What is the highest price you would pay for a wood stove?

Woody5506

Minister of Fire
Feb 14, 2017
694
Rochester NY
for the stove itself I didn't want to spend over $2500. I'm not wealthy by any means but I won't do a project unless I can afford to do it right and with higher end products that I won't have to worry about failing due to cheap material or construction.
 

Ashful

Minister of Fire
Mar 7, 2012
14,749
Philadelphia
You can get some pretty nice stoves at $2500, particularly if you shop in spring.
 

Highbeam

Minister of Fire
Dec 28, 2006
16,100
Mt. Rainier Foothills, WA
So far I've paid between 800 and 3500 for new stoves (including 10%SST).
 
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toddnic

Minister of Fire
Jul 13, 2013
725
North Carolina
I paid around $3,800 for a PH. Worth every dollar!
 

bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
18,349
central pa
$1200 tops. Heat is heat.
There is a big difference between most entry level stoves in that price range and the higher quality stuff.
 

Alpine1

Feeling the Heat
Apr 27, 2017
296
Eastern Alps, Italy
I paid more than 9k euros for my two stoves. Worth every penny. They will pay for themselves in less than 4 years. From that moment on, free heat!
 

bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
18,349
central pa
No doubt.
So if you agree why would you say heat it heat? In my experience while some of the low cost stoves can be good heaters there are almost always some downsides to them.

Now to be fair there are also some pretty expensive stoves out there that I would never choose or recommend. And some cheap ones I wouldn't hesitate to buy. But in general I think spending a bit more is worth it.
 
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Dataman

Feeling the Heat
Sep 10, 2018
483
Newport, Wa
I paid $3300 plus tax last spring for my Pellet Stove (Harmon XXV). Sold my Blaze King King (1991) for $400 which was pretty good deal for the buyer. Catalyst had about 2 years left, spare gasket and glass (old one replaced).
 

bholler

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Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
18,349
central pa
I paid $3300 plus tax last spring for my Pellet Stove (Harmon XXV). Sold my Blaze King King (1991) for $400 which was pretty good deal for the buyer. Catalyst had about 2 years left, spare gasket and glass (old one replaced).
Yeah but now you have to buy pellets and maintain a pellet stove. Granted Harman's are about the easiest pellet stoves to work on they still take allot more maintenance than wood stoves. I just got rid of the pellet stove in my woodshop because I was fed up with it. And propane was actually cheaper and much easier.
 

Ludlow

Minister of Fire
Jun 4, 2018
1,059
PA
So if you agree why would you say heat it heat? In my experience while some of the low cost stoves can be good heaters there are almost always some downsides to them.

Now to be fair there are also some pretty expensive stoves out there that I would never choose or recommend. And some cheap ones I wouldn't hesitate to buy. But in general I think spending a bit more is worth it.
So what is your limit? That was the question.
My objective is a good burning heat producer. For $1200 (and even less) that is easily attainable. I personally dont require anything more.
 
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bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
18,349
central pa
So what is your limit? That was the question.
My objective is a good burning heat producer. For $1200 (and even less) that is easily attainable. I personally dont require anything more.
I don't have a limit personally. And honestly I have never bought a new stove. I come across a couple good used ones a year. If I want to try it I will buy it and try it for a few years.

I have found the cheaper stoves i have used dont have nearly the control the higher quality one do.
 
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Sawset

Feeling the Heat
Feb 14, 2015
469
Palmyra, WI
Sure, a few thousand. Maybe a little more. The Oslo was $2800 10yrs ago. Would I do it again - heck yah. I would cough if it was much more though. The asthetic appeal, where it sits, how we orient our lives around it, it's practical aspect - all very much worth the starting price. When it comes down to nickle and diming payback and such, then it gets a whole lot more difficult. Monetarily, it's a hard sell to say - you'll stay warm, and by the way, it'll be several grand to do so plus a whole lot of labor to boot. How can you put a price on radiant heat. And how can one quantify depression on looking at a plain black box with no character. To each his own. To me, it's more of a holistic, pay you play kind of thing - what's it all worth.
 
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webby3650

Master of Fire
Sep 2, 2008
10,190
Indiana
I’ve bought several high end stoves. 2 Oslo’s, a Lopi Cape Cod, BK King, BK Ashford to name a few. I enjoy the whole experience and don’t mind the expense. I don’t burn wood for survival, I really enjoy it, possibly too much! Ive sold them after a few years and got most of my money back. All the while I drag decent used stoves home like bholler, I use them for a while and then sell them when something better comes along. I also find the low end stoves to be less than desirable to use. Sure, I won’t freeze to death, but I’m looking for more than simply surviving. If I was seriously trying to be as cheap as possible I wouldn’t run out and buy a new stove off the showroom floor, but I sure wouldn't be looking for the cheapest thing that makes heat.
 
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EatenByLimestone

Minister of Fire
Jul 12, 2006
6,935
Schenectady, NY
Every stove I have purchased has been more expensive than the last, and I haven't always had fuzzier feelings when I burned higher priced stoves.

I'm pretty happy with the price point and value I got with my T5. I think that was around $2500. Probably a bit less. If I have to buy a new stove, I think I'd be shopping for another PE product which would lock me into that price range again.
 
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MaintenanceMan

Minister of Fire
Feb 25, 2010
518
Southern IN
I paid around $500 for my 17vl and around $1800 for my Heritage Super 27 with blower. I might be inclined to pay a bit more for an enamel stove but I'd say $1800 got me the perfect stove for me and my home.
 

Seasoned Oak

Minister of Fire
Oct 17, 2008
6,324
Eastern Central PA
Cheapest was $399 on sale,Reg price $699 and its actually a very good (although small) wood stove. From TSC Farm Store. The Country Hearth 2000. It only weighs 200LBs so its easy to move. Work sgreat in a small space )(less than 1200sf) id say. Biggest weakness is burn time. Would be hard to get an overnight burn. Most i paid was $1999.00 for a Harman TL-300. Usually goes for $2499 and up. The harman has been a fantastic stove since i bought it in 2008. Easy overnight burns,crazy amount of heat it puts out,great fire show and a very nice looking stove.
 

webby3650

Master of Fire
Sep 2, 2008
10,190
Indiana
I only paid $400 for my Woodstock Fireview. You can buy high quality stoves on the cheap. You’ve just got to be aware of what you are looking at.
 
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bfitz3

Feeling the Heat
Jan 6, 2015
384
Northern Michigan
The memory of the bill is fading, but I think my PH was was in the $3400 range and is worth every penny. My propane savings has paid for the stove/chimney and I feel like it’s putting money in the bank when I use it.

My only suggested improvement for Woodstock, and I’d pay a pretty penny fot it, is to ship it with little elves that love to collect, split, and stack wood. With that, I’d have a hard time turning down double the price.
 
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prezes13

Minister of Fire
Jan 12, 2014
910
Connecticut
I paid 3k for my cape cod insert. It’s beautiful and works great. Now I would like to get a free standing stove for my rec room downstairs(raised ranch house). The contenders are bk 30 series stoves or princess. The other stove I really like is progress hybrid from WS but I am not sure if I am willing to pay over 4K for it so that is my cutoff point