Model # 17-VL

Internet #202051504

0794909171007

Englander

1200 sq. ft. Wood-Burning Stove

  • Freestanding design enables versatile placement options
  • Heats up to 1,200 sq. ft.
  • Stylish nickel handles fit any home's decor
$ 649 00
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Product Overview

  • Freestanding design enables versatile placement options
  • Heats up to 1,200 sq. ft.
  • Stylish nickel handles fit any home's decor
Enjoy efficient, high-tech heating with this Englander Wood-Burning Stove, expertly crafted from solid steel. It burns logs up to 16 in. L and heats up to 1,200 sq. ft., perfect for smaller homes. The high-tech design ensures safe, clean burns, while the specially designed convection channels allow you to use the room air blower for maximum heat transfer. A non-catalytic, refractory-lined firebox delivers efficient operation and clean burning with superior insulation to keep your stove at peak performance all season long.
  • USA-made steel construction offers long-lasting durability
  • Burns logs up to 16 in. long for impressive warmth
  • Heats areas up to 1,200 sq. ft. to ensure a cozy and comfortable living space
  • Specially designed convection channels allow you to use the room air blower for maximum heat transfer
  • Vented design ensures safe removal of impurities to keep indoor air clean
  • High-tech design ensures safe, clean and efficient burn times
  • Non-catalytic, refractory-lined firebox offers efficient operation and clean burning with superior insulation
  • European styling, cast iron door with hidden hinges and large glass window, air wash system and spiral handles provide a sleek, handsome appearance
  • Satin black finish with cool touch nickel handles included for a custom look
  • EPA and Washington state approved for clean burns
  • Room air blower included (over $100 value) to improve air circulation
  • Click to learn more about wood and wood pellet stoves in our buying guide
  • Click here for more information on Electronic Recycling Programs
  • California residents see Prop 65 WARNINGS

Product Overview

  • Freestanding design enables versatile placement options
  • Heats up to 1,200 sq. ft.
  • Stylish nickel handles fit any home's decor
Model #: 17-VL
Internet #: 202051504

Enjoy efficient, high-tech heating with this Englander Wood-Burning Stove, expertly crafted from solid steel. It burns logs up to 16 in. L and heats up to 1,200 sq. ft., perfect for smaller homes. The high-tech design ensures safe, clean burns, while the specially designed convection channels allow you to use the room air blower for maximum heat transfer. A non-catalytic, refractory-lined firebox delivers efficient operation and clean burning with superior insulation to keep your stove at peak performance all season long.

  • USA-made steel construction offers long-lasting durability
  • Burns logs up to 16 in. long for impressive warmth
  • Heats areas up to 1,200 sq. ft. to ensure a cozy and comfortable living space
  • Specially designed convection channels allow you to use the room air blower for maximum heat transfer
  • Vented design ensures safe removal of impurities to keep indoor air clean
  • High-tech design ensures safe, clean and efficient burn times
  • Non-catalytic, refractory-lined firebox offers efficient operation and clean burning with superior insulation
  • European styling, cast iron door with hidden hinges and large glass window, air wash system and spiral handles provide a sleek, handsome appearance
  • Satin black finish with cool touch nickel handles included for a custom look
  • EPA and Washington state approved for clean burns
  • Room air blower included (over $100 value) to improve air circulation
  • Click to learn more about wood and wood pellet stoves in our buying guide
  • Click here for more information on Electronic Recycling Programs
  • California residents see Prop 65 WARNINGS

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Specifications

Dimensions

Assembled Depth (in.)
15.5 in
Assembled Height (in.)
32 in
Assembled Width (in.)
22 in
Firebox Depth (in.)
8.5
Firebox Height (in.)
12.5
Firebox Width (in.)
18
Log Capacity Length (in.)
16

Details

Area Heated (Sq. Ft.)
1200
Assembly Required
Yes
Color Family
Black
Features
Air Wash System,Mobile home approved,Pedestal Base
Heat Output (BTU/hour)
50000
Included
Blower
Material
Steel
Product Weight (lb.)
215lb
Returnable
90-Day
Style
Farmhouse,Mediterranean,Minimalist,Transitional

Warranty / Certifications

Certifications and Listings
1-UL Listed,EPA Approved
Manufacturer Warranty
Limited Warranty: Five years on firebox, One year on electrical components

Specifications

Dimensions

Assembled Depth (in.)
15.5 in
Assembled Height (in.)
32 in
Assembled Width (in.)
22 in
Firebox Depth (in.)
8.5
Firebox Height (in.)
12.5
Firebox Width (in.)
18
Log Capacity Length (in.)
16

Details

Area Heated (Sq. Ft.)
1200
Assembly Required
Yes
Color Family
Black
Features
Air Wash System,Mobile home approved,Pedestal Base
Heat Output (BTU/hour)
50000
Included
Blower
Material
Steel
Product Weight (lb.)
215lb
Returnable
90-Day
Style
Farmhouse,Mediterranean,Minimalist,Transitional

Warranty / Certifications

Certifications and Listings
1-UL Listed,EPA Approved
Manufacturer Warranty
Limited Warranty: Five years on firebox, One year on electrical components

Questions & Answers

Can you store wood in the space below the stove?

Asked by: Mc10538
YES! This is a wonderful woodstove and makes a real heating difference in our kitchen. The wood fits nicely and safely in the opening below the firebox. ENJOY!
Answered by: Mumzie
Date published: 2019-02-02

How do you clean it with no ash drawer?

The product specs say no ash drawer is included. Doesn't that make it more difficult to keep it cleaned out?
Asked by: Parisa
You have to wait until the fire dies down somewhat and shovel out the ashes and coals.
Answered by: Elbee
Date published: 2018-04-26

Is there a recommended highth or minimum highth of your chimney to get air properly drawing through the stove?

Asked by: Eve
8to 10 ft.
Answered by: Tob
Date published: 2018-09-26

Is this stove UL approved?

Is this stove UL approved?
Asked by: FME
Yes
Answered by: Mary
Date published: 2018-02-02
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Customer Reviews

1200 sq. ft. Wood-Burning Stove is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 112.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We were looking for a smaller sized wood stove to... We were looking for a smaller sized wood stove to supplement our mini split system if the power were to go out. This unit seems to put out a lot of heat when the blower unit is in operation. Took a little time to learn how to start a fire in it but once we got the learning curve down it works great.
Date published: 2019-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good looking and easy to use stove! We had... Very good looking and easy to use stove! We had a stove that was too large for our space and this one is perfect for supplemental heat of our 1100sqft. It looks similar to much more expensive European versions and Is made well. It took us a few fires to master the damper, but it’s working great!
Date published: 2019-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The stove seems well-built but it has one problem and... The stove seems well-built but it has one problem and it is once you open the door from the edge of the door to the bottom inside it has a couple of inches drop that will make it difficult to clean. Handles were not installed. Other than that I like it.
Date published: 2019-04-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good stove for occasional use After a year and a half using this stove in my home I've found that it has adequate heating calcify for a small home (500-1000 sq ft depending on the home and insulation) but lacks features of larger stoves making it considerably more work to keep running . The longest burn you can expect is 4-5 hours at best. Most average burns will be around 3 . The slim design also allows smoke to come out of the firebox into your room when lighting a fire or adding more wood. This can be very irritating and lead to discolored ceilings and trim. Also no ash drawer requires scooping out ash every couple days which gets messy . The blower has high and low settings that help blow warm air into the room but both settings are quite loud , requiring tv to be turned up an extra 15-20% to hear . I would recommend this for occasional fires but not as a primary heat source .
Date published: 2015-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small, clean design and efficient. So far the stove has... Small, clean design and efficient. So far the stove has met my expectations and I’m glad to have another source of heat for my home.
Date published: 2019-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4 Star Review Rating provided by a verified purchaser
Date published: 2019-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This stove is a Prius, the old stove was a Yugo I have used this Englander 1200 sq. ft. stove for less than a month. It is perfect for my work shop. This stove requires little floor space. It has a small fire box and uses a tiny amount of wood. I can easily heat my shop all day with a paper grocery bag of branches and twigs. This stove has two minor issues. 1.) When opening the door for refueling, a little smoke will escape. 2.) The small fire box requires small pieces of wood that many would call kindling. For a home, I would recommend a slightly larger stove that will accept larger logs. This new stove is EPA APPROVED and is 20+ times more efficient than the stove it is replacing. The old stove was an EPA EXEMPT wood burning stove. EPA exempt stoves are NOT efficient, burn a lot of wood, don't heat well, and should not be purchased (even if free) with EPA approved stoves as affordable as this one.
Date published: 2015-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good little stove with one caveat This is our second winter with this stove. We bought it because we wanted a more clean-lined, modern looking stove that didn't cost a small fortune to fit our home design. This stove fit the bill and looks great (see photo) and is 1/5 to 1/10 the price of other 'modern' stoves. It is our primary heat source for a well-insulated 1800 sq ft home and works great, keeping the house toasty warm even down into single digit temps. A couple of things to keep in mind especially for the first time stove buyer: 1. This stove doesn't have an ash drawer. that means that you have to stop feeding it and let the fire die down to clear the ash using a small shovel. For us this has to be done every day in prime heating season when we're keeping the fire going all day. If you're wanting to keep the stove going continuously, you might want to look at Englander's 1800 sq ft model which has an ash drawer. As I write this it's on sale for less than the price of this stove. 2. Read the other reviews that talk about the correct placement of the baffles at the top of the stove. I don't think Englander did a great job designing the brackets for the top baffle and it's easy for it to slip out of place, interfering with correct airflow. In my judgment the manual doesn't do a good job of explaining it, i had to call Englander to get them to walk me through it. They were very knowledgeable and helpful when I called. All in all, a great stove for the money and a great look for a modern home.
Date published: 2016-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is one great little stove !!! The associates at my Home Depot had the stove loaded up on my truck in just a few minutes and I was on my way. The next day I had it installed and had it fired up. It was a 30 degree day and the inside temperature in my 1300 sq. ft. home got up to 80 degrees. The stove looks as great as it works. The craftsmanship of the stove is perfect. It has closer rear of stove to wall clearances than any stove I've found, which was really important to my installation. I highly recommend this stove.
Date published: 2014-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We love our stove This is a smaller stove for a smaller space - so this is a space-saving stove that outperforms itself to heat our 1250 sq foot home exceptionally. Enjoy the ambiance from the larger window. Like the simple, almost euro-stove type lines. We crack the door for a bit to get it started, and w/i half an hour it is cooking! We are using this stove without the fan. Ordered silver-colored handles from Englander for a small price.
Date published: 2012-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lot of heat for the price Have been heating with this unit for almost 2 weeks. Stove works well, drafts fairly well; (crack door at first). For the first time in the winter we're heating the entire house; 1100 sq. ft. (instead of closing off spare rooms). Had to open a window when we hit 78* the other night. This product works as advertised. I didn't factor in clearance to attach the included fan, but I don't think we'll need it. Stove is heating house well down into the single digits at night. This stove is the best fit for the location we had to put it in. At only 12 1/2" deep it doesn't protrude into hallway at all. Very pleased with it.
Date published: 2013-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent stove for the price! Fits perfectly in my... Excellent stove for the price! Fits perfectly in my small off grid cabin 10'x14'. Enough room on top for 3 to 4 small pans to cook food and heat water. The huge viewing window let's you watch the fire dance. East to move and install. Tight clearances are a huge plus!
Date published: 2018-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great stove, great price. The 17-VL was purchased for back up and supplemental heat but is now performing as our primary heat source in our 1100 sf home. Finished installing just in time to test it in first winter storm with single digit temps and 4" of snow.
Date published: 2013-12-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The lining around the window disintegrated in less than 2... The lining around the window disintegrated in less than 2 months usage. Seems to be a problem as the manual says to keep checking it’s efficiency. Not covered in warranty.
Date published: 2018-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Puts out the heat This stove is great for the money. I only needed a small stove due to space issues. It uses 16 inch logs but the stove is not very deep so I've only packed it with 3 logs at one time. My house is 1300 sq feet and in 25 degree weather my house was 80 degrees. The open concept helped but even the bedrooms reached 68 degrees. The fan can really move the air. I don't use it constantly cause I hate the noise. If your tight on space buy this stove if you have more room go with a deeper stove so the logs can fit the other direction.
Date published: 2013-12-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I wish this stove had a ash pan rather the space below it to store wood. We have to empty ashes e... I wish this stove had a ash pan rather the space below it to store wood. We have to empty ashes every day and a half.
Date published: 2018-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good value for the money The stove will need to have the door slightly opened/cracked, for the best draft to start a fire. It also helped to add two feet of pipe to the chimney, on the roof, for better draft. We used small kindling and newspaper to start...a shot of charcoal lighter gives a boost. After the kindling ignites, add some dry, 2x4 scraps. When the bed of coals forms, add some dry split birch for an all night fire. Our stove did not come with a blower unit; later ones have this. The draft control is: push in for draft, pull out to close. Glass door makes coals easy to inspect.
Date published: 2012-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great little stove compact great for tight spaces yet it makes my 950 sq ft house 80 degrees when its 10 degrees outside
Date published: 2010-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sturdy, Stylist, Excellent We simply love our Englander wood stove. Though the firebox is small, it fits our little room perfectly. I just have to cut the wood to fit. Best feather is that it cleans its own glass door. The heat from the fire washes over the door keeping the glass clean. I love this. It gives us unending pleasure of looking at the flames. Hardest part of this is going to bed... I highly recommend this stove.
Date published: 2015-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happy so far! I looked everywhere for a small, low-clearance, clean-lined woodstove for my small living room, and was thrilled when I came across this one. I'm a complete amateur when it comes to stoves and fire building, so the first few fires took a bit of experimentation based on tips from other reviewers, but now I've got it figured out. The fire burns hot and clean and puts out a ton of heat, almost too much for my 850 square foot house. The included fan is pretty unsightly sticking out the back of the unit, and quite loud, even on the low setting, but does a nice job of moving the warm air around. I plan on replacing it with an Ecofan soon. Overall, a great buy!
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good product for the money This is a good product for the money and has done a very good job heating our 1450 sf home. This rating comes with some caveats however. First, as others have pointed out, the firebox is small and you will need to be careful to make sure your splits are short and narrow enough. This also means that even with a full box and damper closed there are not many coals left in the morning unless you get up to add more. I have not found any of these issues to be major problems though. Second, you will need to be sure that you keep the door cracked for a few minutes for a cold start to get adequate air. Once the stove is hot, though, there are no problems. As with any wood stove dry, well seasoned wood is a must otherwise you will be disappointed. This stove has much smaller clearances that most of the other options in the price range, which was very important to us. The blower does a good job of spreading heat through our house too even though it is a bit noisy. Our house was built in 1951 without any insulation in the walls so our propane bill was huge last year. We will have a positive return on our investment (wood, stove, piping, etc.) by the end of January so its been well worth it. As long as you know what you need and what you are getting this is a great value.
Date published: 2014-12-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from poor design but looks cool The stove is hard to start. It smokes out the door when you try to put logs in. The depth of the box allows the coals to fall out. I've heated every home. I have owned with a wood insert or freestanding wood stove, all my life I'm 49. This one I used for 3 weeks and still couldn't make it work well with out smoking up the house. I will be returning it next week. I read the manual 3 times and the stove pipe was done to the right spec's.
Date published: 2015-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Stove We ordered this stove online after strongly considering a jotul. Our local jotul dealer was not very friendly and wanted 2x the price of this stove. I built up a base for it out of cement board and tiled it. We use this stove as our primary source of heat for our 1000 sq ft new home. This thing has no problem keeping our house comfortable when the temp is down around 20-30f. It is extremely efficient and uses very little wood to keep the house warm. The glass in the door is very nice and allows a nice view. Ours also came with the blower fan for spreading the heat throughout the house. We didn't hook up the fresh air vent so we have to crack a window to get a good draft and good steady burn. The secondary burn is great to watch as it looks like a firestorm on the top of the stove. We followed the directions for curing the paint and didn't have the smoke problems others speak of.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Your experience will probably vary. This is mine... This is a hard review to write, as I really want to love this stove. I feel like it deserves more than two stars, but I can't give it more than that based on my experience. First, the positives. It looks great. The design is very compact, but it still allows a large viewing glass for the firebox. Installation was pretty straightforward. It comes with a powerful (but noisy) blower, which is a good value. The stove comes with a fresh-air vent adaptor box already attached to the bottom (more about that later), which makes it really easy to hook up a fresh-air duct. Support is good. The people I spoke with at Englander were patient and helpful, and very prompt in getting back to me. I had two main issues: 1) the user manual, and 2) stove assembly quality. First issue was not with the stove, it was with the user manual and my own inexperience. I couldn't seem to get the stove up to temperature. The manual repeatedly cautions against overfiring, and being a first-time woodstove owner, I erred on the too-cautious side, apparently. I was building fires the way I would in an open fireplace. These need to be much hotter. The support technician described to me what the fire should look like. The firebox should be full of flame. The flu temerature needs to be at least 350F. Once that temperature is reached, you close the damper and get a "light show" around the top of the firebox...that's the log gasses burning, which actually produces more heat than the physical wood burning. The stove is designed to burn most efficiently when it's damped down, and this allows your logs actually to last longer. I wish that specific description had been in the user manual. If you are a first-time woodstove owner, take it from me...it is practically impossible to overfire this stove. Especially if you're using naturally dried hardwood logs. I imagine if you kept it stuffed full of softwood kindling, maybe...just maybe it would overfire. Second issue was a problem with the stove itself. Because my home is tight, new construction, I chose to provide an exterior fresh-air duct, like you're required to do in a mobile home by most codes. I correctly installed the fresh-air duct from the bottom of the stove to the exterior wall behind my stove. On the exterior, the vent opening is hooded and screened-off, to prevent it being blocked by ice or invaded by creatures. The stove is on the north wall, and we get a lot of north winter wind. When the wind blew, I noticed a strong, cold draft coming from the front of my stove. I checked all my ductwork, and it was airtight. So was the seal where the ductwork goes through the wall. But it literally felt like there was an open hole in the wall. I traced the draft to a large gap (3/16") between the pre-installed (welded) airbox and the front of the stove. Support acknowledged this was an assembly defect, and advised me to fill the gap with a high-temperature silicone caulk. Even with stove firing properly, the heat struggled to offset the blast of cold air shooting into my house. So you can imagine what it's like when there's no fire burning. With the gap filled, the draft is dramatically reduced. But a cold jet of air still shoots out of the hole where the damper rod exits the front of the stove. It's like it needs a gasket of some kind to keep that cold air confined to the air box beneath the stove. Minor installation/manual issue: unless you have an offset screwdriver and more patience than is natural for a human, you will need to dis-assemble the blower in order to screw it to the back of the stove. The blower housing blocks access to the mounting screws. I know this sounds like a negative review, but I can only relate my personal experience. I am a seasoned DIYer, and I found this experience challenging. Once it's up and running properly, it seems like a great little stove. Very attractive, with adequate heat output. If the user manual was a little more descriptive, and there had been no quality issues, I would recommend it. Maybe all first-time woodburners go through this kind of learning curve.
Date published: 2015-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Okay, most of the reviews, at the top of the reviews at least, are from people who have only owne... Okay, most of the reviews, at the top of the reviews at least, are from people who have only owned the stove for a short time. I got mine in 2014 and am on my third heating season with it. It has exceeded expectations. When it is burning, my furnace does not kick on. The fan moves the warm air into about half of my 1300 sf house, and the rest of the house is only slightly cooler. It burns clean--I live in a wood-burning neighborhood, and it is easy to see who is using their stoves from the smoke coming from their chimneys. My stove, however, hardly shows any smoke at all. I had a few issues when it was delivered--a scratch on the paint, no nickel handle. The customer service was responsive, prompt, and a pleasure to deal with. For the money, I think you can hardly do better. Highly recommend. And that's based on 3 seasons of heating, not 2 months.
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost great, but poor attention to detail The Model 17-VL is an "EPA Certified" wood stove designed for "cleaner" secondary combustion of the wood smoke; prepare yourself for a learning curve from your old wood stove. Older stoves usually light fast and get hot pretty quickly. This stove takes a while to get up to speed, and by comparison, a long while. Don't expect to get up on a cold morning and kindle a warming fire within an hour. The first thing you will notice is that the airflow to the 6" stovepipe exhaust appears almost totally blocked by one of the top vermiculite panels. This severely limits the starting draft unless you stick you hand inside the stove to slide it back. There is no tab to hold it in a particular place, so it's impossible to know where the manufacturer intends for it to rest for proper function. Keeping the door open 1/8" to 1/2" inch provides decent air inflow to get the fire lit. The provided 1/4" draft hole is fine for when the stove is hot and fully operating, but it's completely useless when trying to get the fire started. Once it's finally burning, the 17-VL heats very well for it's small size. For optimum intended burn, the box has to reach its operating temperature. Once the initial kindling is reduced to red coals, it's time to set up for a sustained & clean burning fire. Place new fuel onto the coals, shut the door and open the provided draft by pushing the rod all the way in. At this point (1 1/2 hours+), the stove is finally ready to start burning as designed. The wood will sit for a while but begin to slowly flame. Here's the cool part - unlike conventional wood stoves that head from the flame on burning wood, this stove ignites the tiny creosote particles in the gas exuding from the wood. The result is that bulk of the fire you see is not "on" the wood, but seemingly floating wispy in the space above it and under the vermiculite panel. The wood eventually chars and turns to glowing red coal, and it lasts quite a while, lessening the amount of fuel consumed versus a standard wood stove. Important tip: do not give into the temptation to add more wood to the stove until the previous wood is completely reduced to glowing red coals. Opening the door and introducing room air before this will cause the remaining unburned wood to flare up slightly and pour lots of wood smoke out into the room. Also, the steel top (and back) of this stove is separated by about an inch airspace from the actual metal firebox. This means that the surface temp of the top never gets very hot. It's enough to get a pan of water to steam, but don't plan to use the top of this stove for boiling or cooking in your cabin. Use of the optional AC blower to push the air out the front vent holes should further reduce the surface temp of the top. One glaring flaw is that the 6" collar for the stovepipe is the wrong size for standard 6" stovepipe. The female end (which is supposed to be down) will not fit either inside or outside the collar. A male-to-male coupling is required, and Home Depot doesn't carry these. I found one a local ACE Hardware store for $6, but online prices range as high as $25. Bottom line, the Model 17-VL lists for $749, but I paid under $300, as Home Depot is discontinuing and dumping them. For that price (or close to it), it's worth it.
Date published: 2012-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's a very attractive looking stove, but it does really... It's a very attractive looking stove, but it does really stink for at least a week or two as the enamel cures with the heat of the first fires. If you are sensitive to fumes/chemicals make sure you keep windows open while all the fumes are released, it is a very strong enamel/paint smell. Hadn't anticipated this aspect of a steel stove. Otherwise it seems to work really well in our 1200 sq foot home. The fire does not stay in all night so you do have to start over in the mornings. We have found burning enviro bricks makes very little ash so cleaning up between fires is minimal and easy without an ash pan.
Date published: 2019-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little stove We didn't want or need a large stove for our 1500 sq foot home. This stove isn't the top of the line stoves you can buy these days, but it does a great job for a great price. The blower that comes free with it is especially helpful. My husband thinks the blower help us put out and circulate 75-100% more heat. The secondary burn is great for efficiency and safety (burning the creosote) and it has a beautiful looking pane. It's sort of a scandanavian style, which I love. You can fit a kettle on top of the stove. Because the stove is so small you can have really tight clearances which works great in a smaller home. Yes, you do have to load wood in it more often than other stoves, it won't burn through the night and you can only load the wood sideways and not straight in, but for what it is (a SMALL stove) it does a great job. We keep it a nice 70 degrees in the downstairs of our home with the blower. I should add that the Englander customer service is excellent. They reply to e-mails quickly and are very knowledgeable and helpful with any questions. Not to diss home depot, but we couldn't get four grown men to move this little stove into our car because it was "too heavy." It really isn't. Once my husband and I got it home, we moved it from the car into the house OURSELVES. I am just above 5 feet tall and weight a little over a hundred pounds. Being able to move it easily into the house was a PLUS. We installed the piping ourselves and was able to have it pass inspection. Just make sure to follow all the codes--it's not too hard. We are very pleased. Even with gas an oil prices being lower these days, it will save us a lot in the long run, and it produces such beautiful flames and comforting, drying heat. Nothing like a wood stove on a cold, snowy day!
Date published: 2015-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good stove this is the second one of these that I have purchased for my vacation homes so I've been living with one for a year now. Produces good steady heat for a small home. One reviewer mentioned that the stovepipe was designed to be 'upside down' and he had to buy a special part. Unfortunately he is wrong and installed his pipe wrong. Hopefully he will read this and discover his mistake.
Date published: 2012-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Operating the Englander 17-VL to its Fullest. Honestly I was doing it wrong, never having used an EPA stove before. Wanted to make sure I was using my Englander 17-VL to its full potential so I read up on how EPA stoves work and read through all the reviews to glean as many tips possible -Thank You All for the helpful reviews! The following will allow you to get the most from this little stove which warms our 1300sqft home: 1. Make sure the vermiculite baffle at the top is pushed all the way toward the back of the stove. It's meant to block exhaust & heat from just going up the stovepipe and to create a longer gas flow path. 2. Fully open the air control by pushing the rod all the way in towards the back of stove. 3. Start a large kindling fire with a few splits of wood added to get the stove hot. A top down fire works great. The manual states the door should be closed and tightly latched. But if you do it's much harder to get the fire going. The very slightest crack works well (just don't push the latch fully down). Once the wood is charred and the fire is going strong (about 10 minutes), you can then latch the door tight. 4. When the fire has burned down to red hot coals, open the door and rake the coals into a V shape (open to front of stove), this allows air to be pushed all the way to the back of the stove. You can now load the stove as much as you want. Best to keep the wood away from the glass to help it stay clean. 5. Close the door and latch it tightly. Do not open the door anymore unless you want a house full of smoke. The air control should still be fully open. The wood will start to smoke and may do so for a very long time all while the stove temp drops. Do not open the door. Eventually the wood will burst into flames and so will all those gasses given off. The firebox will be full of flames, top & bottom! 6. Pull the air control rod all the way out towards you (some air still goes in). The flames on the wood will almost completely go out but the gases at the top will still burn at an extremely high temp. It’s mesmerizing watching this secondary combustion. This will also allow you to get the most out of your wood. When you’re down to just red hot coals you can reload again.
Date published: 2015-11-20
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