Help on Green mountain 60

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Rbcarter

New Member
Sep 19, 2022
4
Kentucky
So yesterday I ordered a green mountain 60 then I found all the problems people have been having so I contacted my dealer and they said I have until tomorrow to change my order if I want.

Would I be better off with the green mountain 60 or the heritage?
 
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neverstop

Burning Hunk
Oct 11, 2020
220
new hampshire
So yesterday I ordered a green mountain 60 then I found all the problems people have been having so I contacted my dealer and they said I have until tomorrow to change my order if I want.

Would I be better off with the green mountain 60 or the heritage?
seems like some of the stoves early on in the run had some issues with the baffle/primary air. other issues that have been raised have been about poor performance or smoke spillage related to insufficient draft. these stoves require relatively high draft to function properly. pulling straight from the manual....

"The Green Mountain 60 requires a draft between 0.06" and 0.1" WC."

"The recommended minimum chimney height is 14 feet (3 m) off the floor. The recommended maximum chimney height is 30 feet (9m).The Green Mountain 60 requires a draft between 0.08” and 0.15” water column.

Not really sure why they have 2 different specs in the manual. 🤷‍♂️ but its a reoccurring theme that the manuals have mistakes and reference the wrong stove.... so that doesn't build confidence. The shelburne which is basically the same stove with a cast iron exterior says "0.06" and 0.1" WC".
 

tabner

Feeling the Heat
Jan 17, 2019
299
Eastern CT
I have a GM60. This will be my second winter. It has some Pros and Cons. If i were to do it again i'd get a BK, but that's not necessarily because this stove is bad, it's just i think a different model would work better in my situation now that I've learned more.

I think we need more info - can you describe your chimney/venting situation? Can you describe your goals/intentions with this stove? (i.e. 24/7 heating, ambience, power outages, etc)

I see you're in Kentucky - my assumption would be ambience, and the occasional power outage or cold snap? in which case i think the GM60 might be a good fit. Assuming your venting situation allows for adequate draft.
 

Rbcarter

New Member
Sep 19, 2022
4
Kentucky
I have a GM60. This will be my second winter. It has some Pros and Cons. If i were to do it again i'd get a BK, but that's not necessarily because this stove is bad, it's just i think a different model would work better in my situation now that I've learned more.

I think we need more info - can you describe your chimney/venting situation? Can you describe your goals/intentions with this stove? (i.e. 24/7 heating, ambience, power outages, etc)

I see you're in Kentucky - my assumption would be ambience, and the occasional power outage or cold snap? in which case i think the GM60 might be a good fit. Assuming your venting situation allows for adequate draft.
I’m actually still building my house and am completely new to wood heat so I’m just trying to get as much info as possible.

I plan to use the stove as my primary heat source

I talked to my rep and did decide to switch to the heritage. He told me it would be a better 24/7 stove than the green mountain
 

tabner

Feeling the Heat
Jan 17, 2019
299
Eastern CT
Great! I believe they're very similar stoves in terms of the burn system, and firebox/door size and shape. The GM60 has the soapstone tucked inside in place of fire brick, whereas the Heritage is more of a full Soapstone body. Also looks like the firebox is about 10% bigger on the heritage, which is good.
Good luck! I'm sure these forums will be very helpful as you move forward.
 

kborndale

Feeling the Heat
Oct 9, 2008
469
LI
I’m actually still building my house and am completely new to wood heat so I’m just trying to get as much info as possible.

I plan to use the stove as my primary heat source

I talked to my rep and did decide to switch to the heritage. He told me it would be a better 24/7 stove than the green mountain

If you're completely new to wood stoves you need to know that if you don't have dry wood (and the chance of you buying dry wood right now is slim to none regardless of what the guy selling the wood says) already you are not going to be happy with the stoves performance this winter.
 

Rob_Red

Feeling the Heat
Feb 2, 2021
379
Southern New England
As Tabner said the Hearthstone is a great stove (infact I think the best) for ambiance, supplemental cold snap heating, and power outages. I own a GM40 and love its looks, size, and tight clearances to combustibles. It is the centerpiece of my living room.

However I use mine as a primary heat source in New England and I wish it was more of a work horse. I need to reload it every 3-4 hours or so, It doesn't get a true overnight burn, and I find the catalyst to be more trouble than the minimal value it adds to this particular stove when burning 24/7. I end up servicing my catalyst at least every month.

Keep in mind our winters get cold and my stove is on the smaller end of what would work for my square footage so I need to run it pretty hard it to use it as a primary heat source. Also another key thing to consider is it will keep my 1500 sf 2 story house completely comfortable in sub freezing temps sustainably which is impressive for a stove of this size.

I have a 27 foot double wall insulated metal chimney that drafts like a beast.
 

Rbcarter

New Member
Sep 19, 2022
4
Kentucky
If you're completely new to wood stoves you need to know that if you don't have dry wood (and the chance of you buying dry wood right now is slim to none regardless of what the guy selling the wood says) already you are not going to be happy with the stoves performance this winter.
Yeah I’ve been thinking about that. Delivery date on the stove isn’t until mid January so I may have to use the electric heat when we first move in but my dad burns wood and always has a few year supply so I may borrow seasoned wood from him and replace it with what I’ve cut from my land.

I have 3 winters worth of wood stacked from clearing my land to build my house but I don’t plan to use it until next winter.
 

Rbcarter

New Member
Sep 19, 2022
4
Kentucky
I appreciate all the feedback

I honestly think the wood stove is the thing I’m most looking forward to about moving into the new house
 

Todd

Minister of Fire
Nov 19, 2005
9,797
NW Wisconsin
As Tabner said the Hearthstone is a great stove (infact I think the best) for ambiance, supplemental cold snap heating, and power outages. I own a GM40 and love its looks, size, and tight clearances to combustibles. It is the centerpiece of my living room.

However I use mine as a primary heat source in New England and I wish it was more of a work horse. I need to reload it every 3-4 hours or so, It doesn't get a true overnight burn, and I find the catalyst to be more trouble than the minimal value it adds to this particular stove when burning 24/7. I end up servicing my catalyst at least every month.

Keep in mind our winters get cold and my stove is on the smaller end of what would work for my square footage so I need to run it pretty hard it to use it as a primary heat source. Also another key thing to consider is it will keep my 1500 sf 2 story house completely comfortable in sub freezing temps sustainably which is impressive for a stove of this size.

I have a 27 foot double wall insulated metal chimney that drafts like a beast.
Pretty tall chimney, maybe a pipe damper could help?
 

fvhowler

Burning Hunk
May 4, 2018
176
Heart of NC
I appreciate all the feedback

I honestly think the wood stove is the thing I’m most looking forward to about moving into the new house
Good luck RBcarter. I felt the same way when we built 5 years ago. Sitting in front of the wood stove is still my favorite part of our new house. Enjoy.