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Review of Osburn --- 2400 Insert -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into existing Fireplace
Date Reviewed: 2017-12-28 23:03:40

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): 300 | House Size (Sq feet): 3600
Bought in 2016 , Price Paid: $2400
Location : , VA , USA
Purchased from: Mail Order/Internet Retailer -

Likes: Produces tons of heat, takes huge splits, easy starts, and burns down to fine ash. Heat-producing burn time between reloads in my house is 5-8 hours depending on weather. This is a no-nonsense, heavy-duty woodheat machine. 21" splits loaded east-west, and will take a huge 24" section loaded diagonally. Huge firebox; it's disconcerting to stuff an entire tote bag into the firebox with nothing left over, but it's heating a large space. Cheerfully heats a 3600sqft house to 70-75F with the blower on "low" and a single table fan to circulate air out of the fireplace room. Will also keep the basement in the upper 60s if the central heating fan is set to circulate (4400sqft total). Love the side-mounted controls that you can reach without cooking yourself. Reloads are stuff-and-forget, pack it full and no need to touch the air control. Incredible heat output with the fan control set on "high", but "high" is too loud for normal use.

Dislikes: Gold-plated handle flaked off starting day 1. Combustion air deflector blocks view of top of fire & secondary reburn. Fan is a touch noisy (really loud on "high"), and takes a good while to come on automatically. Secondary reburn not as pretty as other stoves- could be the way my setup drafts. Door scraped the front cinder shelf, fixed by shimming door up an eighth of an inch on the hinge posts with washers. Not as "sexy" looking or feeling as some of the brands. Take all this into consideration when weighing the burn performance and the cost.

Comments: Installed in existing masonry fireplace, 35ft insulated liner, exterior of house. Drafts like crazy. There is a bottom air inlet tube that aids combustion, but will cause the coalbed to burn white-hot even with the air control all the way off (and the air inlets will whistle & howl) and burn an entire load of wood in about 2 hours. I fashioned a clip-on plug that I attach over this tube once the coalbed is established (15-20 minutes after startup). Startup on full air, after 10-15 minutes or 400F on the stovetop thermometer choke down 1/2 for another 5 minutes, then plug bottom tube & choke down to just off zero (pull out 1/8 of an inch) for remainder of burn. Stovetop temps will jump to 600-700 and then slowly coast down over the hours (MFR recommended max of 850, and you can easily hit that by adjusting the air control). I reload around 300F. A good load before bed will leave enough of a coal bed 10 hours later to not require kindling. Stove likes to load east-west. North-south loadings will overfire.

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