• Active since 1995, is THE place on the internet for free information and advice about wood stoves, pellet stoves and other energy saving equipment.

    We strive to provide opinions, articles, discussions and history related to Hearth Products and in a more general sense, energy issues.

    We promote the EFFICIENT, RESPONSIBLE, CLEAN and SAFE use of all fuels, whether renewable or fossil.
  1. M


    We have burned wood in a Prairie Farm wood boiler for 37 years. It finally gave up the ghost and we changed to a Hearthstone Castleton wood stove. (In a walk-out basement). The ash clean out for when the chimney is cleaned is 4' up the wall, and since we put in the Castleton, liquid creosote...
  2. M

    Chimney Fire Jitters

    So, we had what we suspect was a relatively minor chimney fire. Now I feel like I'm on high alert all the time and I'm kind of nervous whenever we have it running... which is always. Here's the particulars: New insulated stainless chimney installed up through the middle of the house. Installed...
  3. Whiskey Fun

    Total Creosote Blockage After 1-2 Fires

    First, thank you all for the great info already gathered! Here's my situation. We just moved into a rental home with a Vermont Castings Vigilant (early to mid-1980's), with a rear exit. Off the stove is a single wall, 8" oval male-90 degree (horizontal)- 8" round female pipe, connected to...