Review of --- Ponderosa (Vogelzang) -- 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): 500 | House Size (Sq feet): 4700
Bought in 2013 , Price Paid: 939 + shipping &
Location : Raymond, NE 68521, USA
Purchased from: Other Store Type (Furniture/etc) - Tractor Supply Company
Huge firebox and large door with glass that stays fairly clear. Heat output is enough to totally heat the house down to single digit temps if the wind isn't howling which it usually is here. I use the furnaces blower to circulate the heat. The room the heater is in has a 23 foot cathedral ceiling and I can still get it to 80 degrees without the furnace blower running. I only need to remove the ash every other day. I have loaded a 8 inch round 20 inches long a few times for long burns. There is always enough coals to start a fire easily in the morning. I burn elm which I know isn't the greatest for long burn time, usually up to 3 hours then lots of long lasting coals. The blower on the back of the stove really kicks out the heat and the stove top generally runs 400 to 700 degrees. I have a ecofan to help keep it cool. The secondary burn is very obvious and starts as soon as the flames hit the top of the firebox. The view of the flames rolling around the firebox is quite mesmerizing. I am a welder and I examined them first thing. Nothing wrong that I could see and the metal is stout and should last.
The paint, it really stinks the first few times the stove is used so cure it outside with a couple of burns if you can. I put a magnetic stove thermometer on the stove, my wife slid it to a different position which scratched the paint so watch that. Too much wood in the stove creates a overdraft condition with my setup, 19 feet of double wall inside the house and 6 feet of insulated outside. Fortunately I have a damper just above the stove that fixes it and keeps the temps down. The ash plug lost its gasket the first time I pulled it to clean out the ash which I cemented back in. The ash drawer is too small anyway so I just scoop it into a bucket. The main air control works fine but the secondary hi-burn control doesn't seem to do much and the manual doesn't really explain it well.
Over all I am happy with this stove, I wish it were made in America but then it would cost half again more. I do wish it were wider and not as deep to fit my room a little better but that is not the stoves fault. I read about the past problems Vogelzang has had with it's line of cast stoves which made me a little apprehensive about purchasing this unit but now I am glad I did and can recommend it to any one with the room.
* Dates that reviews were submitted were not recorded prior to Nov. 2004