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Review of Woodstock Soapstone --- Progress Hybrid -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Woodstock Soapstone --- Progress Hybrid -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into masonry chimney
Date Reviewed: 2013-10-01 02:24:56

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): 400 | House Size (Sq feet): 2000
Bought in 2012 , Price Paid: 2500
Location : Merrill, MI 48637, United States
Purchased from: Direct From Manufacturer -

Caluwe Hydronic Wood and Pellet stoves
Likes: Heats an old house very well. Easy to start. No babysitting. No creosote. No fan noise. Woodstock has been very helpful and honest. Can boil water or warm soup on top. Made my wife change her tune on wood heat. Runs from October to May non-stop. Easy on wood, only 3 cord all winter. No smoke comes out of the chimney, (my neighbors don't even know I burn wood).

Dislikes: Need to take out ash once per week. Vacuum combustor once per month. Installation was a tough job for a newbie. Expensive stove but I think it will payoff in the long haul. Propane vendor wonders what happened to their best customer.

Comments: Burned all winter with only 1 gallon of crude in the chimney. Chimney Sweep said "clean as a whistle." Propane costs made me wonder if we could live in this Michigan farm house in the winter; thanks to the ash borer and Woodstock, we will be staying in this old house. My only improvement would include an optional pizza oven on top and automated draft control. Thanks Woodstock.

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