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Old 10-31-2009, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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I've had a Hearthstone stove for 6 years now and I love it. Mine's not soapstone but it's still 75% efficient burning wood. My neighbor across the road just bought one (Bennington? model) and his is 80% efficient and has the side door also but no soapstone. There's several people here at the base that have Hearthstone stoves - you can tell which houses because they hardly ever have any smoke coming out of the chimney. And on that note, I cleaned my pipe out last weekend for the first time in over 2 years and only got enough soot out to fill an ice cream bucket about 1 inch deep.
No, I don't sell Hearthstone stoves, I just love mine and I've owned 2 other Earthstoves, and 3 other stoves that I can't remember what brands.
The smoke out of the chimney has a lot to do with factors other than stove brand. Modern stoves such as the one I posted above and a lot of other brands, are designed to produce the cleanest burns possible, and usually are EPA listed. Other factors that create dirty burns are: improper draft, not seasoned wood, burning certain soft woods, low temperature burns, improper stack length, and so forth.
Look for your stove below, and see its efficiency rating:
http://www.epa.gov/oecaerth/resource...tifiedwood.pdf

Catalytic stoves usually burn cleaner than non-catalytic ones, but as I said before, some modern non-catalytic stoves are designed to burn just as clean as long as you understand how to operate the stove and follow the manufacturer''s recommendations. There is a burn temperature range one must adhere to for the cleanest burns possible.

A friend of mine has a Blaze King (maybe Blaze Queen?) catalytic stove. The first thing he does is to burn the fire hot so the temperature reaches 600 degrees, at which point the catalytic ignites (turns read hot). When it does so, any visible smoke out the stack is not present. My stove's optimum temperature operating range is between 400 and 600 degrees. Once there, there is no visible smoke coming out the stack.

Your stove probably works the same way as other modern stoves in that certain guidelines must be followed for clean burns.
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That said, in the interior of Alaska when it's real cold, don't expect very long runs unless you stuff a lot of firewood in the stove while maintaining the proper draft to avoid a chimney fire and burn the home. We have a lot of fires caused by unattended wood stoves. A home in Northern Vermont or Northern NY would be a lot easier for maintaining long burns from any stove, because it's not -45 and colder outside.

New houses are built pretty tight, so one must either install an air exchanger in the home to bring outside air to the furnace (or boiler) and the stove, or to bring outside air via pipes. Since the air is so cold outside, it takes a little longer for the burn to get real hot. Drafty homes provide enough air for these units to operate, but the price of such a home is the extremely high expense for staying warm.

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Old 12-19-2012, 05:58 PM
 
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I have a soapstone woodburner and would like to put something on top of it filled with water to get some humidity in the air but I'm afraid to put anything on top of the soapstone. Can something be purched special for soapstone woodstoves? And where would I find this?
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:59 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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I have a soapstone woodburner and would like to put something on top of it filled with water to get some humidity in the air but I'm afraid to put anything on top of the soapstone. Can something be purched special for soapstone woodstoves? And where would I find this?
I looked around the Internet and could not find an answer for you. But I wonder if Hearthstone Stoves can give you some ideas?
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Homer Alaska
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We had a soapstone wood stove in one of our homes. It was the best wood stove we ever had. I wish we would have removed it and taken it with us when we sold that home.

Regarding moisture source-I used to set one of those big old-fashioned tea kettles on the stove with no problems what so ever. Even a pan of water would work just fine.
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Old 12-22-2012, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Valdez, Alaska
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We have a Hearthstone Heritage and really like it, though I don't have much to compare it with. It drafts well, puts out heat for a long time, and is simple to operate. The side loading door is great. I wouldn't ever have a stove without that feature. We did have a stone flake off on the inside, and out was a bit of a hassle getting a replacement stone, and when we did get it we decided to try a high temperature putty (I'd have to ask my guy for details on that) instead of tearing the stove apart, and that looks like it's working fine. The guy at Central Plumbing in Anchorage said that was only the second one he knew of that had had a stone break.
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