Review of Woodstock Soapstone --- Fireview -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into existing Fireplace
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): 360 | House Size (Sq feet): 2800
Bought in 2008 , Price Paid: 2300
Location : Edwardsburg, MI 49112, USA
Purchased from: Direct From Manufacturer -
Warm even heat, beautiful looks, quality construction, excellent instructions/manual, almost no smoke or odor outside when catalyst is engaged, 3-4 hour run time on a single loading with high heat output, coals in the morning to get a quick fire started.
If you let this stove get "cold", it takes a couple of hours to start feeling heat. This stove is built for continuous use, not occasional fires. Andiron bolts need to be tightened frequently. Air inlet damper alone would not regulate burn times, had to install a stove pipe damper to get the stove up to temperature AND have longer burn times(this is partly a con of the stove and a pro for our chimney which is very powerful).
We purchased this stove in February of 2008 to battle $700 per month propane bills. Our house is a two story, 2,800 square feet and has lots of windows. We built a hearth in front of an existing fireplace with an enclosed, interior triple wall chimney. Woodstock suggested a stainless steel flex liner for this application and so did two local vendors of other woodstove brands. The liner installation took some effort and is not for the mechanically challenged. Our house could probably use a woodstove with an output greater than the Fireview, but space is limited in our family room. The existing 100,000 BTU/hr furnace used to run 5 to 10 hours per day to keep this house at 68 degrees during the winter, without any help. With three cold Michigan months to evaluate the Fireview, we have discovered it can maintain a 40 degree differential with the outside temperature in our application. If the outside temperature is 30 degrees, the Fireview will easily maintain a 70 degree inside temperature. When the temperature falls into the 20s and teens, the furnace runs along with the wood stove. When the outside temperature is above 30, a single load of wood will last us about 3-4 hours before the stove starts to cool. If the outside temperature is in the teens or twenties, a single load of wood will last 1.5- 2 hours before the stove starts to cool. One cord of wood and 15 to 25 gallons of propane each month keeps our house toasty ($200). Before the fireview, we constantly tended a glass door wood fireplace and used about 300 gallons of propane each month from November through February. This stove is a piece of art and is the focal point of our living room. The window coats with ash if you allow the logs to touch it or if you let ash build up behind the andirons. If you let the stove cool, the window is easily cleaned with dry paper towel.
* Dates that reviews were submitted were not recorded prior to Nov. 2004