Drolet Savannah High-Efficiency Wood Stove - 55,000 BTU, Model# DB03020
I've had this stove for a year. Loved it all last winter. Heats wonderfully and Is easy to use. I am a woman and took my time reviewing stoves before I bought. I saw welded baffle in the benefit side and thought that was something good. Wrong. I kind of fell out of love with it about a week ago when I learned what a welded baffle meant. Not an easy cleaning of the stove pipe because there is no inside opening for the soot to fall into the firebox. Instead it remains stuck inside the baffle and stovepipe with no easy way to get to it. I went up on my roof and ran the brush down the stove pipe. Then I had to hire someone to help me take the stove pipe apart inside the house in order to clean the soot out. Had to use a vacume and it was a mess. Ended up with soot on the carpet and wall even though I had plastic in a good 10 ft radius. Vacumes often leak soot because it is so fine. I used a shop vac and it was a disaster even with a clean filter. I like many features of this stove but unless you like cleaning up a sooty mess, I recommend you think twice. In my case, welded baffle means the soot lands on the shelf and you're stuck until you take the stovepipe down to clean the baffle. An option is a slip joint but am not real excited about having to deal with it. Still messy. If I had it to do over, I would get a stove without a welded baffle. Otherwise I was happy until that point. Northern is a good company. I am just unhappy with the end result of this product because of the welded baffle. Not a neat person's stove because of this feature.. Very inconvenient. Too bad because all was good until the cleaning experience, but it is very efficient and good otherwise.
October 21, 2013
i am very pleased with this wood heater.
This is my fourth winter and i save about $500 a year heating with my free wood verses propane.I mostly use oak wood.
i clean it out about every four days using a scoop through the door and not the ash drawer that it has .Clean up takes less than two minutes and its ready to go for four more days.
I use the outside air connection into the back .so no air from inside the home is drawn in.This makes the heater more efficient..
February 26, 2013
When I first saw this stove out of the crate, I thought it was going to be WAY too small for my house. I was WRONG! The specs on the Savannah say will heat up to 1200 sq. ft. However, with a couple of well placed, and inexpensive, box fans, this stove will heat more area. It is easy to maintain a good heat level with two moderate sized logs at a time,(stovepipe thermometer), even in my roughly 1300 sq. ft. home with 3 main rooms with 9+foot ceilings, with outside temps in the 20s'. I keep my propane furnace set at 77, and it won't kick on till fire has been out for 30-60 minutes. The only downside is the 4-6 hour burn time. However, the coals stay red hot for several hours after, so restart is very easy. In short, well built, great heat production, air intake is well balanced, and excellent for the price!!!
December 28, 2012
This is a really great wood burning stove. It's easy to load, has a good draft, and gets crazy hot. When they say 2 pieces of fire wood, that's all you need to heat a small (1400 sqft) ranch style home. It's made very well and the tempered window makes it fun & relaxing to watch the fire...
The only issue I found is how the ash can sit on the inside of the door and falls out if you open the door to fast. But don't let that put you off from this great stove. We love ours. We have it out back in our covered patio and use it as an outdoor fireplace and stove. The top surface is a bit small for large cast iron skillets, but small skillets and dutch ovens fit ok. Great for heating up some BBQ Beans and such...
December 26, 2012
Excellent wood stove for any location
Excellent product. Instructions for installation were simple. We live in a 1500sf double wide. We have used it three times so far and it has preformed better than expected. Although it has only been in the 40's this wood stove keeps the house very comfortably in the 70s with only a few logs. The style of the stove is really fantastic and a real eye catcher. The fan is a little loud but we don't use is much as we have ceiling fans to circulate the rising heat. We installed the fresh outside air kit that is required in mobile homes and it really helps to burn the wood more effeciently and cleanly without using the air from inside the home. I would definitely recommend this wood stove unit.
October 26, 2012
I purchased the Savannah from Northern Tool in early September after spending much time online researching the many stoves on the market. I made my decision based on price, craftsmanship, and all the positive reviews. I've only had three fires in it so far, but that is enough to let me know that this is an exceptional stove. I was concerned about the draft since my flue is 8" but the stove draws excellent if you build a fire with kindling to heat up the flue before loading it up with firewood. For anyone reading this review and researching stoves as I did, take my word, you won't go wrong with the Savannah. There are a lot of stoves that could cost twice as much and not deliver any better results. Also, the personnel at Northern Tool were very helpful when I made the purchase. I know it's hard to make a decision sometimes, but I hope another positive review will help you make the right choice.
September 25, 2012
Great wood stove!
We owned a wood stove for 20 years in our first home. When we came to this house, everything was electric (base board) heat and the first winter cost us 300 to 400 a month and barely warm. We searched Northern and found the Savannah. Couldn't be happier. It holds a decent amount of wood and will burn for over 8 hours on a fully packed stove so that I can get up and refill in the morning. Always has coal enough to start up the morning fire and if done right can keep a small fire throughout the day and then stoke it up again before bedtime. We keep a cast iron water holder on the stove to keep the air moist. The stove is at one end of a 78 foot house and the bedrooms at the other end of the house are not frigid even on the coldest days. We still use one of the baseboards at the farthest end of the house, but only on the lowest setting and our electric bill has been below 120 a month for the 2 winters we have owned the wood stove. Wood is a little more labor intensive (well a lot more) than gas or electric heat. We can drive down the road and find downed trees on the side of the road and pick them up and carry them home. We also have friends cutting down trees and will let us have the wood. Even in buying wood, at 55 dollars a pick up load, we have only had to buy 3 loads the first winter. It was a cold one here too. Those 3 pick up loads kept us warm from November until early April. I am so glad that we have the stove. We dropped a tree this year and two friends have dropped one apiece as well and will not have to buy wood this season at all even if it is a hard one. Awesome product, could not have made a better choice. Amazing wood stove. Happy we have it. Northern prices could not be beat and the delivery was off of a city pub (small freight 18 wheeler) he backed up to our pickup and slid it right in, we drove pickup to the back of the house and brought it right in to the house. Everything was done on time and any questions I had were answered immediately by Northern. Awesome customer service as usual from Northern Tool. Cannot beat the way they treat their customers.
September 21, 2012
Great little wood stove. I have had mine for about 5 years keeps my basement warm and greatly reduces my furnace from running saving me alot on heating.
May 14, 2012
The little engine that can!
My wife and I own a 3-season lakefront cottage in Maine and when our old Vermont Castings Vigilant finally died-the seams all gave out-we were in the market for a new wood stove. We have a wood stove in our home in Boston so are very familiar with the entire principle of heating with wood so we perused,questioned,studied (as an engineer I am used to that) all possibilities and as the main heat source we needed a stove with enough BTU's to heat the cottage without turning it turn it into a "crematorium" as some stoves do-all or nothing.We settled upon the Savannah as the price,size and ease of use were all within our range,
We installed the unit on April 2nd and right from the start this proved to be a solid buy.One of our main concerns was the burn time overnight (it was actually SNOWING up there) and were delighted to still have a decent bed of embers after 7 hours so we just put in another log and off it went again,
We used seasoned hardwoods but as an experiment and the fact that we had no wood left,we purchased a couple of bundles of kiln-dried hardwoods and got a comfortable 9 hour burn.
In conclusion,this is shaping up to be one of our better purchases and would have no hesitation in recommending this stove as it turned our 1,500 sqft. cottage into a veritable cocoon of warmth and comfort!
April 8, 2012
Absolutely the best buy
When my husband and I were looking to buy a wood burner what we both wanted was different. I researched many different products compared them. Safety issues were a concern because we lived in a mobile home. I was convinced that this product would more than serve our needs and be safe for our home, we purchased it in 2005. I have never seen one that is as efficient as this stove. I would say that it is more than 85%. I only have to get up once during the night to reload. If it is extremely cold, single digits, then I may have to reload every 3 to four hours. Depending on how seasoned the wood is. Hardwoods burn longer and if cured properly will burn very hot. My husband passed away last March, 2011 and I reinstalled it in my new home. I built a 4" concret slab and used slate for the stone. I also put outriggers under the area to help with the weight distribution. Used steel studs and cement boards and concreted it together. So far this winter I have used 3/4 of a cord of wood and have been burning every day since Dec. 1st, 2011. My house maintains a roaring 85 degree temp sometimes hotter in the main living area and in the far bedroom 78. Absolutely love this product. Best investment we ever made. It is well constructed, love the blower, the air flow adjustment is easy. It has a sweet spot once you find it you'll be able to fire it up get it hot and not worry about it for an hour or two. I only load it up if I am not going to be home for hours 5 or more or before going to bed. The key to this stove is burning hot continuously until you have a bed of coals about 3 inches thick. Once you have that you put in any log and it will automatically catch fire. It will remain a constant temp, but only if you have a hot bed of coals. You can stoke it down so that you can let it go until morning and still have enough coals to get it going again. I have had hot coals in it three to four days after I stopped using it in the spring. If you want the best overall product this is it.
February 22, 2012