"Drolet High-Efficiency Wood Stove - 95,000 BTU, Model# HT2000"
great buy well worth the money
Love the stove. Very efficient. Long burn times. All around great stove
November 1, 2014
This stove ain't the old Buck style my parents had when I was a kid. I'm getting ready for my second season with this stove and had a great experience last year. There is a learning curve with loading the wood, how you set the air intake etc. We had many evenings with the windows open and the outdoor temps below 20F and sometime in the single digits. Most of windows open deal was figuring out how to operate the stove efficiently.
I built my own hearth from poured concrete, constructed wall heat shields from angle and roof metal, and installed the chimney and stove. I can't say it was a snap but it's something any home handyman can do with the proper tools and experience. I informed my insurance company prior to installation, did the install, took photos and wrote up a little report, submitted to them and said "looks good". No issues.
Also you need to ensure that the firebrick and insulation in the top inside of the stove is installed properly. Ours had shifted during shipping/installation. Took me a couple weeks to figure that out. If these are not in the proper location the pipe will run a little hot, you'll burn wood at a higher rate and you won't be able control the fire and keep coals all night. But...after consulting the manual and actually getting down and looking up in the stove, I figured it out. With good dense wood this stove will easily keep coals all night and the next morning restart is a snap.
I did crack a firebrick and have chipped the edges on others. This is from me being a little to rough loading large pieces of wood. These firebrick are industry standard and are relative easy/cheap to replace. I'm planning on purchasing a box of the different sizes so that I have replacements on hand.
I just cleaned the chimney from last year and probably got a quart of soot out of it. I will say that I was adamant with the family about operating the stove within the proper temp range to prevent creosote build up. We didn't have nearly enough wood for winter and ended up purchasing at least 75% throughout the winter and once winter was on, we burned 24/7 using the stove exclusively to heat our 1700 sq ft single story 30 yr old home. While we had some good red and white oak the majority of what we burned was tulip poplar, box elder, pine and other low quality firewood.
My conclusions on the stove:
This stove is great. Easy to operate and maintain.
It's efficiency with the secondary smoke gas burn allows for the burning of less than ideal fuel. While burning lower grade woods you will use more fuel, but less density equals less heat. With the way the air is controlled, if the stove is set up properly, it's hard to get it too hot. I can't say anything bad about the stove.
Read the manual and know your stove. Ensure proper setup for best performance.
Buy the pipe thermometer and operate the stove in the proper range as much as possible.
Overkill the installation of the stove and chimney for safety and peace of mind.
Figure out the best placement and how to move air around your home. My placement isn't ideal but we figured out how to move the air with a single box fan and even though the stove is at one end of the house we are able to get the bedrooms on the other end nice and cozy.
Do your research. All these stove are not equal. I choose this stove based on forum reviews, it was made in north America, my friends have one and price.
You won't go wrong with this one.
October 17, 2014
Drolet HT2000 - 95,000 BTU
We purchased the Drolet HT2000 2 years ago and are entering our 3rd winter heating our 2,800 sq ft 1920 home with it. We are very pleased with its performance. With our 1.5 story farm house, the heat tends to rise to the 2nd floor leaving a few rooms cold downstairs. This isn't the fault of the stove and doesn't reflect the review.
The blower is great and if turned on high really throws out a lot of heat.
The glass front door stays clean with exception to the times that a lot of wood is added and the damper is closed off before the coals get hot. Cleaning the glass is simple with a few water dampened paper towels. No chemicals are needed.
There are plenty of coals in the morning to start up a hot fire fast.
The door seal needs replacing this year but still works great as is.
No complaints at all with this stove.
October 8, 2014
Built in Heat Shield
One positive of this wood stove that I was unaware of when ordering, is the built-in heat shield it has on the sides and on the back, a very nice feature. This built-in heat shield effectively helps to draw colder air from underneath the stove through a chimney type effect and create a natural breeze to help keep it cooler. This effect reduces the heat around the stove that would otherwise radiate directly to walls as many other wood stoves do. Actually, I have never seen another stove with this feature included.
September 23, 2014
Heats my whole 1200 sq. ft. cabin at 20 below
I have had this woodstove for 3 years. It is very powerful and efficient. I have it in a remote cabin in the central Upper Peninsual of Michigan where it reaches -30F in the winter. The cabin is well insulated. It throws a lot of heat so only use it in a large cabin. I don't run it until late fall. It can keep a fire all night with one loading. You may need two loads if you run it at a higher setting.
September 2, 2014
Drolet High-Efficiency Wood Stove - 95,000 BTU, Mo
This unit is Awesome. I love this stove I have this in my basement in Maine. Get a fan with this unit The basement is un insulated This unit will bring the basement to 100 Deg. if I wanted it to. There are no vents in the main floor to the basement . It will heat the main floor as well. Of the two stoves I bought from Northern this is a great stove. I am going to upgrade to the Drolet HeatMax Wood Furnace — 130,000 BTU, EPA-Certified, Model# DF01000
Item# 39678 then duct work it through the house.
April 26, 2014
I purchased the Drolet HT 2000 woodstove in November 2013. this is a great stove. I have it in the basement, and it heats the upstairs well. I read alot of the other reviews before purchasing this stove and can agree strongly about how good this stove is. I didnt get the blower for the stove, but it heats well without it. Although it would probably be a plus. I can usually get about 8 to 10 hrs of good burn time with seasoned wood, but always have good hot coals when i reload. I feel like the materials in this stove are of high quality.
February 10, 2014
Loving this stove!
We installed this stove in our 2500 sq foot barndominium and it heats the entire house. It is a great looking stove with the big viewing window, and the ash drawer makes cleaning it out very convenient. We designed the house so that there is an air return in the ceiling near the stove. We turn our system on and occasionally recirculate the air and even the back bedrooms are heated very nicely. Our heat does not even come on and we have had temperatures down into the 20s. We have learned to conserve more wood by getting a big fire going and then shutting the air down and it puts out more heat. This heater will burn all night if you shut it down all the way and then the next morning add more wood and open the air back up. Definitely glad we chose this heater. We get lots of compliments on it too.
February 9, 2014
This wood stove is amazing! My home is 1600 sq. Ft. And it heats the entire house without the blower. It burns very nicely you can load it around 11:00 and it is still going in the morning. I also love the ash bucket it keeps it vey clean.
February 5, 2014
Best wood stove I have worked with!
All I can say is this stove works great!! It uses about a 3rd less wood than my old one, fill it up go away for 10 hours, stir the coals add wood no problem. Great stove!
Would recommend it to any one burning wood. The glass does not break like I thought it would.
February 4, 2014