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Best wood stove for me?
« on: November 03, 2019, 12:34:16 PM »
Hey all, looking for a wood stove for the house. House is 1500 sq. Ft., Looking for a UL listed stove (insurance) and something with a glass front capable of being loaded from the side. What has worked for everyone and what's a good option for me? Thanks

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« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2019, 12:43:07 PM »
I would research brands then size it to you home size and degree of insulation ect.  I am a fan of Lopi, although my home and shop have Avalon.  I have the biggest stoves they make.  you do not want to oversize, as I feel it is good to be able to burn all out now and then to keep things clean.  not sure about the glass front side loading.  We used to get earth stoves, but decided to avoid gimmicks.  not sure as an example that soapstone adds anything to the true operation of a wood stove.  
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« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2019, 02:24:29 PM »
I have heard high praise of Lopi, will check out their line

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« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2019, 04:29:10 PM »
Don't know where you live but I live in Vermont and use a Hearthstone Mansfield stove.It has a glass door on the front and is made of soapstone.The heat from it is very even.I installed an outside air intake and the glass stays very clean.I do burn dry wood.
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« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2019, 05:55:25 PM »
Don't know where you live but I live in Vermont and use a Hearthstone Mansfield stove.It has a glass door on the front and is made of soapstone.The heat from it is very even.I installed an outside air intake and the glass stays very clean.I do burn dry wood.
Hearthstone makes some great stoves. I have their Phoenix and love it. I don't believe either the Phoenix or the Mansfield are made anymore (and at any rate, the Mansfield was likely too large for the 1500 sq ft space that Wedgebanger described - wasn't the Mansfield a very large stove?) They do make some newer models that may fit your needs.
Another brand that has won all sorts of awards is Woodstock. They are known for high efficiency, clean burning, and a wide range of adjustment for heat output. My sister and brother-in-law have one of their larger models and LOVE it. I know of a few others who own their stoves, and all just rave about them. (If I didnt already own my Hearthstone Phoenix, I would order a Woodstock.) Their Absolute Steel Hybrid Wood Stove would likely be a good option for you: glass front, side loading (can be ordered with either a left or right side door), and a heat output range of 10,000 to 48,000 BTUs: enough to heat up your 1500 sq ft area quickly, but turns down low enough to avoid driving you out of the room in not-so-cold weather.
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Re: Best wood stove for me?
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2019, 08:44:30 PM »
80 at my house all winter.  ;D ;)


 
Made from a kit- doors and legs.  I had it for over 25 years. 
not airtight to gum up the chimney.
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« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2019, 08:47:27 PM »
Even this leg wood will fit in it. :D :D


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« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2019, 10:05:10 PM »
Woodstock stoves have several sizes and worth checking into.  They are very efficient.

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« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2019, 12:09:40 PM »
80 at my house all winter.  ;D ;)

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Made from a kit- doors and legs.  I had it for over 25 years.
not airtight to gum up the chimney.

That looks to me like that would be a very good setup !!!!

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Re: Best wood stove for me?
« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2019, 12:42:42 PM »
Sorry but not knowing where you are located makes it hard to give woodstove advice. Might I suggest updating your profile with a little more information.

I have been using a Sierra wood stove in my great room since 03.
It will take a 22" log comfortably. has a glass front door and side loads.
Heats the whole front of the house. I like it.
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« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2019, 01:47:41 PM »
you can buy the barrel kits at tractor supply, but I know the barrel would not be UL approved and prob. should not go inside a habital (home) space.  they heat well and are used a lot in shops in the Midwest.  yours looks great with all the brick work @Peter Drouin .  the barrels will burn out over time.  
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« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2019, 05:13:56 PM »
Lots of people have the barrel stoves, but thats the only one i've seen with the brick work, looks nice and simple to operate, no pumps or blowers to go bad, and i'll bet it does do a good job heating.
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« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2019, 05:36:19 PM »
One mistake that a lot of people make is to install a stove too big for the square footage of the house. They have to choke the stove because it is too hot inside the house and choking help to form creosote in the chimney

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« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2019, 08:00:51 PM »
Curved-wood you are right about that. When i was a kid we had an old potbelly stove, old house with high ceiling, no insulation. My mother kept it stoked up and burning hot all the time in cold weather, never had a problem with creosote.
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Re: Best wood stove for me?
« Reply #14 on: November 05, 2019, 06:32:27 AM »
 
I have burn wood my whole life. I burn 5 cords a year. When I clean the chimney in the spring I get a  full 5-gallon bucket of ash in it. When the power goes out the thing will still work. and I have a kitchen wood stove to cook on too. [old one]
Back in the day, everybody cooked on wood, The old cast iron stove was not UL listed.

In NH I guess we do stuff differently.
I remember a  guy down the road had got a pelt stove. When the power goes out it will not work. He and his kids came over to stay warm. Same with the outside big stove, No power no heat.

I don't like tight houses. Or caps on chimneys. But that's just me. ;D :D :D
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« Reply #15 on: November 05, 2019, 09:11:30 AM »
@Peter Drouin you have installed yours in a grand way with a non combustible surround with thermal mass and all.  
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Re: Best wood stove for me?
« Reply #16 on: November 05, 2019, 11:46:55 AM »
Not many barrel stoves around here anymore the insurance company's have seen to that. 

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« Reply #17 on: November 05, 2019, 07:07:28 PM »
I like your stove setup Pete. Over the years I have had at least 4 stove barrel kits here and there. I had a double barreled job in my shop for a few years and it had 20' of near horizontal run the get through the wall. I had to take that chimney apart every two weeks to clean it and I could fill a grabage can with creosote. 
 I heated part of my house here for 20 years with a 25 gallon barrel. 3 years ago while doing fall maintenance, I realized it was rotted through and unsafe to use. I finally went with a proper insert, and although it was 3 grand I didn't have, I have no regrets. More heat now that ever before.
 As I recall, that double barrel will generate 240,000 BTU's. One time I made the mistake of throwing in a wheel barrow of cedar shingles. That stove was dancing all over. I was throwing bar stock up against the feet to keep it in place. Man that thing was cherry red!
 AH, good times. ;D :D :)
 I still like those barrel stoves.
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« Reply #18 on: November 05, 2019, 09:26:22 PM »
Another Hearthstone user here.  The Heritage has a glass front and side load door.  You can order which side you want the door on.  We burn around the clock for about 6 months and use around 3 full cord a year. But we only heat a couple of rooms in the old farmhouse with it, so we don't burn it real hot very often. 

This stove just went in last year and replaced a 30 year old Hearthstone II, same stove just a few generations older.  That one we burned the heck out of - 6 full cord a year before we had the house insulated upstairs.  We abused it and it still worked fine, just cheaper to replace it than to repair it.

I would not buy any other brand.

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« Reply #19 on: November 06, 2019, 07:56:36 AM »
I have a englander. I would not buy another one. Poor design and the worst customer service I have ever had the displeasure to be involved with.
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