Stove recommendations, BK or other?

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Nov 10, 2017
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Bonner , Idaho
I’m in the process of having a 2700 sq foot home being built. 2400 main floor, 300 bonus room. Stove will be on a corner hearth pad in the main room with a vertical flue pipe exiting through the roof. I had a BK princess in the basement of a 70 year old house (very poorly insulated) and was pleased with the burn times but no accurate judgment of how the heat output would be compared to a brand new highly efficient insulated home. I live in northern Idaho with long, cold winters and the stove will be the primary heat source but the home will also have a heat pump. I’m torn between another BK or something else since the stove will be the “center piece” of the main room and I enjoy the ambience of the flames on a cold day, so would like a compromise between the efficiency of a BK and the ambience of the flames. I am considering Kuma since they are crafted just down the road from me but would like some other suggestions too. My main issue with the BK king 40 is the price tag and not to mention the price of repairs and replacement parts. My experience with the princess is that you only get those super long burn times when the stove is left on a lower setting. Any help would be appreciated
 

bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
25,670
central pa
I’m in the process of having a 2700 sq foot home being built. 2400 main floor, 300 bonus room. Stove will be on a corner hearth pad in the main room with a vertical flue pipe exiting through the roof. I had a BK princess in the basement of a 70 year old house (very poorly insulated) and was pleased with the burn times but no accurate judgment of how the heat output would be compared to a brand new highly efficient insulated home. I live in northern Idaho with long, cold winters and the stove will be the primary heat source but the home will also have a heat pump. I’m torn between another BK or something else since the stove will be the “center piece” of the main room and I enjoy the ambience of the flames on a cold day, so would like a compromise between the efficiency of a BK and the ambience of the flames. I am considering Kuma since they are crafted just down the road from me but would like some other suggestions too. My main issue with the BK king 40 is the price tag and not to mention the price of repairs and replacement parts. My experience with the princess is that you only get those super long burn times when the stove is left on a lower setting. Any help would be appreciated
There are other stoves that match the efficiency of blaze kings. In a low btu application though nothing will keep up with their long burn time. It really depends on your needs
 
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begreen

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Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
89,794
South Puget Sound, WA
In a big place with a desire for a good fire view maybe consider a big hybrid from Regency. Otherwise, there are non-cats that will heat well and provide a good light show.
 

stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
1,611
Long Island NY
Indeed, flames require higher output settings on the BK, which may be too much in a highly insulated home.

Can you talk to your heat pump vendor? They should have done a BTU requirement calculation. Getting that number may give some direction of the output you are looking for with your stove.
 

Highbeam

Minister of Fire
Dec 28, 2006
19,177
Mt. Rainier Foothills, WA
Kuma only makes smaller stoves now which can’t really compare to a king40. The efficient kuma at its 12 hour burn setting should make just as many flames as a similar size BK at its 12 hour burn setting. The only time you get a lack of flame show on the Bk is when you utilize the awesome low output capabilities.

Being all warm and cozy next to a big pile of throbbing red coals is pretty great too. Cat stoves make plenty of fire if you turn them up. The lack of flame show is not an actual problem that I’ve run into.
 
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stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
1,611
Long Island NY
But the last remark depends on what one (subjectively) wants...
 

BKVP

Minister of Fire
We lit our King yesterday! We had a "freeze warning". There was quite the flame show and I've learned from Poindexter of the benefits of a wife being too warm! Man you gotta love 5 year old C/S/S tamarack!
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
89,794
South Puget Sound, WA
We've been burning for the past few days too. There was no worry about overheating the house with 4-5 split loads.
 

ratsrepus

Minister of Fire
Jan 5, 2018
606
Howell, Mi
maybe this weekend, been to warm here is SE Michigan