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1st Burn on Hearthstone Mansfield

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by pgerhardt, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. pgerhardt

    pgerhardt New Member

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    After using a Hearthstone II that came with our old house we just replaced it with a brand new Mansfield in Seafoam. Which btw is not shown in the catalog for some reason. The paperwork says it was mfg in '06 and we bought it from dealer in MD Glynden Gardens as a leftover. Pix of 1st burn on my blog at www.pgerhardt.blogspot.com. Not quite as heavy duty as the old Hearthstone II but it sure is pretty and will be much more efficient I am certain.

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  2. pen

    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    Be interesting to hear your comparisons as this season progresses.

    Brought the pic here for easy viewing. Great looking unit!

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    pen
  3. BrowningBAR

    BrowningBAR Minister of Fire

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    I believe the Mansfield will put out more heat than the Hearthstone II. If I recall correctly, the Hearthstone II was comparable to the Heritage when it came to heat.

    And that's the same color Mansfield I nearly bought in July...
  4. Stump_Branch

    Stump_Branch Minister of Fire

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    Im right sure i saw that stove. Glydon gardens is right up the road from me, great stove store. Browning should you buy new...you already drove past it for the encore..and their prices where the best ive seen. Was still a bit much for me butt, nice place.
  5. shawneyboy

    shawneyboy New Member

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    I have the exact same stove. Wife wanted Soapstone (looks nice even in the summer) works for me (I like the heating mass). You will love that stove, just get through the learning curve and enjoy.

    Shawn
  6. pgerhardt

    pgerhardt New Member

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    Shawn
    So what have you learned about running the Mansfield?
    The Hearthstone II had too many controls to be easy so I am hoping the new one with only one control and possibly cracking the door will be easier. I figure the fire can be laid out about the same way even though the firebox is 5" deeper. I am hoping for easier overnight burns. The Hearthstone II usually required a feeding early in the AM to make it all nite.
  7. jdinspector

    jdinspector Feeling the Heat

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    Boy, that is a great looking stove. I really wanted a Mansfield or Heritage in that color, but the folks at Hearthstone weren't too interested in helping me over the phone or email. I think I posted something about it a few years ago. Further, the local dealer was very disinterested.

    I went with a Woodstock soapstone and am happy. There are a few times during the year that I wish I had a stove the size of the Mansfield or Equinox. (I have decided that the Heritage would have been too small for me).

    Congrats, that seafoam green is great looking.
  8. Jack22

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    That is one nice looking stove. Hearthstone has beautiful stoves. I almost bought one but went with Woodstock instead. Best of luck with it.

    -Jack
  9. shawneyboy

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    I burn mostly White Oak along with some silver maple, but primarily Oak during the coldest times. I have found for an overnight get her loaded up good around 9 or 10 and you will be surprised at how much heat you get along with a good amount of coals in the AM. No need for a reload in the early AM to go all night. I just got the blower fan this season and find it great for shoulder burns, it helps to distribute heat from lower to upper levels of the house.

    I would suggest almost pure N/S loading with what I call the zipper method for coal maitnence. see this thread
    http://www.hearth.com/econtent/index.php/forums/viewthread/65795/

    Then another forum user with the Mansfield tried it... this thread

    http://www.hearth.com/econtent/index.php/forums/viewthread/66254/

    This is an easy to use, easy to control stove (depending on your set up of course) that you will soon (at least I did) love to operate. Make sure you have good fuel and it will keep you very warm. Ask any questions you may have and let us know what, if any issues you have.

    Shawn
  10. pgerhardt

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    The 'zipper' loading looks like a great idea.

    With the Hearthstone II I usually loaded from the side door which I may miss but the larger frount door on the mansfield will probablly do. It seems like the larger firebox will be nice. I usually buy mixed hardwood from the local wood people but some wood I get myself. All oak seems worth the extra $$ in the really cold wx. I wish I had a truck after the last hurricane there was a lot of wood for the taking around here in MD.

    What is a good axe for splitting?

    I usually buy 20-21" wood for the Hearthstone II and the Mansfield looks like you can load that front to back w/o using the side door.

    We repainted the living room to go with the stove and now we are enjoying doing the trim and we are starting on the outside porch.
  11. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    What have you used previously? Check out the Gear forum for posts about the Fiskars X-27. It's light, you can generate a lot of speed,
    and the thin head gets deeper into the round with less resistance.
    A 6# maul is always good, too...
  12. shawneyboy

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    I cut mine at 18 . I would not go 21. You want some air in the front and back of the splits, 18 seems perfect for the Mansfield, IMHO perhaps a smidge bigger since I only estimate when I cut. Anything like 21 inches I would probably put on top of a N/S load on an angle.

    As far as a splitting axe, for sure look in the gear section, different strokes for different folks I have a super splitter off brand, but others swear by the super splitter. I also have some wedges and a 8 pound maul. I hand split all of my wood, 16 cod this year. Now I am finally 5 years ahead I can take it a bit easier.

    Have fun, stay warm, and stay on this forum. Great group here that can answer almost any question you could have.

    Shawn
  13. pgerhardt

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    Sitting here enjoying the Mansfield. So far have hardly used the oil heat at all except for the hot water. Have burned a bunch of not old enough, but free 'hurricane wood' from Aug. Have mixed this wood with some leftover oak from last season and have been getting good heat. The stove holds heat overnight much better than the Hearthstone II and I am not sorry I got the larger stove. Next week I am buying a load of commercial wood and will probably cut some more small pieces of trees downed last year in the hurricane. I did have to clean the pipe once, probably due to burning too much of the 'free' wood. Still learning to use the larger size but the zipper loading works well if you keep your wood short enough. I have been burning what I have though and it will usually go all night and at least have enough coals to get going easily in the AM. The new stove and the warm WX hopefully will keep the oil bill down some this year. The Fall was easy, now comes the winter...
  14. shawneyboy

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    As it should be.... Glad to hear you are pleased.

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