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

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Review of HearthStone --- Tribute -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
Date Reviewed: 2010-02-12 10:38:08

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): 520 | House Size (Sq feet): 2500
Bought in 2006 , Price Paid: 1260.00
Location : Bloomingdale, NJ 7403, USA
Purchased from: Mail Order/Internet Retailer - Lehman\'s

Likes: This stove is very attractive. We get lots of compliments on it. It is very well made and the castings are very good. The soapstone is polished beautifully. Big fire viewing area for size. The hearth pad required is small, so great for a smaller room. Close clearance of 7\" to wall with optional rear heat shield. Puts off a nice gentle heat and keeps heating up to 3 degrees more for a couple of hours after the fire goes out. We are able to heat most of our 1,250 sq ft. upstairs with this small stove, 70F in the living area and kitchen, 65F in the bedrooms down the hall. My house is newer and very well insulated. I would say if you live in New England or have an older home, not well insulated, then 1,000 square feet max would be more realistic. We also installed the outside air kit and this keeps it from getting too dry in the house and reduces the floor drafts from pulling house air into the stove. The stove burns very well and with good control.

Dislikes: After changing the door gasket, the door latch was difficult to close and can pop open. Apparently the handles have been changed to address this and I\'m being sent a new handle free of charge under warranty.

Comments: Lehman\'s had a fantastic price and beat local dealers by $300 to $400. They shipped the stove to a FedEx facility near us and we picked it up. Lehman\'s has excellent customer service and technical support. We had 15 ft. total of chimney and were getting some smoke upon opening the door. Added 2 more ft. of chimney and no more smoke. Manual says minimum is 14 ft. The stove burns very clean with properly dried wood and got only one cup of soot from first chimney cleaning after the first season of burning. The stove likes very dry wood and so purchase a moisture meter and only burn wood that is 20% or less moisture. I have found 15% or less is ideal. Keep in mind this is a small stove and will require 3 to 4 hour loadings. In the morning, I need to use kindling to restart. If you are looking for a primary 24/7 heater with less fire tending, then go with of the bigger stoves. There is no ash pan, so I shovel out some ashes every 3 day or so.

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