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Review of Osburn --- 1800 -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Osburn --- 1800 -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into masonry chimney
Date Reviewed: 2009-11-24 16:06:54

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): 1200 | House Size (Sq feet): 2400
Bought in 2008 , Price Paid: 1800
Location : Annapolis Valley, N.S. , Canada
Purchased from: Home Center/Hardware - Rona

Likes: The bay window on this wood stove makes it aesthetically pleasing and a pleasure to watch. Good burn time.

Dislikes: The smaller maximum log size of 16\" makes it somewhat awkward to load, I have found it necessary to frequently load the wood diagonally, and at the same time the smaller box means that it needs to be tended to on a regular basis. The depth from the lip of the box (just below the opening of the door) to the bricks below is not deep enough, consequently a lot of ash and sometimes coal fall out during the loading process. The two smaller windows tend to get quite dirty, it seems that the air wash system works primarily on the largest of the three windows. The ash removal opening is located toward the back of the stove making it awkward to use therefore I find myself using an ash bucket. In short this is a labour intensive stove

Comments: This was the first woodstove that I have owned and as such I was under the impression that its size (supposedly able to heat a home up to 1800 sq. feet) meant that it be more than adequate to heat our home. The main area of the house that I was attempting to heat is approximately 1200+ sq. feet. To complicate matters more house also has very large windows and fronts the Bay of Fundy which can have some very high winds (all of this is a recipe for a heating disaster for a smaller to mid size wood stove). To make the wood stove task even more difficult is the fact that we have a large cathedral ceiling area. It was my incorrect expectation that it would be able to provide enough heat to keep us warm even when the outside temperature dropped below -15 degrees Celsius. However in spite of my lack of knowledge re woodstoves it did remarkably well. It was simply undersized to meet the task at hand.

Given the right situation this is a very pleasant stove, and under better circumstances it would have performed much better.

I learned my lesson and I am replacing it. After reading a lot of reviews I have decided to purchase a Pacific Energy Summit stove.

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