Wood Stove Research
- Alaska Kodiak Coal Stove
- Ashley Stoves - arboristsite.com/community
- Baby Bear
- Colony Hearth Earth Stove
- Cylinder Stoves - camp stoves
- Fisher Baby Bear
- Fisher Grandpa model
- Fisher Mama Bear Stove - wood-stove.org/
- Fisher PAPA model
- Hearthstone soapstone
- Jøtul F 118 CB Black Bear
- Jotul Oslo F500 Firelight
- Jøtul F 100 Nordic QT (CF)
- Lopi 1250 Wood Stove
- Pacific Energy Vista Wood Stove
- Timberline very similar to the Fishers,
- Vermont Castings Defiant Encore
- Vermont Castings Defiant
- Woodstock Soapstone stove
Bob Fisher had some basic criteria that he wanted from his stove, and his wife supplied some of her own:
This is our signature small / medium woodstove now with an enhanced
fire view. The Jøtul F 3 CB is the world's best value for your heating
dollar and is the best selling small / medium cast iron woodstove in
North America. Selling up to 20,000 stoves worldwide each year, the
Jøtul F 3 CB has an impeccable track record for durability- as do all
of our stoves. Along with our other woodstoves, Jøtul has developed
and manufactured the first complete line of non-catalytic woodstoves
with open door fire viewing.
This heater is highly efficient which make this stove very
attractive. Most people who buy this wood-burning stove enjoy it and
keep it for ridiculously long periods of time. The wood burns on a bed of
ash, rather than having some sort of grate. This has been said to be the
best way of burning wood in a stove. A built-in, yet extremely effective
airwash system keeps the large windows clean and free of condensation,
allowing you to enjoy the large view of the fire.
- It had to be an airtight wood stove
- Ventilation needed to be restricted and controlable with vents
- It had to be able to keep a fire in over night
- Carol wanted to be able to cook on the top of the stove
- The stove couldn't smoke when the door was opened
- The Fisher Stove had to last - this called for heavy duty steel and firebrick
Firewood and Wood Heating » Favorite Wood Stoves
Fisher Grandpa model. 20" log.
PAPA model. It takes a 28" log.
our old camper school bus has a BABY Bear in it.
Here is some of the Fisher Story at
For our great room, have a Defiant Vermont Castings, with catalytic converter...Heats well, and wood lasts a long time.
I have an Earth Stove by Colony Hearth in my house. It heats great.
We have had two Timberlines over the years - very similar to the Fishers,
they were the cream of the crop back in the '70s. We replaced it with
a Hearthstone soapstone last year - took some getting used to learning
how to fire it but it sure is nice to have a warm stove when you get up
in the morning.
Ran an Earthstove for a few years and thought it was comparable to
Been using a Vermont Castings Defiant Encore for the last 17 years.
The top loading and ash pan clean out make it a very easy to operate
stove. Heat output is second to none. The catalytic converter is a
gimmick meant to please the EPA and the greenies.
I have used Ashley and Wondercoal with very good results. Got to get a
coal stove or get a catalyis(sp) converter. Not the prettiest stoves on
the market but they are affordible and efficient. Speaking of efficient
I don't buy wood, I can'r burn 1/5 of the leavings from the mill. Might
be different if I was buying firewood.
I have a Jotul Oslo F500 Firelight. My friends own a hardware store
and specialize in BBQs and Fireplaces. Their opinion after going to
all the trade shows and looking at all the stoves is that the Jotul has
the best looking flame. I love to watch the flames as it looks like
the flame is pouring up out of the wood. It is a not catalitic stove.
If you burn too hot you can damage the catalitic insert and they need
to be replaced periodically. They recommended the Jotul and I have
not been dissapointed. They are a swedish stove and have a very nicely
detailed casting so they look good even when you're not burning anything.
I heat my 2000 sq ft home all winter alomost exclusively with the stove.
That stove was just replaced a month ago with a Jotul Oslo. I really like
the Jotul stove it has one moving part, the draft control. Although it
was not a factor when looking at stoves the viewing window in the front
of the stove makes you want to sit, relax, and enjoy the view. I looked
at the new Lopi cast iron stove but the fact that the castings were made
in China was the main reason for going with the Jotul.
I have a Woodstock Soapstone stove. I've had it for about 25 years.
It has a cast metal frame, and 1" of soapstone on the sides and top.
It will keep heat all night. It doesn't use a great deal of wood.
Morso are famous in Europe and I know they sell in the USA and Canada,
they are a high quality cast iron stove manufacturer. Jotul are brilliant
and I have toured their factory in Norway, I could post some photos if you
like? Our f118 nearly heats all the home and never needs rekindled. I ve
owned many stoves and i think jotul and morso are the best, maybe jotul
has the edge, slightly, just my own view. Willy Campbell is a star,
I m sure I m related to him !