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Woodstock side by side comparison to Fireview

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by charly, Feb 2, 2011.

  1. charly

    charly Guest

    Any thoughts on the new blog pictures at the Woodstock company? Would anyone just stick with the proven Fireview as a new stove purchase, even though the new stove is comming?

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  2. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    It depends on what you need and want. I wouldn't get a Fireview if you really need a 3 cu ft stove or prefer the more contemporary look of the new stove. If you are waiting to see how the stove turns out, it could be a while. It often takes a season of burning to learn all the ins and outs of a stove. I would guess that it would take a few years at least before they made any significant changes once it is tested and out on the market.

    One thing that's hard to beat is Woodstock's return policy. They are good folks, in it for the long haul. If there was an issue, I suspect they would go out of their way to remedy it.
  3. charly

    charly Guest

    I like having the big firebox of my Quad. Really cold days it gets a work out, so I'm thinking maybe the new bigger stove might be the way to go if I pull the trigger.
  4. scotsman

    scotsman Feeling the Heat

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    I bought the FV for a 2600 sq. ft. house on recommendation of people who had 'em. It's a good stove, but not quite big enough for our place, so I sent it back and have been buggin' 'em to get that new one out ASAP. ('Course that hasn't done any good, but it makes ME feel like I'm doin' somethin'!) The new stove should be sized about right for my place.

    Sure could have used it this week what with snow, temps from below zero to highs around 10 or 13, and winds around 60. Talk about a good draft!! Yikes!! :)

    Anyway, no question in my mind. I liked the FV, but I will like the 3.0 cu. ft. firebox better. AND you could not ask for more helpful folks than Ron and the bunch at WS.
  5. Todd

    Todd Minister of Fire

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    I'll be sticking with my Fireview for as long as my wife says so, which could be a long time according to her. :-S
  6. charly

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    Terry,
    That's about the size of my 1840's farm house.It's been all reinsulated before I got it. Isn't terrible to heat. So maybe I'll wait as well. I probably could get away with the Fireview as I'm leaning towards adding a wood cookstove off a nice area of the kitchen. So then I'd have heat at each end of my house. Right now it's just the Quad.
  7. cdirks

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    Hello,

    I'm new here and have a question regarding the Woodstock Fireview. I live in SW Kansas in a house with a main floor and basement with the total sq ft of 3,600. The main floor which I want to heat is 1,800 sq ft. My floor plan is not all that open with a hallway to the bedrooms. The kitchen comes off the living room and leads back to the utility room and back bathroom. Basically ranch style construction from 1973-1974. It is insulated and does have central air with a new 95% efficient natural gas furnace. It does not cost much to heat with the current gas prices. Basically what I want the stove to do is be a backup source of heat during a power outage and help with heating costs should gas go up in the future. Gas is cheap now but I heard that they want to increase the cost of gas to be competitive with others in the energy sector. I also want the stove because I think woodburning is awsome. I know that the heat may not get back to the back bathroom. That part of the house is cold anyway. Cirrculating fans should help get the heat down the hall as I'm going to positition the stove where the heat can go past the hall entry as well as directly into the dining/kitchen area. Stove will be located in the living room. My firewood supply in this area is elm and cottonwood which is free.
    One question is with the heat storing capabilities of soapstone how will it work when our days are warm and nights can be cold. Can you operate the stove in such a way to use it at night but by mid morning have stove cooling down or already cool? Will it work in the area I described with the square footage. Like I said I don't expect to get alot of heat to the far back bathroom. Also my other choice would be a Harman Oakwood cast iron non-cat stove. I have heard that people have had some problems with some internal parts having to be replaced frequently.
    Thanks in advance for your advice.
  8. fire_man

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    Todd, you already have two of those Woodstock stoves, so I'm on your wife's side. If it were not for the huge cost of lining my unused flue at the other end of our house from the Fireview, and the additional mess of burning a second stove, I would prefer two stoves. I imagine the heat would be more even. But the other advantage of a 3+ cf firebox is hopefully a little longer burn time.
  9. fire_man

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    Terry: looks like we will both be guinea pigs for this new stove. I am trying to heat 2300 sq ft and the Fireview is a little small when it's much below 30 out. I can burn it really hot and reload often, but that gets old at 4am on weekends. And I agree, WS is first rate so I am willing to be a guinea pig. Oink oink.
  10. Backwoods Savage

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    As others have stated, it all depends. You might turn out okay with the Fireview but if you think you will need the larger stove, then wait. As for sticking with the proven Fireview, I would not let the fact that this other stove is new bother me in making the decision. That thing was in R & D for a long, long time so I doubt it will have many bugs if any.

    So what if you bought the new stove and it had bugs and you did not like it? Hum.... We know what would happen if you bought the stove from someone other than Woodstock, eh? It seems to me that Woodstock has a pretty good guarantee. If you don't believe that, ask Terry.

    I'd love to have that new stove too. We're not sure if we will buy one or not just yet. Some will depend upon when all the building and remodeling is done. If we need more heat we will not hesitate on upgrading. If we don't need it then great! The Fireview is an excellent stove and I doubt we'd ever have to replace it.

    Good luck no matter which way you go.
  11. charly

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    Well Dennis, I think sometime I go over and visit those good people. Friend of my has his private pilots certificate and I love flying, so I'm thinking of flying over to meet everyone at Woodstock, as they told me there's an airstrip right across the way from them. Get to enjoy some air time and some cool stoves. Makes for a great day!
  12. Todd

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    Yeah, I really don't need it, but I want it anyways. :cheese:
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    Hey, that is correct. The air field is directly across the road. I'll bet someone from Woodstock would even come to get you at the airport. If you go, you'll love it and you'll get a grand tour of the factory and can even pick out the stone you want and the color of the cast. I know I was impressed with the place and hope to get back there some day.
  14. Todd

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    Welcome aboard,
    I think the Fireview would be a good fit for that 1800 sq ft. You may even get a little more out of it with some strategically placed fans. The Woodstocks are very controllable and can be turned way down to a clean burning smolder when you don't need the heat and turned back up when you do. Lots of happy Woodstock owners here, I like them so much I bought 2. Woodstock also has that great 6 month guarantee where if you find it doesn't work out for you, you can send it back for full refund.
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    Dennis: Some day? whadya mean SOME DAY? The Next Pig Roast would be fine, you and Judy can help me and TJ pick out our bigger stove!
  16. charly

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    Dennis I'm looking foward to the trip. Plus I think one would look good in our old farmhouse........Charlie
  17. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Charlie, for sure these things look right at home in the old farmhouse. And while you are there, be sure to get directions to the local pub where they brew their own beer.
  18. charly

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    Dennis I'll have to check out the micro brews for sure. I'll have to take a growler home if I'm getting any stick time in the plane. We have some good brew pubs near me. Great food too. In fact such good friends we've made, the head chef called us after not showing up for 3 months to make sure everyone was all right. Funny how you make such good friends.....Charlie
  19. Todd

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    Woodstock has those bbq's every year don't they? I'll be going to the next one come hell or high water!
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    Well Todd, I hope you can make it and I also hope we can. And we also look forward to seeing Tony and his son TJ very soon. Tony (fire_man) is a great guy.
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    I'm quite interested in going as well . . . partly to see the factory . . . but mostly to meet some of the great folks here at hearth.com.

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