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

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Review of Woodstock Soapstone --- Fireview -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into existing Fireplace
Date Reviewed: prior to Nov. 2004*)

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): 240 | House Size (Sq feet): 1840
Bought in 2001 , Price Paid: appr $2150.00
Location : Salem, Orego , US
Purchased from: Mail Order/Internet Retailer - Mike H.

Likes: The Fireview is most attractive woodstove I have found. Everything the company claims that the stove will do is true. The soapstone-stove stone hold the heat for a longer time rather than the steel plate metal or total cast iron stoves. The soapstone woodstove are more of a constant, even, gentler heat. They do not have the pecks and valleys of hot and cold like metal stoves. I had no problems receiving my stove or ordering it from 3000 miles across the country. I cannot say enough good things about the helpful staff at WoodStock. The staff is not car salesmen. They truly help you with choosing what is best for your home.

Dislikes: The stove is very heavy, which I donít really mind, 485 lbs. The handle on the door to load the wood could be better designed with a coil spring like the one for the top closure to radiate the heat from the hot handle. I truly wish that the WoodStock company would make a larger Fireview woodstove for 2250 to 3000 sq. ft plus homes. I think many people with large homes would purchase one. Note: I have been told that people do heat large home depending on the style of the house. But a larger model would be nice.

Comments: I must of called WoodStock Company two dozen times and wrote to them several times before purchasing a WoodStock Fireview woodstove model. I also wrote to a half a dozen homeowners or more and called all around the United State to as many people that I could find that has these types of woodstoves. This is one of the best rating of any woodstoves that I found. The customer service is excellent to deal with and very knowledgeable. The WoodStock Fireview woodstove has lived up all that the company claims. I have had the stove operating since the October and have been very pleased they the stove so far. I havenít had to clean the glass since October 1 of this year when I first starting the stove. At noon today I put in three 4 to 6 inch round pieces of oak in it before leaving for work. My wife said the stove temperature was approximately 300 degrees when she came home at 7:00 PM; house was warm and she installed a couple of pieces of wood. The far back bedrooms are somewhat cool, but comfortable; remember I have a ranch style house and the woodstove is at the other end. Note: I conducted over 6 months of extensive research in to purchasing a woodstove. Read my report on the Forum (Consumer Report on Woodstoves Revised). I believe so far I have found the best woodstove for the dollar.

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