Actually I have owned and burned a Cunningham for over 10 yrs in my shop. True the stove is a pre EPA woodstove and does not have a EPA rating, but it is not true that this is not a clean burning effecient woodstove.
Originally the stove was designed as a wood/coal stove and was 100% radient in the way it heats. Pioneer stoves purchased the rights to build this stove and have since re-designed the Cunningham. Today the stove has Convection heating and is even better than my stove.
In no way is this stove a "PIG with Lipstick on it". The folks at Pioneer Stoves are first rate and stand behind their products. I have nothing bad I can say about them as they have always taken care of whatever problems we have incurred with their stoves in a promt and curtous manner.
The Cunningham was not your typical 80's stove, it was revolutionary in its day and still is. The stove is fully jacketed and very unique in its construction. I have been in the Hearth Business for over 32yrs. I've seen my share of the various stoves out there, there is nothing else like it out there.
The stove has air jets in the side of the firebox similar to the way Margin Stoves constructed their Flameview firebox. The Cunningham is fully lined with firebrick and is extremely durable. It has shaker grates on the bottom of the firebox, a huge ash pan and a very large firebox.
My stove is painted black and has a Bi Metal thermostatically controlled air draft control that is handy, you can set it and it will maintain the temps in my shop within a few degrees.
I can easily get a 24 hr burn out of my stove! I call it my Amish Blaze King.
The new Cunningham is now very attractive and would fit nicely in any home. There is a grate on top of the stove that can lifted so you can set your pot right on top of the firebox.
Pioneer invested in the stove and it is now ULC listed to meet insurance requirements
If you live in the country and are not subject to EPA regs and your looking for a great stove that can pump out over 75,000 BTUs with little effort, but wont cook you out of the room it is in, then this is the stove for you. After 10 yrs, mine is just now broke in, I would expect another 20-30 yrs service from my Cunningham, How many stoves can you say that about.......
Obadiah's is proud to be able to offer an alternative to the typical run of the mill woodstove's to those who are looking for something more than a "pig with lipstick on"