Vogelzang 'The Performer' High-Efficiency Wood Stove - 119,900 BTU, EPA-Certified, Model# TR009
OK for the price
I have had this installed for 4 years now in a 1,200 square foot pole barn with a 680 square foot loft. I waited until now to write a review because I judge my purchases on reviews so wanted to give it a lot of thought. Works well for my needs but would look at different burners for in my house. The door is cheaply made and requires constant adjustment. Very rarely can I get it completely sealed due to the adding of firewood as the night goes on. Although it is one of the medium to larger fire boxes on the market, still have to cut/split the wood in a way to maximize the amount of wood that will fit for each burn. The 10 to 12 hour claim is totally false. You will have a slightly warm box after 8 to 10 hours but no warmer than 80 or 90 degrees (box temp). Have to add wood every 2 hours to keep the box hot. Took a while to figure out the most efficient way to burn but eventually figured it out. After a nice bed of coals, fill the box and turn the vent to three quarters or all the way closed. This will start the heat exchange tubes in the top to start firing like a furnace but it only lasts for 20 minutes. Wood last a lot longer this way. You can also keep the vent open but will burn wood much more quickly that way. Keep door closed tightly after the box is up to temperature. My pipe goes straight up out the roof with no elbows (approx. 24 feet) so the pipe is clean even after 4 years. Burn about 30 to 35 fires a year. After burning all day, can bring my lower room up to 55-60 degrees. About what I would expect with a partially insulated barn. The walls are insulated but have not finished the ceiling yet. Barn is wrapped in Tyvek with vinyl siding and OSB inside and out and r13 in walls. Not much smoke out the chimney and does do a good job of reclaiming or re-burning the smoke as claimed. After 4 years, there is a little rusting on the outside but may be due to the environment as it is used. Overall…? I’m happy with it. Nice to have a beverage while sitting in front of the large glass. I live in Michigan. Use hard dry wood!
November 11, 2013
I bought this and put it in myself with Northern's chimney products. If was my first time doing this job but I am pretty handy with tools.
The stove came packaged perfect strapped to a pallet. It was heavy though and took a few men to carry it. I followed the directions and it went together and works perfect.
I was surprised at how cool the sides and back were even with the vents open. The front and top got super hot. The glass stayed fairly clear but when choked down with wetter wood it smokes up. It clears again once hot. The fan won't blow your wig off but it does the job. I don't see me using the fan much though. It isn't really needed. I was surprised at the load of logs it would take. The tubes in the top take some room and it won't take long logs. But it will take enough to burn for a good while.
I would buy this stove again and have been thrilled by Northern's customer service.
April 5, 2013
Good Quality Stove - Would recommend
Have had this stove for the entire 2012/2013 season and have been very happy. just a few notes though....
1. Once the stove is fully hot and running, it does a very good job of Secondary burn and taking advantage of all of the gases that are released
2. 100cfm fan is alittle loud and wished that it was alittle stronger to pull the heat off of the stove alittle better. I run a small box fan towards it to get air movement across the stove.
3. Seem to break the ceiling bricks within the stove quite easily - make sure to order extra's to replace - they are not expensive
Few tips to operate the stove
1. Airflow to feed the fire comes in from the bottom front of the Firebox, when making a fire, try to keep a clear airway from the front clear to the back to allow the air to drawl thru the entire firebox. I typicaly make a channel in the coals before I add more wood each time.
2. As stated before, keep the door slightly open (and attended) for 20 mins to get a fresh new fire started.
3. Also, to keep the stove really going, I reload every 4-6hours and do a total clean out every 2days or so.
4. I have worked on putting wood both front to back vs side to side and haven't found that either way is really any better than the other. Just make sure that you leave the channel for air.
March 7, 2013
Great Stove-think about your log sizes though
We installed the stove in December of 2010. Our electric bill was cut in HALF the very next month and we were not burning really good seasoned wood at the time. The winter of 2011 worked out even better. Even lower electric bills, dryer wood and toasty comfortable heat. The stove works well. Radiates great heat and has held up well. Some of the other brands of stoves had weaker handle and seal designs but we have been very happy with the Vogelzang. Two comments that keep this from being a 5-star product are: (1) the blower units is awful; loud and really doesn't move much air at all and (2) the depth of the firebox only allows a 14"-16" long piece of wood. You can go wider side to side, but the combustion air flow runs front to back on this unit. Running the logs front to back actually allow for less combustion air and longer burn times in our experience. Side to side does not seem to perform as well. I would get a deeper box unit on my next install, but am still overall quite happy with the performance of this stove. I can't wait for cold weather this year - I have 3 year aged red oak waiting for the fire!!
October 15, 2012
I would definitely recommend this stove.
We bought this stove last winter. It served us very well throughout the winter. We saved a ton of money on our electric bill using this wood stove. We used to heat with propane gas until the prices shot through the roof! This wood stove is our primary heat now.
We expect this stove to last a very long time. We are totally satisified.
August 16, 2012
Wood Stove performs
The Performer met expectations.The stove was easy to install and easy to use.
The stove enhanced the kitchen environment.
May 7, 2012
I have been using this product for 1 month now and this is my conclusion. You can not have this unit burn at 119,000 btu's, doesn't matter what type of wood you use. I used mixed hardwoods, White Oak, Red Oak, Maple, Maulberry, Black Walnut, Maples, Apple Wood, Hickory and Ash ( I live in NJ and have plenty of hardwoods to choose from ). I have 15 acres and have access to standing dead and cut woods. The most I have been able to get out of the dead lumber, Black Walnut is about 3 hours of good burn. Heavy split wood gave me 4 hours at the most when set at its lowest opening and not much heating going on. I had good coals for the next burn. So, the burn time and the BTU's are completely off. I am very disappointed about that. If, I didn't put so much work on installing I would actually send it back. The space that I am heating is about 1,100 square feet and has high ceilings. I used single wall pipe to take advantage of all the heat the unit was supposed to put out. I have a ceiling fan to move the air. The unit just can not heat the room well. It lights easy enough and the glass stay pretty clean. The smoke keeps in the unit when the door is opened slowly, which is nice. The fit and finish is well done. The stove is very handsome and looks great. I would recommend it to someone if the space that the plan on heating is less than 1,800 square feet and they don't mind the smaller burn time. Northern had a great price on the unit and it went out quickly. Never had any problems with Northern, they are a great company. The delivery didn't take place as stated so, I had to go and pick the unit up.
January 27, 2012
We bought this woodstove to go in our 1300 sq ft home. It was a pain honestly to get the stove pipe to fit into the stove itself, and the Vogelzang people we not helpful AT ALL! but once my husband finally got it in there and we fired it up (which was also a learning experience) it keeps our house around 77 degrees. NOTE: the trick to getting this thing burning good is to have the door slightly opened for about 30 minutes til you have a rolling fire....but once you have a good bed of coals it is easy to keep it HOT!!! overall a good buy!!!
January 16, 2012
Paid for itself in one seaon !
We installed this stove 3 years ago. With oil prices skyrocketing and me having access to free firewood, it was a no-brainer. Wow this stove heats our 3 bedroom ranch quickly and efficiently. Burns all night. Love it !
January 16, 2012
This stove is works very well in our basement and heat travels to our main floor. The blower warms two floors about 2000 Sq feet home. Cleaning is a breeze and easy to start or maintain a fire in. There is always wood sometimes even free unlike pellets. When power went out for 7 days straight this wood stove saved us from going to a hotel, even without a blower motor.
January 10, 2012