- Jan 14, 2014
What other stoves have you used?I assume most of the replied members never owned or used an US Stove 900 and just reflected their own opinions like cars they never drive. As a starter, I bought an US Stove 900 in early 2021 from Home Depot. It is labeled EPA certified and legally sold. I have a 2000+sf two-story home and was originally looking for a stove fitting in my existing fireplace. Turned out most of the wood burning stoves wouldn't fit or they just cost too much in the thousands for a 2000 sf home.
The only one that fit and reasonably priced is the US Stove 900. It is being sold in many places, indicating that they are quite popular. After bring it home, the set-up was straight-forward and the cast iron assembly was quite sturdy. Nonetheless, it was heavy to move around. Fitting the stove pipe was the most critical part in setting up a wood burning stove. And it turned out the more expensive parts were the pipes and adapters.
This is my first winter season I will use wood stove instead of electric radiant heater. So for a few more weeks I learned how to start the fire and control the draft to keep the fire going. Many above talked about air control like automatic window openers in modern cars. I believe most of them don't know what they are talking about. I have no problem with "hand crank" windows in a car. So this traditional cast iron stove has no problem keeping the fire going and smoke drafting up the stove pipe and chimney if the air drafting is controlled via the amount of door opening. I never had issue with smoke since the air circulation will suck smoke up the chimney. The stove keeps the logs burning and heating out with a heat activated fan. This works like a charm and eventually the whole house is nice and comfortable. To me those large size stoves are probably over-rated (and over-priced).
Many fancied a push button wood burning stove like a 8 year old kid in a tree house. No, not knowing how to use a wood burning stove does not mean needing to bad mouth about it if you haven't used one.
No way will I spend $6000 just to have an stove-chimney installer selling me their marked up insert and pipes, besides the already high labor cost. Those stove contractors, just like a car mechanic, or most of the contractors, are there to make money for button pushers like many here. Air controls and dampers, LOL. I spent $400 for the stove itself and then about $200 total for the pipes, fans, and an ash vacuum. Money worth spent and saved from electricity heater. That said, I don't buy cords of firewood like the button pushers. I have timber ranch with unlimited firewood. And did I mention I also have a chainsaw to cut my own woods in the national forests with permit?
What pushbutton stoves are you referring to.
But you are right most of us commenting have not owned or really run one of these stoves. But as a pro I have seen many. And many of them had cracked sides the customers always complained of lack of control. I am glad you like it and I hope you installed it properly so it is as safe as it can be. But from my experience it is without question the worst stove on the market now.