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Soapstone Wood burning stove from NH
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Burlgoat from Texas    Posted 01-27-2003 at 15:06:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Have any of you known about soapstone wood burning stoves made by Woodstock in West Lebanon, NH? From their website and owner's comments, it sounds great! Expensive at first, but in the long run will save you lots of money in conventional heating and even wood!

Now that we have the brownish concrete floors, appliances, bar stools, and the rustic wood that my wife wants inside her new add-on, we have to find either a fireplace or woodstove that will last us a life-time. Getting the wood to burn is absolutely no problem...if I ever get to go back to the farm! This honey-do list gets longer and longer! I've seriously considered becoming un-retired and go back to work. I never worked this hard being an HVAC TECH/Supervisor for 40 years! BUT, it's a LITTLE LESS Stressful...don't know if it's worth it though, Ha Ha.......

DeadCarp - fireplace?    Posted 01-27-2003 at 18:50:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've tried to learn to like fireplaces but no matter who makes them, how much clearance the need or how charming they look, they dominate a room by stealing a whole potential furniture wall, they don't provide enough heat and they waste wood. Add the constant soot and ashes and you can understand why mine is stopped-off with insulation. I use the outdoor furnace (or the little sauna stove in the basement) and wish somebody wanted this fireplace - then i'd have the wall back ..

Old Sarge    Posted 01-27-2003 at 17:27:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We've got one and have another one ordered. Course we have a LARGE house built in 1912 before they knew about insulation. The one we have is in use all winter and it works great. Sure it was pricey but is worth every dollar.

We have lots of oak to burn in it, especially after last years tornado. Fill it up at night before going to bed, just stir it up at 7-8 in the morning, fill it up and it's good for 8-12 hrs. Very little ashes to carry out. The catalyc burner burns the smoke so what does go up the chimney is almost cool.

We have the one with the glass front. When the fire does go out it takes forever, least it seems like, to cool down.

Oh one more thing they are HEAVY. Shipping weight on ours was 465 lbs. They are built on a framework, which then becomes the crate. Better have a good hand truckl available to move it into the house.

Les...fortunate    Posted 01-27-2003 at 16:19:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, I'm from NH and can't tell you anything about that brand. My brother and a neighbor have the Vermont Castings stoves and they both love them.
I have an outdoor furnace. As nice as an indoor wood stove is, I sleep better at night knowing I'll never have another chimney fahr, there's no smoke, soot, ashes, dirt, spiders, ants or any of the other debris and headaches that comes with having wood burning inside your house.

Salmoneye    Posted 01-27-2003 at 15:48:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You may also want to look at Hearthstone stoves...nice site and they are soapstone also...My Father-In-Law swears by them...

Personally, I will stick to my old Ashley...has a steel firebox inside a sheet metal frame...hard to brand yourself on it, and with a 5 year old it is the way to go...Works like a charm and I just can not justify the outlay for a 'new' stove...I have seven stoves here...Only 3 are installed...I think I have enough to last me for a while yet...


Mike D.    Posted 01-27-2003 at 15:17:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
I can't tell you a thing about that Soapstone stove. I think the world of the Vermont Castings stoves. Several in our extended family. They are good on wood too. As for an air tight heater I don't know if you can get any better then theirs. Our stove is an Englander. It is in our basement and tied in to the duct system. Very good heater. Keeps the floors toasty warm and the heat finds its way to the 2nd. floor with the fan running or not. A neighbor nearby decided to not go with the Soapstone and bought a Dutchwest stove. He has had very good results with it and saved a ton of money. Just food for thought, and good luck on your selection.

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