You know the funny thing is, @logfarmer
and I have never met even living so close to each other yet we’ve been trading texts for likely well over a year now.
I’ve had several stoves, he’s had several stoves including a coal stove, a very nice WoodStock soapstone stove, and a catalytic Englander and through texts we both had our doubts about some of the claims of the BK stoves.
One day he sent me a text and said hey I found this used stove close to us both, he shared the link to the stove, and said what do you think. Well, for the year model, the condition of the stove, and especially the price I suggested he snatch it up, and so he did. He also bought a new catalyst and installed it.
He knows I keep record of how my stove runs, etc., so he sends me texts of when he loads along with pictures and we both monitor inside and outside temps, dial settings etc.
Through his journey with his BK King model we both have been more than impressed with how his stove is performing. So much so that we joke about it all the time.
I won’t speak for him, but trust me when I say that I really didn’t think those burn times were possible with so little wood, but even I can’t deny the facts that he sends me in text and pictures. Real facts, real photos, and real burn times. We both sort of joke about how unimpressed we used to be, now having to eat our own crow, so-to-speak.
I don’t mind eating a little crow, but I’m not eating a PE stove. Not going to happen. LOL!
I do my best to provide accurate information and not post BS.
That said, through various forum members posts, most notably, Begreen’s, who happens to be a big fan of PE stoves, I’ve come to realize how nice of a stove they really are. So reality for me is that I, in no way, shape, or form, want to give people the idea that PE stoves are junk or far less superior than a BK.
I’m a fanboy if neither brand because I’ve never owned either brand, so I have no axe to grind with either brand. However, I am just trying to convey how skeptical I once was about BK stoves and how having someone close by sending and sharing information changed my outlook on that brand and the burn times they were capable of.
Actually, PE has some very nice features and plenty of models to choose from. Begreen has sold me on their stainless baffle systems. If one happens to come my way as a used stove at the right price I will be snatching one up to have around, especially the “T” models with the swing out cook top.
So many good stoves with only so many chimneys and buildings to put them in. LOL!