Review of Woodstock Soapstone --- Progress Hybrid -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Woodstock Soapstone --- Progress Hybrid -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
Date Reviewed: 2018-10-12 21:48:11

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): 700 | House Size (Sq feet): 2000
Bought in 2017 , Price Paid: 3450
Location : Pittsburgh, PA , USA
Purchased from: Direct From Manufacturer - Woodstock Soapstone

Likes: 1. Beautiful Unit
2. Easy to Operate
3. Great Burn Times
4. Seems to Sip Wood


Dislikes: 1. Beastly Heavy
2. Doesn't Ship Directly to Home

Comments: I have been burning wood in one capacity or another for most of my adult life. 2 non-cat's before this stove - 1 was good, the other was a nightmare. This stove is head and shoulders above both. I wasn't sure how long the cat would take to learn, and am happy to report not long at all. The amazing part about this stove is that it's SO EASY to control - it's a dream. You literally start your fire, let the stove top get to about 300 degrees, and engage the cat. It will maintain that stove top temp and generate heat for hours while the cat does its work - and we're only building small fires in shoulder season. I was also concerned that my stack wasn't going to be long enough at 15 feet - but my draft is good and the stove operates really well. Lastly, I looked at this stove for years and had a hard time justifying the price, but after my last lower-cost non-cat that took off like a freight train and produced some truly scary moments, I decided to splurge and do it right. The stove's appearance is stunning - hard to imagine a more handsome stove on the market. As you can tell, I'm very pleased and looking forward to getting into the real burning season. I'll come back and post updates after this winter.

* Dates that reviews were submitted were not recorded prior to Nov. 2004