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  1. firecracker_77

    firecracker_77 Minister of Fire

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    I really enjoyed my time with a Hearthstone 1 today. Massive and a huge firebox compared to my little Heritage. You could throw large splits in there and really pack it full. The heat output is way higher for obvious reasons and the burn was controllable with the little damper and Fisher style air screw adjustment on the side door. The picture doesn't offer a good glimpse into this box, but these splits which are decent sized were put in the middle with a good foot of clearance on the far side away from the side door. In other words, she could hold quite a few large chunks of wood if it was really cold outside and you were looking for a long burn. I think firebox is in the 4.4 cubic foot range and there is no delicate baffle at the top that you have to gingerly load around.

    Given the age and weight, not a stove for everyone, but I really liked test driving one today.


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  2. argali66

    argali66 New Member

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    I have this same stove. It is the Best thing I have done for my house and family. It retains and puts out heat for a long time. I have only used 1/2 a cord of wood and we have been burning off and on since early October. Now that it is colder I am using the wood more, but with a 4.5 Cubic Foot firebox, I can load that baby up and have the house warm and toasty for hours on end. It's easy to operate, and easy on the eyes. I know there are more efficient stoves nowadays, but I gotta say that these things are sleepers. I did some HVAC work and put vents in the walls that go into the upstairs in the living room and now are upstairs feels like central heat and air when you go up to go to bed.
  3. firecracker_77

    firecracker_77 Minister of Fire

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    My only complaint with these is I wish they had a slightly better viewing glass on the front, but overall, was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it, especially that firebox size. It's not a practical choice for me given it's size and heat output, but very cool overall for the right space.
  4. argali66

    argali66 New Member

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    I like the way the windows are in the front. It looks spooky when the fire is dancing in the back. The glass that came with it is frosted and makes it do that. I have actually thought about buying a pair of ceramic glass panels for it to be able to see the fire straight on though...
  5. firecracker_77

    firecracker_77 Minister of Fire

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    I did like it too. Kinda' cool. Personal preference is to watch the fire, but it is pretty spooky like you said. The best part of the stove is no baffle at the top to worry about. Stuff it to the gills and don't worry about it.
  6. Dakotas Dad

    Dakotas Dad Minister of Fire

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    Good lookin' rock, that's for sure.
  7. Rich L

    Rich L Minister of Fire

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    That's my favorite stove.I've seen that thing heat a ski lodge for a weekend on just one load.Folk were trying to cool it down to no avail and didn't dare put any more wood in it.
  8. BrowningBAR

    BrowningBAR Minister of Fire

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    Sounds like my type of stove.
  9. Rich L

    Rich L Minister of Fire

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    I've told this story many times.Most think I'm joking but that stove is no joke.
    I saw a Equinox for sale on craig's list for $1500.00.When I got there it was a Hearthstone I.I offered them $500.00 they said seven I said it'll cost me up to six hundred to move the stove they didn't budge.So I told them to call me if they change their mind.That was last month.So we'll see.I did find two guys who said they would move it for $200.00 though no two will move that.The beat goes on.
  10. BrowningBAR

    BrowningBAR Minister of Fire

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    Two dollies, a flat bed trailer, and some strong straps.
  11. firecracker_77

    firecracker_77 Minister of Fire

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    My brother fabricated a crane device. Lift stove with crane, slide along crane rail, set back down, move crane, repeat process. This stove is a monster.

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