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.
Good Size & Weight, Easy to Use
installation instructions need clarification