As for the 'discoloration' Ruby experienced, this is common with ALL iron and steel wood/coal burning stoves. If it really bothers a person, it can be painted!
December 18, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Santa2014 This stove heats my 1000 sq ft shop with no effort.
I purchased this pot belly stove to replace a boxwood stove I had in my shop, which was unable to heat the area near as well. The pot belly stove also lends a rustic ambience to the woodshop.
January 15, 2014