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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: 2011-10-25 11:38:45

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): 600 | House Size (Sq feet): 1200
Bought in 2010 , Price Paid:
Location : , AR ,
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Congo Stove Works

Likes: Nice looking, puts out reasonable amount of heat for the type of unit it is. Fire control is good with the vent on the front. When cranking just puts out nice, even heat. Fire looks good in the large viewing area.

Dislikes: Slow to warm up (seemingly) - even with very seasoned wood it takes over an hour before it's totally warmed up and putting out really good heat. Firebox too small for overnight burns. Says you can use 16" logs - but that's ONLY if there is no other wood in the stove. Realistically expect 12" or less which makes for a special wood pile for this little stove.

Comments: Was primary heater for my house last winter. Longest USEFUL burn I got out of the stove is roughly 4 hrs. It will burn longer with coals but by then the useful heat is gone. I have to really burn the stove hot to keep the house warm - which it will do with constant care and feeding. I intend now that my house project is completed that this be an occasional stove to heat the kitchen/dining area only. In hindsight a metal stove might be better used to quickly heat up the area in the mornings. I didn't opt for the blower unit - may help heat the area quicker. Nonetheless dealer assured me it would heat my area - and it does - with constant reloading. I do have a vaulted living area, too, that I'm sure doesn't help. Anyway I'm not unhappy enough to go to Plan B - but if this were still the only stove for my house I'd really consider replacing it. Naturally my dealer does NOT offer a satisfaction guarantee - so it's still on me. BUT - for the next size up in Hearthstone was another $1,000 or so for the Heritage and it's not worth doing right now.

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