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Review of HearthStone --- Mansfield -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only

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Review of HearthStone --- Mansfield -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into masonry chimney
Date Reviewed: 2005-10-28 09:22:46

Satisfaction Ratings from 5 stars (best) to 1 star (worst)
Satisfaction with unit = ✰✰✰✰✰
Satisfaction with dealer = ✰✰✰✰✰
Satisfaction with manufacturer =

Other Information about the Home and Stove
Room Size (Sq ft): 725 | House Size (Sq feet): 2500
Bought in 2003 , Price Paid: 1979
Location : East Burke, VT 5832, USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Chimney Sweep II

Caluwe Hydronic Wood and Pellet stoves
Likes: The colors in the soapstone are beautiful; we get a lot of comments from guests on the attractiveness of this stove. The large glass door allows for excellent fire viewing (we call the Mansfield our wood-fired TV). The soapstone holds heat for a long time and steadily radiates it to the room and the house. Since the heat is less intense than that of a cast-iron stove, the room doesn't get uncomfortably hot. The flame pattern is beautiful and sometimes reminds me of the northern lights that occasionally enliven the night sky here in northeastern Vermont.

Dislikes: The flat rectangular ash pan is useless; in fact, I don't use it at all. I clean out the ash by scraping the live coals to one side, then use a shovel to remove the excess and place it inside a lidded metal pail. I don't much like the looks of the legs, which are a bit rococo for my taste.

Comments: The Mansfield is a serious woodstove that give a good all-night burn. When remodeling our 1850s farmhouse, I set things up so that we could heat entirely with wood. Each of the last two years, I heated this fairly large house on just over 3 cords (mainly sugar maple and yellow birch cut here on our land). The Mansfield is perfect for those long stretches of consistently cold weather that often grip the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont: day after day of highs in the single digits or teens, and nights down to 20 and even 30 below. The stove just keeps putting out that gentle, even heat. I work out of my home, so I can feed and adjust the stove frequently. Hooked up to an interior masonry chimney (built during remodeling), the Mansfield burns very cleanly.
It is paired with a small Jotul (3CB) on the other side of the chimney in the kitchen. I use the Jotul during fall and early winter, fire up the Mansfield when the weather gets really cold, and switch back to the Jotul in spring. So far, this setup has worked very well.
When planning the remodel of our house, I took a floorplan to Peter L'Esperance of Chimney Sweep II in Barre, and he gave me very good advice on which types of stoves would fit my needs.

* Dates that reviews were submitted were not recorded prior to Nov. 2004