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Review of Woodstock Soapstone --- Keystone -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Woodstock Soapstone --- Keystone -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into existing Fireplace
Date Reviewed: 2011-07-06 13:36:09

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): 1000 | House Size (Sq feet): 2000
Bought in 2010 , Price Paid: $2200.00
Location : Chippewa Falls, WI 54729, USA
Purchased from: Direct From Manufacturer - Woodstock Soapstone Co.

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Likes: exceeds manufactures claims, friendly professional customer service, awesome looks

Dislikes: Wish the fire box was just a tad larger, maybe 2.0 cu ft instead of 1.5. If you turn down the air too soon before stove is up to temp the glass may darken around the edges. It would be nice to have an easier acsess to the cat like the Fireview.

Comments: After burning a Woodstock Fireview in my finished basement for 5 seasons with little complaints I decided to modify my upstairs Heatform fireplace and install a Keystone. After installation and burning it for a full season I couldn't be happier. This stove can be turned way down to a low burn and easily achieve consistant 12 hour burns with a full load of well dried Oak. If you need more heat just turn up the air a 6-8 hour burn will throw tons of heat. Between the Fireview and Keystone I had no problem keeping the whole house 80 in the coldest below zero days and nights. Actually was a little too warm at times.

The larger window makes for a great fire display and the ash pan system is very slick, something that would be a great mod for the Fireview.

After a full season with my new Keystone I purchased another in Mar 2011 and sold my Fireview to a friend. I liked the looks and ash pan option better and also figured 2 Keystones can easily handle 2000 sq ft which they do very well. The basement stove alone pretty much heats the whole house on average Winter days and I like to burn the other stove on colder days. I have to remind myself once per month to turn on the gas furnace to make sure it still works.

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