Review of Woodstock Soapstone --- Fireview -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
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): 200 | House Size (Sq feet): 1763
Bought in 2005 , Price Paid: $2500
Location : Gainesville, GA 30501, USA
Purchased from: Direct From Manufacturer - N/A
The Fireview is perhaps the most beautiful woodstove ever made. The wonderful bed of coals is worth having to empty the ashes with a shovel. It is such a pleasure to just throw a couple of pieces of kindling or small logs and rejuvenate the fire. The even heat is wonderful and constant. The double-paned glass stays clean. The stove burns well and does not have to be "baby-sat."
Buying from the manufacturer is more suited to "do-it-yourselfers" (which I am). You may find it hard to find an installer who will install it for you. You should really make sure you know what you are doing before attempting to install this stove.
Woodstock needs to "supersize" this stove for larger houses.
I have owned a Jotul Firelight and Vermont Castings Encore before the Fireview. Both were OK but the glass had to be constantly cleaned. Both were quick to go out (completely) because of the grate emptying the ashes into the ash pan. Believe me, having to restart a fire from scratch in the middle of a freezing cold night is no fun.
Bought the "outside air adapter" and rear heat shield with mine. I would not recommend installing any woodstove in a modern house without outside air--they just don't draw very well.
I really like the placement of the cat combuster (it is on top of the firebox and can be seen through the glass). If you turn the air down to just the right level the combuster glows beautifully red. No other stove compares. Worth every penny--gas savings is paying for it!
* Dates that reviews were submitted were not recorded prior to Nov. 2004