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Is There an Insert With an Thermostat?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Malatu, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. Malatu

    Malatu New Member

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    I used to own a woodstove back in the mid 80's that had a built-in thermostat that would control the burn. Is there a company that makes an insert that has a built in thermostat?

    How reliable are they these days. The stove I owned overheated once in the middle of the night when the thermostat stuck open. That plate iron stove was glowing bright red. Scared the crap out of me.

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  2. kingquad

    kingquad Minister of Fire

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    Blaze King Princess Insert. They are reliable.
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    dafattkidd Minister of Fire

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    Based on many reviews here, blaze king is the answer.
  4. Malatu

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    Any other insert manufactures with the thermostat (just to compare)?

    Any with a thermostat that aren't cat stoves?
  5. kingquad

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    Built in, not really. I think the Buck Stove Catalytic models have built in T-stats. I'm not completely sure though. I know the Buck 91 does for sure. Built in T-stats seems to be a catalytic stove thing. Try the Country Flame BBF and the Kuma Sequoia. Keep in mind that these are all very big inserts. How much space are you trying to heat?
  6. kingquad

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    I don't think so. At least none that I know of.
  7. Malatu

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    1000 sq ft. I am considering the Clydesdal or the Pacifica T5. Neither are cats. There are things I like about both. If I could put the door of the Clydesdale on the T5, that's the insert I'd purchase.
  8. kingquad

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    Clydesdale is the best look insert made IMO. But, I'd probably go with the T5 if I were only heating 1000sqft.
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  9. Malatu

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    Why do you favor the T5 over the Clydesdale if only for heating?
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    Dont think so, only t-stats I know of is BK and VC.
  11. kingquad

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    At 1000sqft, I think the Clydesdale could be a bit much. T5 is smaller but can still pull off an overnight burn pretty easily.
  12. kingquad

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    Sorry Todd, I was thinking cat probe thermometers. I was in a post turkey coma while posting last night. Booze wasn't helping my situation either:)
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    mellow Resident Stove Connoisseur

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    If you like to tinker and are handy you could always add on a digital thermostat, check out SmartStove
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    I'd still be interested in why you prefer the T5 over the Clydesdale.
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    Fireplace dimensions usually are the first factor in choosing an insert. What can you fit?
  16. Malatu

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    Mine can accommodate either.
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    How have I never seen this before? Does anyone on hearth have one?
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    Not that I am aware of, depending on the stove/insert it might require a fair amount of fabrication to get it to work.
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    I'm just thinking for your particular situation. I had a 2.5cuft stove, and they put out a ton of heat. The T5 has a smaller firebox, so it won't throw as much heat. I do prefer the square firebox and the stainless steel baffle of the T5.
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    A basic SmartStove system with the wireless User Interface that supports draft control costs $250.
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    Where do you buy them? There web site does not look as though they are selling them direct.
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  25. ControlFreak

    ControlFreak Feeling the Heat

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    I just noticed this thread...

    Yes, SmartStove is my product. I developed this starting in 2004 and reached the point in 2010 when I could consider the development completed. The intent has always been to get it integrated into the stove at the manufacturer. In Oct 2010 I visited about 8 different stove manufacturers to get that started. Two purchased evaluation systems, but none as of yet have made the decision to integrate the system. After wearing myself out chasing companies, I've been laying low, and shipping systems to individuals to find my site and demonstrate the fortitude to go through the mechanical work to retrofit their stove. I have figured that it would be good to quietly build an install base to establish a reputation and work out any subtle bugs. To date, SmartStove is running on these stoves throughout the USA: Earth stove, Englander 13, Napoleon 1401, Napoleon 1402, Hampton HI300, Sierra 8000, Regency ZC insert. The system is reliable and repeatable and people using it rarely bother me with any issues.
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