Review of Lopi:Travis Industries --- Leyden -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
Satisfaction Ratings from 5 stars (best) to 1 star (worst)
Satisfaction with unit = ✰✰✰✰
Satisfaction with dealer = ✰✰✰✰✰
Satisfaction with manufacturer =
Other Information about the Home and Stove
Room Size (Sq ft): 840 | House Size (Sq feet): 2600 plus ba
Bought in 2006 , Price Paid:
Location : Grangeville, Idaho , US
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Dan's Northwest Stoves
This stove is killer quality. Everything fits perfectly, seals all meet and are leak free. Doors are easy to operate. Controls are simple, easy and range well enough to accomplish any kind or wetness of wood. (wetter wood is harder to start of course and leaves much more creosote residue)
This stove has both front double doors and a top load door. Top loading is the ONLY way to really fill a stove easily, cleanly, and with the largest possible chunks of wood. Far easier than side or front load only stoves I have used in the past. I had a lot of worry that the loading process would be smoky and impossible to comfortably load with a hot fire burning. Those qualms have been answered - I wouldn't want to go back to a side or front load only stove.
This Leyden has a big ceramic heat/reburn unit in the back of the firebox that when the damper is closed acts similar to a catalytic unit or the pipes in standard designed stoves by decreasing unburned particulates that would go up the chimney. The bonus to the ceramic block with its passageways is long component life span and the heat retention. No pipes to burn out so we should get a long life span out of it.
Easy to start. Crack open the bottom ash door and the added airflow will make a small flame into a blow torch.
Will burn a full load overnight and still have plenty of coals for reloading in the morning.
Ash removal is simple and fast with a pull out drawer and removable ash tray system.
Probably a little bit less capable than the 2000 sq ft heating capacity. We are at 3000 ft or so in the northern Rockies. It makes a noticeable dent in the house temperatures. I may have expected higher output and I have never had a comparable rated stove in the same space for a true comparison. It does a good job - but cannot be made too hot for the space.
Windows fog up with white or grey ash rather quickly. Because air flows from bottom to rear into the ceramic unit the front glass doesn't get hot enough to keep clean unless the direct to chimney damper is open. Makes for a less pretty fire in some ways. Damper open will clean the glass at the expense of a much higher wood use rate.
The only problem I had was the internal bypass damper gasket fell off and needed re-gluing the first week. I took care of that myself with a $4 bottle of stove gasket cement. So I can't comment on whether Lopi has good service yet.
We bought the bare cast iron version, not painted. It has no perceivable burn in period where it gave off fumes other than the little bit of rust preventative oils that were rubbed on it (in it?) before shipping. Very minor odor that went away quickly.
I am very satisfied with this stove. The ease of setting the air intake adjustment for a long burn and actually getting that long burn time is very satisfying.
* Dates that reviews were submitted were not recorded prior to Nov. 2004