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Advice Needed - New Wood Stove

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Ark-Guy, Sep 8, 2011.

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  1. Ark-Guy

    Ark-Guy New Member

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    Need help in selecting a stove for my cabin I am a currently building. I have been reading on here and now it is time to post.

    The details:
    - Cabin will be 20 x 20
    - Primarily a hunting cabin for just me. Recreational use year around.
    - Will have a PTAK (think hotel AC unit) and it has electric heat to supplement when/if necessary. The wood stove will be the primary heat.
    - Location is Arkansas.
    - No attic and would like to vent out of the wall instead of the roof.
    - Firewood is not an issue.

    I had my mind made up on the Vogelzang Lil' Sweatie, but recently saw one in person and was disapponinted in the build quality. I priced a Jotul 602CB and my hair got blown back.

    I would like a wood stove in this design. My grandfathers camp had a stove called #28 Big Box and I loved that stove, but long since gone. I have since been checking out the US Stove 1621, but that has been all online.

    I would like from y'all three things:

    1) Who makes the best boxwood style stove besides Jotul?
    2) Give me suggestions on other stoves, I am open to them.
    3) Would a cylinder stove (Think Canvas Tent Stove) suit my needs?

    Thanks in Advanced,

    Gary

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  2. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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  3. RoseRedHoofbeats

    RoseRedHoofbeats Feeling the Heat

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    Ditto. I have one in my roughly 14x27 ft living room/kitchen of my singlewide, and it will roast us outta there no problem. Nice price point, too.

    ~Rose
  4. HollowHill

    HollowHill Minister of Fire

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    Style-wise, a Morso Squirrel might fit the bill. Don't know of price, tho.
  5. Shadow&Flame

    Shadow&Flame Minister of Fire

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    Welcome to the fold from a fellow Arkie... Great website isnt it.

    I agree with BeGreen that the Englander VL 17 stove seem to be the way to go. If I had the choice of getting a freestanding stove, I would have gone with the Englander stoves...

    Keep us posted.
  6. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Welcome to the forums. What is it about taking the stovepipe straight up inside, then through the roof to daylight that you don't like? It would be a good deal less expensive to go straight up, and if you choose the stove location wisely, you'll need little of the expensive Class A chimney pipe. Rick
  7. Joey

    Joey Feeling the Heat

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    +1 Rick..my thoughts exactly
  8. smallcabin

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    I have had good luck with the US Stove APS1100B in my 16x24 cabin. I get about 4 hour burns out of it and it is more heat than I need. If it matters to you this stove is made in china. You can get it at Tractor Supply for about $449.00 and that includes a blower. I think the Englandler VL 17 looks better and might have longer burns as some people have posted on this site. I might have bought the Englander had the US Stove not been on sale for $350 last year at Tractor Supply. Do some searching on this site and you can learn a lot about the stoves you are interested in. I know I learned a lot from other posters. Good luck
  9. FyreBug

    FyreBug Minister of Fire

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    Just wondering when mods are making suggestions for wood stoves it could be for more than one model/brand. Moderators have a lot of build in credibility for good reasons but making suggestion for the same brand on an ongoing basis might erode this credibility.

    I work for a manufacturer so you can see me coming from a mile away no doubt! ;)

    However, There are many good brands of stoves out there where the value/looks/feature/benefits comparison will benefit the posters in making an educated choice.

    For example there are many brand in big box stores that compares Englander, US Stove, Vogelzang, GHP, ECO-Choice etc... which may provide a good alternative. Note i've not named any of my brands.
  10. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    When we see consistently good feedback at an excellent price that tends to get our attention. Some of the stoves in the small cabin size that you've mentioned are coming from China with lighter gauge steel. Unknown is how long their baffles will stand up or secondary tubes. They are fairly new on the market. Without a doubt, I confess to having a bias towards US or Canadian made stoves when they fit the bill. All these factors come into recommendations. There are also Timberwolf, Drolet and True North stoves that may work out, but for a few hundred more, not delivered. Rather than commenting on other posts, it would be more helpful if you can provide the OP with linked specifics, for stoves with good build quality at a low, delivered price.

    PS: Have not heard of the ECO-Choice before. Thanks for the suggestion. How much does their smallest stove (2 cu ft) WS18 sell for? Do you think a 2 cu ft stove is warranted for installation in a 400 sq ft cabin? This is in Arkansas, not Maine.
  11. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Thoughts . . .

    1) The camp is mainly for hunting and doesn't sound like you're looking for a fancy schmancy stove to impress folks -- just something to keep the place warm.
    2) Price may be an issue based on your surprise at the price of the Jotul.

    I would go with a stove from Englander . . . around here there are lots of happy folks who love the Englanders for their near bullet-proof ability to keep warm . . . many others like them for their price and affordability . . . but most folks who have had any issues or conversations with the company seem to be most impressed with this company's outstanding customer service . . . and a few folks even think they don't look too shabby either. ;)



    Random thoughts . . .

    Not sure why you wouldn't go straight up myself . . . seems to me it would be cheaper and easier to do so.

    Firewood is not an issue . . . in terms of you've got plenty . . . or in terms of you've got plenty of firewood that has been bucked up, split and stacked for well over a year so it will be good and seasoned when you're ready to burn . . . or both a) and b)?
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    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Straight up is what I would do also. Less parts, lower price, better draft, easier cleaning.
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