Review of HearthStone --- Deva 100 (Hearthstone 8220) -- 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): 324 | House Size (Sq feet): 324
Bought in 2010 , Price Paid: $3900
Location : Tok, AK 99780, USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - NortHeat
First winter's continual use of the HergÃ³m Deva 100 has proved it an easy and convenient stove. The stove heats up well, fast and due to the cast iron front and other cast iron components it does hold the heat well once the fire has died off. It is a 1 1/2 cu foot+ firebox that burns brightly for about an hour or an hour and a half before reloading, which makes it a good summer stove as well, but it heats up the vitro-ceramic cooktop quickly and easily reaches 700 degrees plus. It takes up to a 17 inch log (or slightly longer especially if placed diagonally), but the firebox does have a tendency to burn better in the rear than in the front, so I try to keep my firewood closer to the 12 inch range as I have to keep the stove running cooler lest I need to heat the outdoors though open windows and front door. The entire top is open for cooking including the grilling plate, which does a fine job for simmering and the top cap for the top exhaust exit which cooks at even a milder temperature. The stainless steel oven has one of the largest glass doors on the market, the size of a 19-inch television, and easily swallows up a 14lb turkey with much of the oven to spare. It comes with one adjustable rack and an enameled pan that uses the same oven glide tracks. It can be used as a drip pan especially for something like roasting beef directly on the rack (good method if you like to roast from frozen for a more even doneness). For controls there are few ovens with simpler controls, just one draught control on the ash bin door, and a centre mounted control for the by-pass door which makes starting the stove easier in high winds or low pressure that might cause the stove to smoke or back-puff if the air pressure indoors is not high enough.
The stove is high glossed enamel with nickel trim, a removable firebox handle to keep from searing a hand opening it, a window to the firebox, and a cleanout hatch hidden behind the oven door. The oven is gasketed as well to keep a more even temp inside, and both the back and sides are insulated to provide an exceptional 4 inches of side clearance where the top edge may approach about 180 degrees and saves the all too precious space in the kitchen.
The stove is a mid-size at 40 inches, provides the option for a rear exhaust as well as top, and is one of the easiest cookstoves to clean as both the easy to keep clean glass cooktop and cast iron enameled grilling plate simply lift off to provide full access to ash removal and the down-draught channel. This stove even when burning white spruce goes well a month before cleaning becomes a thought, and the insulated side discourages the accumulation of ash or creosote in the down-drauft channel like other cookstoves are prone to. Within that 40 horizontal inches is one of the largest ovens on the market. The stainless steel lined oven with what must also be the largest glass door on the market, complete with an accurate oven thermometer with both Centigrade and Fahrenheit gauges, is an interior volume that makes a 14 lb. turkey look like a small chicken and ample room for side dishes can be utilized on both the wire shelf and the included enameled drip pan that can be used at three different levels or separately, still leaving room to slide something into the bottom of the oven.
The stove comes in at nearly 500 lbs., but is easily toted in with two narrow carrying straps that are included with the stove. A team of two could manoeuvre the stove into place with no additional help, but four strong hands would make lighter work of the operation. The stove does require a hearth below and in front of it, but the bottom of the stove throws off no heat.
All in all, the Spanish import would be a welcome addition to any kitchen from modern eclectic to country farm. Priced moderately at around $4,200, it easily outpaces the Esse Ironheart that tops that exceeds the $5,000 mark. In comparison to the Esse, the Deva puts out a powerful 46,000 btus (13.5 kW) while the Esse gives off a scant 19,000 despite being a more compact stove, which oddly enough takes up the same floorspace as the Esse has much larger clearance requirements. While like most cookstoves this model is EPA exempt, the stove is 73.9% efficient as certified by European standards and only outputs 4.3 grammes of particulates which meets the harsh standards of Washington state. The Esse also has a constraint on cooking space as it's lidded burners that do provide heat conserving insulation that keeps the burners hot until needed, it only allows for two cooking vessels to share the small top, as opposed to being able to use the entire top of the Deva, especially if the rear flue exit is used, which then provides yet another cooking zone, a very slow simmer on top of the cast iron coverplate just behind the cast iron grille plate.. The Esse also has a non-removeable top that has many gussets and crannies under the top that serve as a collection point for ash and creosote that would be impossible to access and clean since the access to this portion would only be made through the removeable burners that are dog-boned together as a single unit. Firebox is a comparable size to the Deva, though, but an extended firebox must be ordered for increased capacity on the Esse.
The downsides are more frequent fuel loading, which is helpful in hot summer temperatures, but the cast iron components allow this stove to coast for many hours and through to morning giving off gentle warmth, and the firebox retains embers and glowing coals enough to easily relight once the firebox is reloaded. The glass firebox door does lack a air-wash system, so the glass will smoke over if wood or paper is set too far forward in the firebox, but this is easily tamed with a quick swipe of Rutland glass cleaner which has a silicone residue that it leaves behind that can make the next or subsequent cleanings a matter of simply swiping with a dry napkin. I would advise pretreating the glass with the Rutland product to condition the glass before your first use.
My suggestion to those in the market for a cookstove, this is not one to pass by. Search for my other posts on this stove to read more about this stove and see pictures of it installed and of the cleaning process.
* Dates that reviews were submitted were not recorded prior to Nov. 2004