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.... Woodstock Soapstone stoves
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Gary, Mt. Hermon, La    Posted 11-26-2002 at 07:08:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm considering purchasing one of these. The claim is that they produce 8 hours of heat from just 40lbs of wood. Does anyone have any experience with these kind of wood heaters? Are they really worth the nearly $1,800 price tag, or does simple cast iron work just as well?


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Morgan Tryana Lintereur    Posted 11-25-2004 at 14:47:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Back in 1980, after spending many hours in a lousy basement just to be able to sit in front of the wood furnace we had installed (which turned out to be too large for our small house, which can be worse and actually more dangerous than buying one that is too small!) just to enjoy the wonderful radiant heat, I took it in hand to find a woodstove to put upstairs. We had the perfect place for it - an unused dining room sitting right in the middle of house next to the chimney that went up thru the center of the house.

Back then, the market was absolutlely flooded with woodstove companies, so I dug in and did my homework. It quickly became clear to me that only a soapstone stove would do. My overly-frugal (i.e. cheapskate) husband just about had a bird when he saw that the price of the stove that I wanted was nearly $1,000. His choice was a genuine Korean cast iron model from a local discount store for $200.

A little warning here: if you do decide to go with cast iron, make very sure that it is made in the U.S. Lots of knock-offs are coming from overseas, where little or no thought is being given to proper tempering of the metal, resulting in cast iron that is too porous. There are reports of these products literally falling apart in place when they are loaded up and heated to a high temperature. Bye, bye, house. How much money did you save again?! Further, with a cast iron stove when the fire goes out, you KNOW it. The heat is G-O-N-E gone.

Not so with the soapstone. I used to load up the fairly small firebox at about 10 pm. At 6am the following morning, although the fire was out, there was still enough residual heat to keep the house relatively comfortable. In the woodstove realm, you DO get what you pay for. This is not a place to save money. Quit smoking, become a vegeatarian, drive less, etc, if you feel you must save money, but DO NOT go cheap on a woodstove. Stick with a reputable U.S. manufacturer. Nothing against Jotul and the other reputable imports, but in that case you are paying for snob appeal and sky-high shipping costs.

We did buy the soapstone stove, a model for smaller homes that had just come out that year. It was everything promised and more. While I have not lived in that house from more than twenty years now, I am told that Mr. Frugal loves to brag about his beautiful woodstove and what a smart buy it was, especially after all these years. So to answer your question, yes, the soapstone is well worth the extra money. Cast iron just doesn't compare. In the long run, the soapstone will save you money simply by needing less wood to provide the same level of heat/comfort, whether you buy your wood or have to haul your own wood and buy gas and oil for your chainsaw. Bon chance on your decision.

P.S. When comparing soapstone stoves, total stove weight is a good comparison factor. The heavier the stove is, the more soapstone it contains, which makes for a higher quality stove (more heat retention). Recently informed that my oil furnace is on its' last leg, I have decided to replace it with a gas-fired soapstone stove. Having been wheel-chair bound for ten years now, my wood-hauling days are over. But after looking at the estimate for a new furnace, a soapstone stove will cost less and become a beautiful, more comfortable addition to my home. The gas models even come with remote control thermostats, so if I want a tad more heat, I can sit in my chair and just push a button. Now living on an island in the North Atlantic where power outages can be frequent and prolonged, these little beauties require no electricity whatsoever. You just can't lose with soapstone stoves. Incidentally, the company did not pay me to write this. The companies that produce these wonderful products deserve all the praise they get. Most folks are very quick to complain about what they don't like, yet rarely speak up about the positive stuff.....


Morgan Tryana Lintereur    Posted 11-25-2004 at 14:47:21       [Reply]  [No Email]


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Abe Eicher    Posted 02-03-2004 at 08:36:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The product is great, but the after sales service is unbelievably bad. Fact is it SUCKS. Strongly recommend second sourcing for catalytic combustor elements. Shop around you can get then at half the price with good customer service.


Mr. John Darnell Garber    Posted 03-29-2003 at 18:18:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I burn corn 1 to 2 bushel will heat my 2800 foot home on the coldest days . I keep it 72 when it is 0 out w no problem .we got a bulk bin out side so we dont need to work w corn it takes care of it self


Corn Burner    Posted 04-25-2005 at 09:40:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I now burn corn to heat my house with a corn burning boiler. I have put up the whole experience on a web site complete with a forum for talking about issues related to alternative fuels. The web site is at: http://www.iburncorn.com


Old Sarge    Posted 11-26-2002 at 13:40:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Got one two years ago. Best stove I ever had. We're buying another one fer the other end of the house.

If you've got a good bank of coals, 2 6-8" logs (oak or most any hardwood) will last thru the nite from 8 PM till 6-7 AM. Then stir it up, open draft throw in some lite stuff then fill with heavy stuff. Works great.


When I read Woodstock...    Posted 11-26-2002 at 07:22:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
...thought we were on to something completly different on this board:-), but that I would welcome gladly; I love rock music.

I'm sure the ppl on this board will have the right answers for you, like always. You'll have them comming pretty soon.

Good Morning Gary
Have a great day!
Patria [of course]

PS: hope I didn't offend you in any way.


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