1. Welcome Hearth.com Guests and Visitors - Please enjoy our forums!
    Hearth.com GOLD Sponsors who help bring the site content to you:
    Hearthstone Soapstone and Cast-Iron stoves( Wood, Gas or Pellet Stoves and Inserts)

Need opinion on which stove in my home, Ben Franklin or a Warner

Post in 'Classic Wood Stove Forums (prior to approx. 1993)' started by Leroy_B, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. Leroy_B

    Leroy_B Member

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2010
    Messages:
    62
    Loc:
    Southern N.H.
    I need some expert opinions regarding which wood stoves I recently bought will be used in the house I just bought last year of approximately 1200 sq. ft. ranch and the other stove will be used in a 2 car garage. One stove is a Ben Franklin and the other is a Warner. The Franklin has no baffle below the 8" flue outlet and the Warner has a baffle below the 6" flue outlet. The Warner is a heavier stove than the Ben Franklin and both are brick lined. My main intentions was to use the Warner in place of a Comforter stove in the home and replace the Nightingale in the garage which both aren't brick lined. I used the Comforter over this past winter as my primary heat for the home and it's a pretty blue stove but I wanted a stove with longer burn time at this time. I'm not concerned about the looks, I just want an efficient stove between the two. Some time in the future I'll upgrade to a better stove once I gain more knowledge reading the posts on this forum and viewing sales of stoves on Craigslist.
    Below are pictures of both stoves I recently bought for a few dollars. I've added a picture of the rusty Nightingale as well.

    Attached Files:

    Helpful Sponsor Ads!





  2. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2005
    Messages:
    49,135
    Loc:
    South Puget Sound, WA
    For long burn times, I would clean them up and have a big garage sale in the fall. :lol: Then get an EPA stove.

    From the lot, I like the Warner. No sense putting in an 8" flue unless you really need it.

    Check with local code for stove in garage. It is not allowed in many jurisdictions.
  3. summit

    summit Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2008
    Messages:
    1,903
    Loc:
    central maine
    I'd go with the warner,, have a chimney brush on hand!
  4. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2005
    Messages:
    12,382
    Loc:
    Western Mass.
    The Warner, for sure......
    But that other stuff is NOT a Franklin...they are using his name in vain!............
  5. Fsappo

    Fsappo Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2008
    Messages:
    3,878
    Loc:
    Central NY
    I agree. I'd use the Warner for heat and the other stove as an outdoor burn pit!
  6. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2007
    Messages:
    10,446
    Loc:
    Bend, OR
    Personally, I wouldn't have any of those stoves in my home. Rick
  7. Defiant

    Defiant Vermont Castings Geek

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2007
    Messages:
    2,109
    Loc:
    Old Lyme CT
    fossil x 2, look for an EPA approved stove, less creo is better
  8. Mt Ski Bum

    Mt Ski Bum Member

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2011
    Messages:
    507
    Loc:
    Big Sky, Montana
    Here's what I would do:

    1. sell that old Nightngale for scrap.

    2. use the Franklin as an outdoor firepit

    3. use the Warner to heat the garage

    4. Buy a nice, clean-burning, efficient EPA-approved stove for the house.
  9. cmonSTART

    cmonSTART Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2007
    Messages:
    2,284
    Loc:
    Antrim, NH
    If someone had a gun to my head and I HAD to choose, I would go with the Warner. But please burn dry wood and sweep very often.

    Home Depot has some great prices on EPA approved stoves right now if they're still in stock.. Englander 13, 30 etc. Some are selling for a few hundred bucks.

Share This Page