Q&A Lehmans Stove Rating Chart?

QandA Posted By QandA, Nov 29, 2007 at 5:05 AM

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    Nov 27, 2012

    I am interested in purchasing the largest woodstove with the most heat BTU output which will fit into my fireplace opening. I am somewhat confused as to which stove to buy after looking at the factory BTU ratings and the Lehmans BTU chart. I see some of the stoves are rated to put out 55,000-80,000 and Lehmans chart cuts some of them down almost in half! The 1 stove I was looking to buy is only rated for 37,000 BTU output-I have a 35,000 BTU furnace in my travel trailer. Any thoughts on this comparison table? Thanks


    Perhaps Lehmans is being realistic as to the everyday output of these models, instead of the factory rated maximum. 30,000+ BTU is a lot of heat. For instance, where I live (mid-atlantic area), 35,000 BTU per hour would heat a 1500 sq foot well insulated cape cod house in virtually any weather.

    Another factor to use when comparing similar stoves is the firebox size. A larger firebox usually = more heat and longer burns.
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