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Review of HearthStone --- Heritage 8021 -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only

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Review of HearthStone --- Heritage 8021 -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
Date Reviewed: 2011-11-26 12:32:59

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): 300 | House Size (Sq feet): 1850
Bought in 2011 , Price Paid: 2995
Location : Berthoud, CO 80513, USA
Purchased from: Home Center/Hardware - Poulsen Ace Hardware

Likes: SIDE DOOR LOADING!! Large front door for loading. Front glass viewing. Log length capacity. Total wood capacity. Beauty. EPA certified. Burn time. Wood use. Ease of startup.

Dislikes: This muther is HEAVY! I'm not sure about the ashpan design/feasibility yet, though the concept was thoughtful. Expensive.

Comments: When I bought my house there was a masonry fireplace in the downwind and sunny corner of the house. We stuck a woodstove in there and for years tried to force the heat to the windy/cold side of the house. When we decided to get smart we shopped for months deciding whether to get a new stove or deal with the same old tank. The tax credit was a positive factor to get a new stove as well as special financing. I was not interested in a catalytic stove because I didn't want to deal with the maintenance of the converter inspection and replacement. Kind of a defeating purpose in my mind. We debated between the Homestead, Heritage and Pheonix. I really liked the idea of side-loading the wood on the Heritage, but also the idea of cast iron on the front with the Pheonix (best of both worlds, quick warmup cast iron front and long lasting heat with soapstone). The Homestead was the most efficient and least polluting of the three. But I really didn't like the ashpan design of the Homestead and the boss (my wife) preferred the looks of the Homestead and Heritage. We ended up with the Heritage. It looks really nice in our home. The break-in fire lit quickly. It holds heat for a long time. It draws well, we have 20 feet of stovepipe. It was my first stove and chimney installation and Joe at Poulsen's Ace was very helpful with advice. Overall I'm sure years down the road I will be glad I spent the money. I like the appearance and function of the Heritage so far. I have a limitless access to wood but efficiency and pollution are important matters to me as well. This stove fit all my intentions for performance, function and appearance. Very happy.

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