Rated 4.5 out of 5Â by 116
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Rusty Super simple to operate
We burned it off outside before bring it in the basement so we have zero complaints about the smell. This is a well made top notch stove and we couldn't be more pleased. Very easy to start with starter logs.
And so far we have kept it burning night and day with no problems. So far it keeps our up stairs around 70. The basement is well insulted and completely finished. It is Dukes favorite spot now (see the picture below).
We are ready to take a big bite out of our propane bill.
November 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Nick613 Great stove
When my wife and I sat down and compared the Englander and a competing model from Lowes, we looked at all the pros and cons and found the Englander had a 3.5 square feet box, compared to the 1.5 at Lowes. Also the Englander is made in Virginia and the other in Canada. Once we installed it, we ran a fire for 12 hours on Thanksgiving. This brought our house up to 81 degrees while the outside temp was in the 30's. The next morning it was still 60 degrees in the room. It also comes with a blower, which circulates the warm air off of the unit. A fire was easy to start in the unit. The only negative is it weighs 475 pounds, so bring 3 friends.
December 4, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5Â by mike Some pro's, MANY cons- read my review before buying...
I've been burning wood for over 20 years- I've had many different stoves. I'm heating a 15 yo 2900 sf expanded cape house from mid October to mid april in central Massachusetts.
first the pro's:
it has a huge firebox. I think around 3.5cf worth. This stove is huge and heavy. welded steel construction. from mid October to mid November, I only need to load this stove once per day to keep my house in the low 70's. the large glass door makes for a nice visual (when it isn't blacked out with soot and tar) Another pro is that it uses regular common rectangle firebricks which are very easy and cheap to replace. It throws good heat and so far, has been easy to light a load using typical fire starters.
now the cons- MANY cons...
This is the noisiest wood stove I've ever owned by far!
1)The damper design is horrible. Basically a block of steel attached to a rod that you push & pull to open & close the damper. Problem is, the rod and damper gets stuck EVERY SINGLE TIME you try to move it. So now you're fighting with this rod, pushing & pulling to get it unstuck and open or close it- and it makes a lot of noise!
2) the blower is absolutely useless. it's bolted to a piece of thin sheet metal on the back of the stove, it blows air between the sheet metal and the stove- and there's no real channel for the air to be forced into, so it just blows out of every edge and corner. You can basically get the same effect by using a regular fan blowing across the stove.
3)the blower is UNBELIEVABLY loud!!!! it has two settings, low & high. While on low, I can only compare it to the sound of a hair dryer! forget about high! I'm serious- no exaggeration. You will not be able to hold a comfortable conversation in the same room as this stove if the blower is on. Plus- it attaches so flimsy to the back of the stove, that you get an annoying rattle!
4)The ash pan is useless. it's the size of a flat tissue box- if you used it, it would fill up in a couple hours of burn time. We just use a shovel and tin can to shovel the ash out.
5) the handle to open the door is horribly designed- it's a big door, and the latching mechanism is simply a wedge design- even worse is that you have to swing the handle over 180* to open the door! this leaves the handle in the middle of the glass door while it's open- so you simply just cant reach to grab the handle to close the door- you have to get up and go around the door to grab the handle and close it, rotating the handle over 180* to latch it- it's a very clumsy and cumbersome door / latching setup- something you'd find on a 50yo stove.
6)even though this stove is welded steel- there's so much creaking and cracking as it heats up and cools off- none of my other wood stoves did this (fisher, russo, all nighter to name a few) So I'm curious as to how long before I find a cracked weld-
I'll post a video soon to show the points above...
I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS STOVE TO A FRIEND!
October 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by WoodFam Long lasting, hot fire-fast!
We love this stove! We heat a 2000 sq ft house with this stove. After more than 10 hours, there are still plenty of coals to start a fire - a fire that starts up fast and hot so there's no "cool" time while we wait for warmth. Stove takes wood sideways or front to back and has a huge firebox. Our only advice is to buy a stove glove with long sleeves because sometimes there are too many coals and they will be very hot. And buy an ash bucket, too. We couldn't be happier with this stove. Efficiency, heating capacity and firebox match all the top stove makers. Can't believe any of the more expensive stoves could do a better job. And the box made a great fort for our granddaughter.
February 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Spyke Good capacity.
I have been using this stove as primary heat source for three years now. I start burning in late November and keep a fire going 24/7 until april. This stove has no problem heating my 2500 sq ft W Michigan home with the aid of the AC-30 blower. Stove is located in finish basement and have thru vents in floor to heat entire home. I load up at night and plenty of hot coals in the am. The stove is very durable and finish is still in great shape.
Advice: If you want to maintain good finish do not let anything touch it when its hot. Keep off the kettle of hot water (you will get a rust ring) buy a humidifier.
First few burns you will need to have windows open and keep the fire small.
June 14, 2013