Drolet High-Efficiency Wood Stove - 95,000 BTU, Model# HT2000
An Excellent Woodburner
I believe this stove is as close to perfection as you can get. This upcoming winter will be going on year 3 with the Drolet HT 2000 in my home and the last two it did an excellent job keeping us toasty in our 1100 sq.' home.
It holds fire extremely well. I can load it with seasoned hardwood on a very cold night and shut it down at 10:30 pm and get up at 7:00 and its got plenty of hot coals left to ignite fresh wood. I've lived with a woodburning stove all my life and this is by far the best I've seen. Its made in Canada and that along with its great customer reviews ultimately helped me to decide to purchase it. One of my thoughts was hey, Canada has cold winters, so our Canadian neighbors should know how to design a good stove. And I was right. I wouldn't immediately review this stove because I knew time would tell the tell, and at two years use its fine. During this time I've learned that if you want to clean the glass just wait for a cold day and burn about a half load of dry seasoned hardwood wide open, that glass will be spotless, but that Drolet will be kickin' out quite a bit of heat too. Thats the easiest way to clean your glass.
Under normal use the glass stays about half dirty, you can still easily see flames through it but like I said, its not hard to get it spotless.
My recommendations are if you get this unit read your owners manual follow their recommendations.
I installed a damper in the pipe only as a precautionary measure against a glass breakage which could potentially cause a runaway fire which if uncontrolled could get the stove too hot. This is a possibility with a glass door in any woodburner.
The pipe damper has never been used but its there just in case the glass in the door ever gets broken, it'll prevent an out of control fire.
I've always shoveled the ashes out because to me it was immediately evident this was the best way to get 'em out, but thats no problem.
September 5, 2013
Going on Year 3
Just wanted to review this product again after 2 full years of running it. It's a great stove and I have a 3,800 sqft house and it almost heats the whole house! I only use about 100gal of oil to supplement it. One thing that Durolet could improve on this unit is the ash box. They could have made it larger/longer as there is plenty of room behind the box and since I run it allot I have to change it out more than if it was longer. Plus when the box is full of ash it leaks out the handle in the back and gets all over.. sometimes. I would pay for a longer ash box or may consider having one made.
As far as burning goes I fill it up around 11pm, turn down the air handler almost as low as it goes and go to bed, at around 7:30 am I move the coals around and they are red hot to fire up anything you put in it.
A few times when I ran the unit for a long period of time and then was away from home, 24 hours later I still had some hot coals left to start her back up.. amazing!
This is the best unit on the market for the $$!
August 23, 2013
Drolet 95k heater
Excellent stove, heats a large room and the whole house with box fan. Sent back squirrel cage fan, noisy, ineffective. Can take large logs 10" x 2 foot, I broke out the glass foolishly but found and installed a replacement easily. One man installation. Goes eight hours, no problem, with good load, stays hot for four hours after wood is burnt. Good instructions for placement and venting. Highly recommended to cut electricity cost in Winter. Best deal I found on the internet, after days of search. Love it!
April 25, 2013
Like many others I researched for months to come to terms in selecting the right stove. Bought the HT2000 in 2011 on sale just under $1000 from N.T. fInally got it up and going after completing man caving our basement in 2013. No need to go on about how great this stove is because all other reviews explain it.
What I want to add is that in the 2 years this stove was in the basement crated up I did have to move it several times. Get (4) 2 inch heavy pvc pipe to put under the palet. Roll it anywhere you want. Even out of the crate and ready to put in its place I did this.
I did not get the blower for the stove but I did get a Magic Heat flu heater like one other reviewer. The Magic Heat blower works great.
I personally think the fire box is ok. Not as big as I thought but I was used to older stoves that you could stuff 1/2 wheel barrel of wood in and hope it would last all night. I did purchase this brand-style and Northern Tool from all the reviews that I read on this stove. I am glad I did.
March 19, 2013
Very impressive stove
What a nice stove for the money. When we ordered this stove from Northern tool I was sceptical because I have always believed in the term you get what u pay for. I'll tell you what, we have gotten way more than we have paid for in this stove. We moved into our 1850 square foot home and it heats it with ease. Its usually shut way down because it will heat us out. Very good quality, not a scratch or ding in it and it looks very nice!
January 5, 2013
Excellent Wood Stove
I bought this wood stove for my dad for Christmas he has a two story home which is usually hard to heat. This stove heats the entire house so much you have to crack a window. It holds a good fire and he uses less wood. I would recommend this stove to anyone; it is well worth the price. Just make sure you have help putting it in your home it is Heavy !!!
December 30, 2012
I have had this stove for 3 years now. Living up in the Colorado mountains at an elevation of 9500', it really heats my 1500 sq ft. log home more than enough.....actually too much sometimes....have to open windows. I like the ash drawer and no I don't think it is too small. I added the Magic Heat blower above the stove (see my review on that) to speed up the heating time of the house. The firebox is huge.....I can fit a lot of wood in there for a long overnight burn or day burn when at work all day. I have had my house at 80 degrees one morning inside while outside it was 20 degrees below zero.....talk about a stove that delivers heat!! My last stove was a Country Stove and it developed a crack in the top because of the thinner top plate steel....it couldn't stand up to high heat apparently. The Drolet HT2000 has a thicker top plate of steel that holds up to heat....no discoloring or cracking or pitting of the steel here like the Country Stove did. Very pleased with the Drolet stove and it has saved me a ton of propane since my furnace doesn't have to run very much at all any more. I fill my propane tank up now every 2 years (with the Drolet HT2000 installed) instead of 3 times during each winter without using a wood burning stove....has paid for itself quickly.
October 15, 2012
Drolet HT 2000
I couldn't be happier with this stove! I researched buying a new stove for about 3 months. At first my choices were stoves with price tags double to almost triple the price. Then I started researching the Drolet Stoves. The HT 2000 is a very well built stove made in Canada not China and you can't beat the price. As always Northern had the best price and service. The stove I replaced (a Vogelzang Mountaineer) I bought from Northern over 8 years ago. It has held up well but only had a 3 to 4 hour burn time.I'm almost 60 and I work very hard for my wood and hated seeing it burn away so fast. If I fill the Drolet up at 10:30 at night and bank it down I'll have cherry red hot coals still in the stove when I get up at 7:00am All I have to do is throw a few logs on and the fire takes right off, plus the house is still hot. That was what I was looking for it this stove and I got it. The draft setting works perfectly. With the size of the fire box I can place 20" logs left to right and front to back. It is created well with wood and is fully assembled except a small piece on the bottom when delivered. Get help to move it for it's over 500 lbs. If you are looking for a large stove that puts out a lot of heat with and long burn time, at a great price, look no further. This is the one! Some people by reading the reviews don't care the gold trim, but I think it kooks great.
October 10, 2012
I have the stove in the basement. the blowers do a great job of distributing the heat to the vents cut in the floor. I burns wood efficiently, the venting allows for longer burn times overnight. Glad I selected this model. The price through NT was $300 less than nearest competator.
August 21, 2012
very fine wood stove--very powerful
I heat a 1200 square foot "camp" in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with this stove. I can keep the camp warm even when it is 20-30 below 0. Very easy to start and when you turn down the baffle, it heats all night without adding wood. The stove is so powerful I would not recommend it for a small home unless it has poor insulation. Very heavy stove, I had movers put it in place on a concrete slab in the middle of my camp.
February 22, 2012