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Review of Dutchwest --- 2479 -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
Date Reviewed: 2005-11-12 10:31:45

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): 1200 | House Size (Sq feet): 1200
Bought in 2005 , Price Paid: 1500
Location : keenesburg, co 80643, weld
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - GLOBAL SPA & STOVES

Likes: beautiful, beautiful stove that works very well.

Dislikes: It takes a long time to get the stove hot enough to ignite the secondary burn chanmber. And by the time I do get the stove hot enough my house is also hot enough. I now wish I hat bought the catalytic converter. This would have allowed me to start the stove off a little slower.

Here in Colorado we mostly have pine. In order for me to get the stove up to tempature I have to place a small load of pine in the stove, open the ash tray and the secondary burn chamber. This gets the stove roaring every time. Once the stove hits 500 degrees I close the secondary burn chamber (SBC) then I close the ash tray. Usually it take a full load of wood to hit 500 degrees.

If you close either the ash tray or the SBC before the stove reaches temperature then the fire will die. However once it does reach temperature you can load it full of wood and it will burn for 8 hours solid.

It was supposed to burn for 12 hours but I had my doubts with pine. I recently tried an overnight burn with Elm. I think I got about 7.5 hours. Still it is much better than my last stove (vogalzang).

Comments: I live close to denver, and all of these stoves were sold out, through out the entire state. Thus I went to Cheyenne to buy the stove. The store owner was quite nice however they were asking $400 more than retailers in colorado.

While in Cheyenne picking up my stove I also got a look at the Blazeking. I think in my next house I will install an 8" pipe so that I can use one of these puppies. The are now where near as beautiful as my stove but they can burn for 40 hours.

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