By Scott Fitzner from
Appomattox, VA on January 15, 2015
I would recommend this item to a friend.
A Heat Machine
The stove is very well designed and well built. This stove replaced an older catalytic stove and the efficiency difference is very noticeable. The stove puts out much more heat and uses less wood than the previous.
We are now using this stove exclusively to heat our 1800 sq. ft. home. Our previous stove was such pain to use for exclusive heat that we ended up using it just for supplemental heat.
The blower is relatively quiet on low speed, and the stove still puts out a large amount of heat without using the blower. When it gets up to 650 F, you can feel air moving just from natural convection.
The design and quality of the stove is 5 stars, but I have to knock it back one for the minor issues noted in the "Cons."
Built solid (i.e. stove top is 5/16" thick; our previous stove's top was only 3/16" thick
Handles longer logs when loading EW (East West / Left to Right). I wish the firebox was a little deeper so we could load NS with the longer logs.
The secondary tubes and baffle can be removed from the inside so you don't need to pull the stove to clean the chimney liner.
We really enjoy the large glass front.
ConsThe face plate shipped without any fasteners. We were quickly sent what we needed.
The stove arrived with the middle and front secondary tubes swapped. The was easily corrected by swapping them to the correct locations.
The door seal is fraying quite a bit where the ends butt together and I can feel somewhat of void between the ends. Though, the door seems to be sealing fine.
The face plate was somewhat of a pain to align and install. Fortunately this should be a one time deal since the secondary tubes and baffle can be removed from the inside allowing cleaning of the chimney liner without pulling the stove.
The blower would rattle/vibrate at times. I determined the noise was coming from a few spots of contact between the blower housing and stove. This was remedied by putting a thin coat of black silicone sealant on the blower housing where it was contacting the stove. These points were easy to find since some of the paint was rubbed off. The noise has not come back.