Vogelzang Norsemen Wood/Coal Add-On Furnace, Model# 2500
I have had this stove for 3 years now and it works great. It heats my whole house with no problems at all just like it said. The stove is very easy to use and easy to clean. I also bougt most of the accessories that go with it like air filter, spring loaded back draft, and the automatic blower with thermostat. They all work as they said they would. Overall I am very happy with the stove and would recomend it to anyone looking to buy one. The only reason why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is the fact that it burns a ittle more wood than all my other stoves that I have had and that's the only thing I can find. I have bought other items as well fom northern tool and have had great success with them as well. Thanks
October 18, 2011
This is the second season I've used this stove to almost exclusively heat my 3,000+ square foot house. It has a large firebox and the dual blowers move a sufficient amount of air. However, I did have a problem with one of the blowers "going out of balance". It started to vibrate and became very noisy. I called Vogelzang and they sent me a new blower, free of charge. The damper set up could use some improvement to better regulate the heat. It has three settings, low, medium, and high. Sometimes I wish the damper was infinitely adjustable or had a "medium-high" or "medium-low" setting. However, I can get around this by slightly opening the spin draft on the ash pan door.
It has saved me a lot of (propane) money over the past two years. On a 0 degree day, I can keep the house around 70 degrees with a heaping large wheelbarrow of hard maple or oak. I burn about 20 face cords from November to April. Overall it is a great stove for the money and I would recommend it.
March 22, 2011
I like this wood stove. The load usually lasts from bedtime to waking up the next morning, if you don't have the thermostat wide open. The blower CFM should be larger, cause I can not feel much force coming out the floor vents. Also the ash tray needs to be redesigned. When it gets really hot, it worps and you can not get it out till it cools off. Thats the only two compliants I have with this wood furnace. The stove puts out plenty of heat and would really heat my house perfectly if it had a bigger blower. I am fixing to order another stove and I might try the US made stove.
December 8, 2010
This stove works great. It heats my 2350 square foot house. The only problem I have had so far is getting the house to hot. If you buy this stove you need to consider that you still have to spend several hundred more dollars for installation parts such as flu pipe and duck work. Over all a great alternative to paying for expensive gas or electric heat.
November 22, 2010
good/not so good
This is my second season with this furnance. In conjunction with the oil furnance i have more than enough heat for a 2000 sq ft home. The ductwork was throughout the house for forced hot air so all i did was connect. Just two things i would change and eventually will. The blowers are extremely loud, and the damper mechanism below par. This year i will be also using coal so it will be a learning experience,
November 6, 2010
Nice and cozy
The wood burner arrived 5 days sooner than expected. It was well packaged fully enclosed and on a pallet. I put the burner together and installed it myself. The only problem i ran into was with one of the wires being to short, hence the four stars and not five. No big problem since I have done plumbing heating and electric for years. Overall a very great unit that i would recommend to everyone. It is now 76 degrees in my house and loving every minute of it!!
November 1, 2010
Very good overall heating source
I purchased this stove (2500) last November (2009) to confront my $650 - $800 electric bill. I installed it myself after getting help setting it into position ... one heavy furnance it is ... I found the install very simple with the exception of the last blower, they don't give you alot of room but none the less it wasn't bad. Wiring the blowers wasn't hard at all, anybody that is remotely close to a handyman can wire them up, very simple. I installed it under my house next to my existing electrical furnace and just heated the underneath of my house to allow the warm air to rise. SOunds like a horrible idea but it saved me alot, my electric bill went from the above stated to around the mid $300 with the exception of one month in which I went about 2 and a half weeks without coal, then it was in the low $500s. I burned coal nearly all the time as I needed the extra heat from the coal to get the heat up hot enough for my appilication. This year I'm connecting it into my duct work to save on the amount of coal and will be able to burn wood also. I does take a little getting used to as far as adjusting your draft and all that good stuff but it doesn't take long....couple weeks and you should be up to par with it. For a furnance inside a house it would be a little noisy,the blowers are a little loud but do put out a very good amount of air but I haven't noticed the vibration that I've read about but that maybe due to the fact that's it's under my house and not in it. I have went through 1 1/2 sets of grates but in part was my fault burning the strove too hot .... opening and leaving the draft door open. Was sent replacement grates within days of calling. Learned my lesson on the draft. If all goes well with the furnance this year after hooking it into my duct work then I will purchased the cold air return and thermostat next year or maybe this winter as I plan on using my blower on my existing electrical furnance to circulate the air in the house to start. Of course I will have to purchase dampers in order to tie into my exisiting duct work to keep air circulation from backflowing.
A load of coal would run me roughly 7-9 hours and would have a decent bed of hot coals after 10-12 hours. I did burn block coal as I plan on doing this year also. Throw a couple of big blocks in at night before bed, close the draft and your set for the night, skake the grates the next morning, a little fire would noramlly start back up, throw in more coal, open the draft KNOB a little and good to go for til aound mid-day or so. My biggest complaint about the stove would be that the ash pan ikt fairly small, I was used to the old WormMorning stove growing up which I remember from growing up was 5 times bigger than this ash pan is, but at most, I have to empty the ash pan twice a day, mostly just once though. If your installing it inside your house, I'd reccomend the vaccum for ash removal, it would have to be cleaner than scooping the ashes out with a stove shovel. BTW, I heat a 3,500 SQ/FT house with this and even the upstairs' electrical furnance didn't kick on much as the heat would rise from under the house to the main floor on up to the upstairs and the main floor would stay around 74 during the time the temps would be down into 20's last year which was often in Northeastern Tennessee last year, unusally cold year. I'm almost super excited to see how it does this year being tied into my ductwork. I hope that this helps cover most of the info that you are wondering about. I know it can be a hard decision to make in which furnance to purchase and we don't want to spend a good chunk of money on something that isn't the right thing for the job. I did ALOT of research on stoves/furnances before deciding on this one and I can tell you I haven't been disappointed in the least with my decision. Have a toasty winter !!!
October 24, 2010
Ive only got to use the stove for about 24 hours after receiving it and installation. As other reviews state, it is very smokey the first burn and vibration noise from the side panels are very noisey while the fans are blowing. In the past 3 years our electric bill has risen from $180.00 per month to near $600 per month so i figure i can stand a little noise to compensate for the high electric bill. I installed the stove in the basement of my home, I ran the two heat duct outlets to my first floor duct work and i cut another 8" outlet on top of the stove, i ran the third outlet duct to my duct work in the attic that heats my second floor, As i stated earlier ive only got to use the stove for only 24 hours but it seems like its going to do an excellent job heating both floors consistantly and the heat from the stove alone will keep the basement at a comfortable temperature. note: temp outside was about 30 degrees and im heating about 3000 sq ft.
June 19, 2010
I have only one furnace to compare to which was a little old and slightly smaller. Based on my limited experience I will say that the 2500 is great. I only got to use this furnace app. two weeks before warm weather. It takes a few minutes longer to get heat because of it's heavier design but once going it heats better using far less wood. The old furnace would have to be fired full each three to four hours in mid thirties weather. The Norseman will heat just as well for six to seven hours on less than half the total wood. I'm looking forward to cold weather just to enjoy using this furnace. Ash removal will have to be done more often but that is only because it totally burns everything to powder. Great furnace!!!! Wish I had purchased one earlier.
May 25, 2010
The furnace met all my expactations. A couple of install tips; If you don't have a 1/4 drive ratchet and long extention, borrow or purchase one. Mounting the blowers will be a challenge if you don't have the correct tools. A 3/8 drive will not give you the clearence you will need to get to the mounting bolts.
Mine came with a cold air return box. Again if you don't have a 1/4 in drive ratchet the mounting screws are tough to get to. Put a small slice of masking tape in the socket to hold the screws while lining up the pre drilled enclosure. If you follow these tips the install will go very well. Make sure you use the correct knock outs in the electrical box and put the conduit cables in the right places or the cold air return will not line up during mounting.
September 14, 2009