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New Osburn Matrix Product Line

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by dafattkidd, Sep 1, 2012.

  1. dafattkidd

    dafattkidd Minister of Fire

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    Looks like Osburn put out a new line of Matrix stove and insert. Matrix has the firebox of the Osburn 2000 (2.1 cf) with a modern aesthetic.

    http://www.osburn-mfg.com/product.aspx?CategoId=1&Id=582

    matrix stove.jpeg
    The stove has a steel box with a cast iron and soap stone top. Comes with a blower and ash drawer. It also has options for soapstone panels on the sides, and a fresh air kit.

    http://www.osburn-mfg.com/product.aspx?CategoId=7&Id=583

    matrix insert.jpeg
    The insert is a flush mount steel box with a cast iron surround. It has an optional projection kit, fire screen and fresh air kit. I really like the look of this unit.


    They're offering $200 as I guess an introductory sale. I'd love to hear if anyone buys these units.

    I like the modern look of both of these units. If they are constructed like my 2400i, I'm sure they are well built. I love the idea of storing/priming your next load of wood beneath the stove. As for the insert, I like the idea that the surround is cast iron. I would guess that would radiate a bit of heat. However one thing I love about my unit is the fact that it protrudes 8-9" into the room allowing a significant amount of heat to radiate even without the fan going. With the flush mount this is lost (I assume).

    What's do you think?

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  2. Dunragit

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    they look good
  3. FyreBug

    FyreBug Minister of Fire

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    I've had a lot of hands on this unit. Not as a user but as the mfg. We are upscaling Osburn in Quality and brand. You will see a lot more cast and soapstone coming from Osburn in the near future.

    As you've said, it's the same firebox as the 2000 so its proven. Both unit come standard with the blower and hidden from view. The insert blower is on rail and the stove control is at the front but hidden. The stove can have soapstone inserts as an option.
  4. dafattkidd

    dafattkidd Minister of Fire

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    Awesome. Looks good, fyrebug. I was hoping to hear from you. I thought I'd get more action with this thread.
  5. etiger2007

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    I like both but really like the stove version with the soap stone panels better.
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    Love the appearance. Quite frankly if those would have been available when we bought ours we would given them a hard look for sure. Too bad that there seems to be no Osburn dealer in VT. :(
  7. weatherguy

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    I really like the looks of the insert, it would look great in my upstairs fireplace, its stone similar to the pic above.
  8. Todd

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    I like it. Usually I don't like that modern look but the soapstone gives it a little more pop.
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    They look quite nice.

    Glad to hear that Osburn are upscaling. I have always felt that they could easily achieve a higher quality (it is already great). I am certain it will attract an entire new brand of clients!

    Andrew
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    The insert looks awesome. I have the 2000 insert and putting in a flush fan is a nice option to have.
  11. dafattkidd

    dafattkidd Minister of Fire

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    I forgot about this thread. I really like the look of that insert. I wonder if any members have these?
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    Heatsource Minister of Fire

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    ^ my new display model should be coming in tomorrow :)
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    corey21 Minister of Fire

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    Nice looking stove.
  14. jeffesonm

    jeffesonm Feeling the Heat

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    I just installed mine about two weeks back... so far very pleased with it. Still need to do the block off plate and put in some stone to fill the gap above the stove and across the back wall to the right of the fireplace.

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  15. dafattkidd

    dafattkidd Minister of Fire

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    Nice! Good choice Jeff. Is this your first woodburning unit?
  16. etiger2007

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    Very cool, she throwing heat pretty good?
  17. jeffesonm

    jeffesonm Feeling the Heat

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    Yes, first wood burner, about to go through the first winter in my first home :)

    Seems to be doing pretty well so far, although I have nothing to compare it to. House is 1800 sq ft ranch... 40 outside, 70 in the main room with stove and 65 in the back bedroom. One thing is for sure, these 1957 single pane windows have to go!
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    Another thing on this stove/insert... I bought the fresh air kit as my chimney is only 16', and I have a pretty easy way to run it outside. I thought the idea of these things was to increase efficiency by using cold outside air for combustion rather than warm inside air you just heated.

    Looking at where it mounts to the stove though, it's really not clear to me how it will work. Basically there's a knockout on the side of the stove and a flange that bolts on, then the ducting to outside. On the inside it just connects to the open bottom area beneath the firebox where the blower is mounted. While the air intake hole for the damper is down there too, seems like lots of outside air will be pulled into the blower.

    Below is a picture of the bottom of the stove, through that bottom vent. It's a bit tough to see but the hole on the right is where the flange connects in from the ducting and that gray rectangle on the left is the blower. The air intake hole is right near where the damper control goes through the faceplate.

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    It is a very nice unit!!!

    Outside air kits simply allow for a dedicated source of combustion air to the stove. It helps prevent downdrafts and negative pressure issues with an air tight house (atleast that is my understanding lol).
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    I like the look of it.
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    I bought this insert too and, while I like the look of it, I'm not entirely thrilled. As you might expect, the flat front does reduce the surface area exposed to the room, which I suspect makes it more dependent on the fan than models that protrude. The intake and exhaust vents in the surround aren't very big either, which might compound that dependency. There's a big, obvious improvement in heat output when the fan is running, but the fan has only one speed and it's not quiet. The fan is in the bottom of the unit, between the inner and outer steel boxes. That's a tight squeeze, and to fit it in there they used a long, skinny squirrel-cage type blower. I suspect, but do not know, that the blower operates at a rather high RPM to make up for its small size. Mine is not perfectly balanced, and vibration is transferred to the bottom of the insert, which makes a continuous low-pitched pulsating hum, on top of the inevitable air movement noises. I can easily hear these noises from my bed on the next floor up, on the other side of the house. White noise does not help me sleep; I'd rather hear the occasional bird chirping outside or car going by, but this fan drowns all that out. The insert has been installed for only a few weeks, and I'm already wondering whether I can re-engineer it somehow to cut down the infernal racket. The room layout is not well-suited to a freestanding stove, but I'm kicking myself for not finding a way to make one work. Aside from the fan, the build quality of the Matrix seems good; I wouldn't hesitate to go with the freestanding version.

    FWIW, I do seem to be especially noise sensitive. My wife doesn't seem to mind the fan much at all. Also, this is my first woodburner so I am not in a position to compare it to other models.
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    Jon: perhaps a forum member, Fyrebug, will pitch in and be able to help remedy your noise/vibration issue. He works for SBI (parent company of Osburn)

    Andrew
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    We just installed the Enerzone version in our showroom, called the destination. It's a nice looking stove with SS panels. It has a nice price too, compared to other "modern" looking stoves. I'm a big fan of SBI Products, even though I don't have one, Yet.:cool:

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  24. etiger2007

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    Was this professinally installed? It sounds like the fan issue could be fixed. Did you notify the dealer of this? What kind of burn times are you seeing with this unit?
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    No, it was a DIY install but it went smoothly and exactly according to the manual. I did email Osburn a little while ago and was surprised that they responded right away, even though it's a Sunday. The engineer(s) won't be in until tomorrow, though, so I'll have to wait to hear anything substantial. I'll post any interesting feedback I might get from them.

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