This is a good little stove which keeps our 1600 square foot cabin nice and warm. I added insulation below and behind the stove for safety''s sake not know how much heat would go in those directions. We mounted the stove 16" out from wall and the insulation is only warm to the touch when I''m burning the stove at 300 to 400 degrees. The stove pad below is considerably warmer but nothing a standard 1/2" stove pad won''t easily handle. I''ve had no problem with smoke at all, just make sure your draft is good and there should be no problems. I''ve found the draft very easy to work with and it fires up really well from a cold start. The quality seems good. I suppose I could have paid considerable more for a high end stove but this one meets my needs. It''s dipped below -25 several times this winter and that hasn''t been a problem.
This product is used in the shop, not our home. We bought this to replace a 27 year old Blaze King. We read the directions and watched the video. It is very easy to use if you. It warms up a 30 x 30 shop without too much effort. The other day the shop temperature was 37 degrees. I got the fire going and about a half hour later it was 50 degrees. The shop was built over 30 years ago so I''m sure it isn''t the best insulation. I''m very happy with the way it is working.
Temperature dipped down to 10 degrees, with a wind chill on top of that. Time to crank out our first heating session. Following the instructions for lighting precisely, I looked at the wall thermometer at 64 degrees inside. I developed a nice bed of ash and let them get red hot. Laying on a perpendicular log pattern I finish the heating of the wood per paperwork. Within 15 minutes, The temperature soared to 77. Touchdown Pleasant Hearth! Now the reason for the 5 star rating is, that the square foot volume of the room that the stove is set up in is roughly 3400 square feet, or about 1200 square feet more than the stove is rated for. In addition, the doorway into our kitchen is 47" x 80" and has no door. The large 16 x 20 foot master bedroom is attached to the room, the temperature there went from 66 to 73 degrees. and a large bathroom with an open door got warmer as well. The logs are getting an average burn. I will adjust the controls a bit more to get more out of them as I get past my learning curve with this newer stove design.
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It''s all about draft...
By Lowe's Guest from The wilds of NE Arizona on Aug 16, 2013
We have the stove pipe straight up through the roof; total height is probably a good 15''+ from stove top to cap. Pretty much the same stack we used for a temporary Franklin stove in the same location (THAT was a mistake!).
The point being that we have excellent draw and, therefore, easy lighting and good burn times. Open the damper, open the door, stack tinder, small sticks and a medium sized log in it; one match, *POOF!*, nice start. Leave the door cracked (just on the latch) wait about 15 - 20 minutes, stack more wood on, let it catch close the door, nice warm fire.
The old Franklin, we used to have to restack about every 20 minutes ALL the time and, being non-sealed, DID smoke and soot the place a bit, but it did burn well. Needless to say, with the cold temps here overnight (teens to below zero), that made for little sleep. With this new stove, maybe once an hour (or longer) and the last stack of the night, close the damper about 75% (there''s a stop), stays warm with enough coals left in the morning to relight.
Admittedly, we are only heating about 1100 square feet, but it does a good job of keeping us warm. We burn mostly cedar and aspen in it (cheap, locally available) and, as i said, it does work well once you get used to using the damper.
Honestly, I think the reviewers that are complaining about smoke and not long burning probably don''t have enough of a chimney stack to develop a good draw and/or use the damper incorrectly; just sayin''.
It is also well built, although the damper can be a bit "sticky" at times. We have also noticed some cold spots around the door seal (evidenced by creosote build up on the glass front) but we can live with that. I''ll probably add some high temp sealant on the gasket.
All-in-all, a GREAT little stove! We have another location where we''ll buy this one''s baby brother to heat once we get the construction complete.
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