First Wood Stove Recommendations Needed

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rucati14

New Member
Nov 2, 2021
4
olig835
We are looking to buy our first freestanding woodstove. We have a masonry hearth and chimney on outside wall inspected and ready to go.. One story ranch house. While not an open floor plan, 3 rooms are fairly open to each other that we would like to heat, about 800-1000 sq ft. Wood stove will be supplement heat over the winter. We do not want to get heated out as the stove will be in the family room. Have seasoned wood ready. Also, looking for a fairly easy to navigate stove being first time owners. We have narrowed it down to Jotul F45, Kuma Aspen, TN20. Kuma is only one with available tax credit (also on backorder) ..a bonus but still will consider the best stove for our needs. Can anyone give some insight on what they would choose? Also, a neighbor is selling a Napoleon 1600c in very good condition but I know nothing about it and feel maybe its best to start with a new stove. Any advice much appreciated!
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
91,415
South Puget Sound, WA
The choices are good. A midsized stove will work. Also look at the PE Super and Drolet Escape 1800.

The 1600c was a decent stove. If it is in really good shape internally then that would work.
 

rucati14

New Member
Nov 2, 2021
4
olig835
The choices are good. A midsized stove will work. Also look at the PE Super and Drolet Escape 1800.

The 1600c was a decent stove. If it is in really good shape internally then that would work.
Thank you. We did look at PE super...could be a consideration but trying to narrow it down. The Nap. 1600 was well taken care of but as a newbie I'm not sure I feel qualified to know exactly what to look for on a used stove. We will probably stop to look at it. I attached the pics she sent.

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begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
91,415
South Puget Sound, WA
Nothing glaring jumps out from those pictures. If the price is good, then it may be worth trying out.
 

kennyp2339

Minister of Fire
Feb 16, 2014
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The larger kuma free standing stoves would work perfectly for you, you have to factor that the stove over time will have ash build up so that takes away from how much you can load, also stoves preform a little better when there is 1" of ash in the fire box, so its a catch 22.
The other brands are also proven brands with few problems, if you want to do the install this season I'd call around and see who has what in stock then make a choice from there since its kind of late already. But generally you will want a stove 2cu ft minimum.
 

rucati14

New Member
Nov 2, 2021
4
olig835
Thank you. Unfortunately the Kuma is the only one one backorder til late Jan because of the tax credit . Not a deal breaker but would be nice to get going this season. We hesitated too long! TY for your advice..very helpful.