United States Stove Company Freestanding Multifuel Heater - 52,000 BTU, Model# 6041
I have had this unit for three heating seasons and felt compelled to review. The unit is tough as nails and I have burnt corn, soft wood , hard wood, and blended wood pellets, as well as a blend of corn/wood pellets in this unit. Bad/ down side first, the blower is quite loud. I f you have it in the living room be prepared to turn up your television volume. Up side, this thing is built tough and it heats beautifully. It cleans easily , as compared to other brands. We clean our unit once a week, every day I bang the side walls with a broom handle to release fly ash, and clean the glass with a clean cotton rag. We shut it down every month to do a thorough cleaning of ash from behind the heat exchanger and clean fly ash from the sidewalls, takes 20 minutes. This unit is multi fuel so the agitater takes care of daily cleaning of "clinkers" that build up. It saves us 50% of our original costs of wood for our outdoor wood boiler over a heating season. I just tore the entire unit down this year for a thorough cleaning and service, it is one tough built rugged unit!!!! Parts are available right from the factory, yet in three seasons we have never bought a part.
September 25, 2013
I usually don't write reviews but I've seen some one star comments on this item and figure I'd add a five star to the mix because I've had this stove for over three years and it has saved me a fortune in oil costs. For those complaining about heat, you need to purchase quality pellets or you won't get the BTU out of the unit. Pellets are also rated in BTUs. Easy clean up and operation. Will need to replace some parts prior to this year's start-up, but figure doing nothing to it for three years is a good run. I live in northern Massachusetts so we see consistant below 32 nighttime temps during the winter and my furnace rarely comes on. The unit is undersized for the square footage of my house, but I knew that going in. House is a two floor, approximately 2,200SF. Will keep house at 66-68 with outdoor temps at 32(ish). Need to run furnace (infrequently) if we want the house warmer or if the temps go into the teens. Hope this helps.
September 13, 2012
Great while it worked
When you buy a big ticket items you would expect a company to stand by its product.
I purchased the US Stove Freestanding Multifuel Heater, Model# 6041 stove in the Dec 2009 and ran it for 3 months. In 2010, I ran the stove for another 3 months. This year I ran the stove for 1 month. After running the stove for about a month the system showed an error on the console. After waiting 6 days to contact customer service due to a holiday closure, I was informed that the controller board was bad. The replacement cost is around 20% of the price I paid for the stove. Even though I only used the stove for about seven months the company would not warranty the part due to the one calendar year limitation. My wife has been laid off and we were using the stove to cut back on heating costs in the North East. Buying this controller will erase all cost savings. So the stove sits idle.
When the stove was working it ran great, but they have lost a customer and I have specifically recommended to 2 people in the market not to buy this product or anything else from this manufacturer.
I tried to contact Calvin Haggard the CEO of the company but received no response.
This review in no way reflects on Northern Tool. They are great to do business with!
January 4, 2012
where's the heat?
twice the btu of my other stove.....and 1/7 of the heat! Good thing i didn't have this stove when i talked my Dad into buying a pellet stove. He would have laugh....and would have never gone from all the work of real wood to pellets.
January 2, 2012
Great Pellet Stove
As a single female living in upstate NY, this is the easiest pellet stove that I have seen, to work with. I looked at a few and listened to others who owned pellet stoves and I don't have any of the problems that others have had. Once the stove was installed, it was up and running immediately. The purpose of the stove was to supplement my home heating. It now seems that the fuel oil furnace is the supplemental heating when it becomes extremely windy out. The stove is extremely easy to use and maintain. Keeping up with the ash cleaning is on a once a week routine and there is hardly any ash to discard. the cleanout is a little messy and cumbersome, but that's true for most and expected. The digital readout is easy to read and follow for any adjustments that need to be made, if any at all. Again, as a single woman, I find this to be amazingly easy to operate and maintain.
March 14, 2011
Do it Myselfer
We are just entering our 3rd heating season with this stove. We originally bought it to put in our basement that we had just finished off. After getting it down there we found that where we wanted to put it would require too much vent pipe making it less efficient and even hazardous. So, we took it upstairs and put it in our living room. I made a nice raised ceramic tile platform about 8" high in one corner and vented it directly outside. It really looks cozy and puts out the heat too. We have cold winters in Iowa with below zero temps and this stove has definitely made a difference in our heat bill. We often will turn on our furnace and get the temperature up to where we want it, then shut it off and let this stove maintain it. If need be we can just turn on the furnace fan and circulate the heat throughout the whole house.
The fan may be a little loud, but we have found it very relaxing and not an issue. I highly recommend getting a small shop vac with attachments and cleaning out the ash (see manual) after each use. Also, take out the burn pot and keep it clean from build up. I just had to replace the original ceramic brick which cost about $50, but the new one is a little thicker and made of better materials. Along with that I replaced the door and window gaskets which you can buy locally. I rarely have had to run this stove on the highest setting and have found settings 3 - 7 out of 9 to be adequate. Very low maintenance on this stove, but as with any stove does require regular cleaning to maintain efficiency and safe operation. We have only burned wood pellets with this stove. All pellets are not the same so that can make a difference too. The one feature this stove has over others is the burn pot agitator and that convinced me to buy this stove. No Regrets!
October 24, 2010
Easy stove to setup and run
This is my first pellet stove or for that matter wood stove of any kind.
It installed quickly and started easy. The only thing I find troublesome is that the feed bins slope does not allow the pellets to completely slide down to the auger opening. This may (questament) reduce burn time by 4 hours, maybe more.
February 22, 2010
USSC model# 6041 - Nice stove
I purchased this multi-fuel stove last year and have already used it for one whole season and have been very pleased with it. I haven't experienced any problems with the stove yet. I started on my second heating season last week. I live in western NY near Buffalo, so we have very cold winters. This is my only source of heat for approx. 800 sq.ft. of living space. I have a really old and lightly insulated house. As an example, I mainly burn hard wood pellets in this stove and it keeps two of the three rooms that it heats right at 70 degrees when it's at it's highest setting of 9 when the temp outside is at 32. My bedroom is farthest away from the stove and under the same circumstances the bedroom averages around 64 (which is okay because I use a heating blanket). On mild days I turn the stove way down to the 2 or 3 setting.When the temps. outside are below 32, the temp inside come down accordingly....On occasion I also burn corn in this stove and find that it raises the room temp. an extra degree or two. Last season we had some lower temps down into the teens. On these occasions I had to suppliment with a kerosine heater to keep the temp above 65. The stove is really easy to operate as it's all digital. Also, I'm not sure what the last reviewer on here was talking about...but there are no different settings for the different types of fuel used. Regardless if you use corn, wood pellets, cherry pits, etc., there are no speical settings for each type. Very easy to operate and it was really easy to install the venting, I installed a direct vent using simpson dura vent, the kind that connects by twisting together. I do agree with the other reviewer in that the fan may be a little loud but not annoyingly so. I do find that I have to turn my tv up a bit when the stove's fan is running. Howvever, the blower seems pretty powerful and really helps circulate the warmth so it's worth it for me. Additionally, I found that I go through 3 tons (150 40lb. bags - which is three tons of pellets) duing the heating season. I would definitely recommend this particular stove.
October 9, 2009
Needs a sound proof room
The room blower is noisy and the controls don't work can't get the setting to pellets. Over priced and belongs in a garage or sound proof room
September 10, 2009