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

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Review of HearthStone --- Homestead -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
Date Reviewed: 2011-12-15 09:27:19

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): 350 | House Size (Sq feet): 2100
Bought in 2010 , Price Paid: $2300
Location : Brandon, SD 57005, Minnehaha
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Fireplace Professionals

Likes: Very nice heat, doesn't come on strong like steel or cast.
Beautiful, this is one of the most beautiful stoves there is.
Large viewing window.
Excellent build quality.
Simple

Dislikes: Relatively shallow firebox. (This is a trad-off for a large viewing window)
Smokes when the door is fully open for loading.
Window darkens quickly when burning slow.

Comments: I bought this unit in 2010 when there was a 30% tax break for certain alternative fuel appliances. That made it a very good deal. My original vision was to have an alternative heat source in case of power outage or if the furnace fails. Hearthstone lists this unit capable of heating 1800 ft. sq. so I figured it would be adequate for my home for supplemental heat only. I live in a split-level, well insulated modern home and I can tell you that this unit is absolutely more than capable of heating my entire home very comfortably, it's not just show. The woodstove is located in a large living room in the basement and typically with a steady fire going the room will be 76-78 degrees, upstairs it will be 73-75 and our rooms stay warm as well without having to run the furnace fan. If that sounds oppressively hot, all I can say is that woodstove heat is completely different than a furnace, much better. I seem to be going through about a 1/2 cord of ash/elm a month. The design of the stove doesn't lend itself that well to keeping smoke in, with the door wide open...that is something I have accepted as part of the personality of the stove. Overall pleased.

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