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Need Help Selecting New Stove

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Ohio, Jun 9, 2013.

  1. Ohio

    Ohio New Member

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    Hi,

    I'm new to the forum would advice on selecting a stove to replace our 1984 Kent steel/tile stove. The old Kent stove sits on a pedestal and has about a 2.24 sq ft firebox.

    The new stove should have a pedestal/contemporary design and be able to heat at least as well as the old Kent (house is about 2500 sq ft, highly insulated, passive solar & has an open floor plan that is ideal for a wood stove). The new stove will be a corner install with no clearance issues as the corner walls are mortared stone backed by a concrete foundation.

    Customer service from the manufacturer is important. Other items of importance are burn times of 8+ hours, high efficiency, outside air kit & ash pan.

    Thanks

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  2. jeff_t

    jeff_t Minister of Fire

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    Welcome.

    Cat or non? Steel, cast iron, soapstone? Budget? What do dealers sell in your area?

    Ash pans are overrated.
  3. rideau

    rideau Minister of Fire

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    Maybe the new Woodstock stove? Coming out this Autumn. Quite contemporary.

    Or their Progress Hybrid, which is quite simple and very attractive with large viewing window. Not quite "contemporary", but simple enough to fit just about anywhere. Heats extremely well, and is miserly in wood usage. 12 hour burns, extremely high efficiency, unmatched customer service. Would easily heat your home...maybe three cords a year. Large ash pan available. 6 inch flue, rear or top vent. Full cooktop under the soapstone top. with three different temp elements. Do all my winter cooking on the stove.
  4. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Welcome Ohio. Do you want cat or non-cat? For non-cat, take a look at the Pacific Energy Summit. It is simpler than the Kent, yet more efficient. Also check out the Enviro Kodiak 1700, & Jotul Rangeley. For cat, take a look at Woodstock, Buck and Blaze King stoves.
  5. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Welcome to the forum Ohio.

    Even a highly insulated home with 2500 sq ft will still need some serious heat. Good luck as there are many stoves that will suit you.
  6. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    If the Kent did the job I believe it when he says highly insulated with passive solar. For comparison, my BIL gets away with 1 cord less wood heating his place in mid-NYS, than I do. Reason being a highly insulated, well sealed house with thermal break design. Proper design can make a huge drop in heat loss. But most contractors don't go the mile to do a proper job.
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  7. Ohio

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    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Got the quote Ohio, but nothing else showed up.
  9. Ohio

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    All,

    Thanks. The house is a sips panel house with R-30 + walls & R-40 + plus in ceiling. Solar gain helps a lot.

    Looking for a non-cat stove. Probably steel but open to suggestions. Just want to make a good choice as we would like to have the stove be a long term keeper.
  10. begreen

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    How did the Kent work out? If that was adequate then a PE Spectrum will do the job with good long burn times. If you want a bit more power the Summit is their 3 cu ft version, but I'm not sure you need it for that igloo ;) . Another good line is the Enviro Kodiak 1700.
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    fox9988 Minister of Fire

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    Thats some serious insulation + tight + solar. Did the Kent over heat the house or have to be burned so low that you had smoke/creosote problems?

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