Reviewer: Toasty in Knoxville
Gets it warm with a lot less wood.
We bought this heater about 6 weeks ago and really like it for the most part. We only have a fireplace to provide warmth for the home (along with a space heater in our bedroom for when we sleep) and it used to be that I had to burn 2 wheel borrows of wood a day just to keep the main level heated with the bedroom doors closed. It would take at least two hours of a roaring fire to get the insert to heat up enough to start warming the rest of the area up, and even then after several hours the best it ever got up to was 72.
Now with using the heater I start with the bedroom doors closed and get the space up to 70 in about two hours. After that I open all the bedroom doors and the space (800 sq ft.) gets up to 72 within the next 90 minutes, we've even gotten it up to 74 on days where we were really stocking the firebox with lots of wood and ran it a long time.
My only complaints are that the size of the heater really limits how much wood you can put into it, and you really have to cut the pieces down in order to get them to work well, also I wish the the top of the tubes extended out another 3 or 4 inches because sometimes some the smoke from the first will get caught at the top and then drift in front of the tubes and then be blown into the space. After a little bit of learning time though I haven't had that problem much for the last couple of weeks.
Now for the best part, I went from 2 wheel borrows full of wood a day to about 1 and 1/3 wheel borrows of wood a day, so definitely saves on fuel cost.
Overall I am very satisfied with the product and have already recommended it to my friends and family. Also, just to let you know the product does come with a small tube of silicone sealant so you don't have to go out and buy your own.
puts out the heat
Ive had this 5 Tube Heater for almost 4 weeks and just want to say, it puts out the HEAT!!. without smoke entering the room.
I have a ranch and the room is 32 x 40 and in a couple of hours it heats up the room. The most important think that I will mention...DONT over load..choke the fire then you will get smoke. I would recommend this unit to anyone.