Englander Wood Stove: A Comprehensive Product Review

Englander Wood Stove: A Comprehensive Product Review

As winter approaches and the evenings draw in, there is something very comforting about the idea of sitting on a comfy chair in front of a log fire. But wood stoves are not just aesthetically pleasing, they are also a practical method of warming your house during the winter months. If you are considering buying a stove, like the Englander Wood Stove or others, there are some things you need to think about first.

Things to Consider When Buying a Stove

Can I Install a Wood Stove?

How do I Want to Use a Wood Stove?

What Are the Benefits of Wood Stoves?

Aren't Wood Stoves Bad for The Environment?

What is the Englander Wood Stove?

The Englander Wood Stove was first created in the 1970s by Bob England. Though the steel wood-burning stove has expanded from one stove built in a backyard to a multi-faceted business run by Bob and his brother Ron, the quality of the product has never decreased. England’s Stove Works prides itself on the quality, availability, and affordability of their stoves, and that combined with their commitment to customer service and satisfaction maintains the popularity of their products.

Product Specs

All Englander Wood Stoves are constructed with welded steel bodies and cast iron doors. They are available in a range of shapes and sizes, meaning that you can choose the stove that best suits the amount of space you have to heat, and what you want to use the stove for. As well as free-standing and wall-mounted wood-burning stoves, Englander offer furnace add-ons to supplement the function of your existing wood-burning furnace.

Pricing

The family of Englander wood stoves come in a range of shapes and sizes, meaning that they are also available at a range of price points. However, on average an Englander wood stove will set you back less than $1000.

How it Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.

  • Vogelzang TR007 Ponderosa with Blower
  • Pleasant Hearth 2,200 Square Feet Wood Burning Stove
  • Drolet High-Efficiency Wood Stove

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Price

We have here assessed the price for the most advanced of the Englander wood stoves, The Englander Model 30-NC is available from most retailers from around $200 - not bad for a stove with so much to offer.

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Ease of Use

The Englander wood burning stove is designed with a glass door so you can see how the fire is doing, and a large firebox which can hold logs up to 20 inches. This means you will have not have to spend so much time chopping wood to get it to fit into the stove. Though primarily designed to heat homes, the Englander 30-NC is also approved for use in mobile homes, for those who want to enjoy camping in the winter months. However, some reviewers have reported difficulty in getting the fire in their stove started properly.

Design Quality

The Englander wood stove is made of welded steel body and cast iron doors, and also includes a pedestal and cast iron legs, so you can choose how you want to set up your stove. It is the most advanced of all the Englander wood stoves, and also the cleanest burning of any wood burning firebox on the market. The stove also comes with a blower to help circulate the warm air throughout your home.

Warranty  

There is a 1 year warranty offered on the accessories that come with the Englander wood stove: painted surface and glass areas covered against breaking or cracking, separation of welded seams, brick fiberboard, hopper, baffle plate, auger, auger bearings & fasteners, auger shafts or/and couplers. A further 5 year warranty is offered against the splitting of welded seams and carbon steel and cracking of cast iron hinges and door.

Pros

  • Clean burning
  • Advanced design
  • Good warranty

Cons

  • Some users had difficulty getting fire to draw

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The Vogelzang Ponderoza is the largest stove we surveyed, and can hold an enormous amount of fuel. This is ideal if you have a large space to heat or you want to be able to load your stove to burn all night. This stove is also safety certified, and certified as one of the cleanest burning stoves on the market, so you don't have to worry about safety.

Price

The Vozelgang TR007 Ponderosa with a blower is the most expensive of the stoves we surveyed, retailing at around $1,000.

Quality

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Ease of Use

According to user reports the stove burns very efficiently, but only so long as you follow the manufacturer's usage instructions for starting the fire to the letter and use well-seasoned wood. Though this is not a huge drawback, it does mean that the stove is not as convenient to use as others.

Design Quality

Heavy gauge plate steel and large cast iron door are of top quality. Additionally, the large stove is designed to hold enough wood to burn for 14 hours.

Warranty  

The Vogelzang TR007 comes with a 3 year warranty on the firebox, flue collar, and door, and 1 year on all other parts. This is not as good as the warranty offered on some other products, but reviewers have not indicated that they have had any trouble with the product after the warranty has expired.

Pros

  • Hold up to 30lb of wood
  • Clean burning

Cons

  • Difficult to get the fire started
  • Warranty less good than other brands

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This offering from Pleasant Hearth is reviewed as being particularly good as a heater of smaller spaces. It is rated as very energy efficient  with and EPA rating of 85% and has a low particulate output.

Price

The Pleasant Hearth 2200 is available for around $1000 from retailers such as Amazon.com and Home Depot.

Quality

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Air wash system should help fire to get started and to draw, and the variable speed blower is included with the stove. The large front door of the stove allows easy access to the inside of the stove, enabling users to easily build a good fire. A convenient removable ash box takes the mess and stress out of cleaning the stove. The adjustable draft system means the level of airflow within the firebox can be easily modified.

Design Quality

All Pleasant Hearth wood stoves are made entirely in the USA and are constructed with a brick-lined firebox, stainless steel ash lip, chrome spring handles, and front-loading cast iron door with a ceramic glass viewing area. The 2,220 square foot stove is constructed of steel, and a large glass window in the front door. However, some reviewers complained that their Pleasant Hearth Stove arrived rusty, so it may not be best to buy your Pleasant Hearth stove sign unseen.

Warranty  

The Pleasant Hearth wood burning stove is offered with a 5-year limited warranty.

Pros

  • Large glass door window
  • Variable speed blower
  • List Element

Cons

  • Less burn time than advertised
  • Front door doesn't seal well
  • Rusty
Drolet High-Efficiency Wood Stove

This extra large stove makes heating a house easy even in temperatures below freezing. Users reported that the stove was able to burn through the entire night if correctly loaded, and could easily be relit from the remaining coals in the morning. The high efficiency aspect of the stove means that users will need less wood overall to get a high heat output.

Price

As a large and well-built product, the Drolet High-efficiency stove is slightly more expensive than some of the other stoves we reviewed, retailing at around $1,400.

Quality

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Ease of Use

The Drolet High-Efficiency wood stove is easy to light and use, and users are very pleased with its output. However, buyers should beware as with several couriers they will only deliver the stove to your address, and not actually into your house, leaving the buyer to haul their stove into place by themselves.

Design Quality

The Canadian-built modern design of the stove is not just aesthetically pleasing, but also sturdy and long lasting. It is built of heavy duty steel, and has a cast iron door with a glass viewing window to allow the firelight to shine out, and users to look in and keep an eye on the fire.

Warranty  

Lifetime warranty offered on the combustion chamber and cast iron door frame. Other parts of the stove are guaranteed for between 1 and 5 years, giving it the best warranty of any of the products we reviewed.

Pros

  • Extra large
  • 98% customer satisfaction
  • High efficiency keeps house warm all night

Cons

  • Stove not delivered into house by couriers
  • Not recommended for smaller spaces

Comparison

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Drolet High-Efficiency Wood Stove

Conclusion

The perfect wood stove for you will be the one suited to your needs. If you have a large home or wish to heat your house exclusively with a stove, then a larger stove like the Drolet high-efficiency wood stove or the Vogelzang TR007 is likely to suit your needs. Of those two, our vote goes with the Drolet, as though it is slightly smaller, it still has an excellent capacity and is both slightly cheaper and better guaranteed.

Reviews on the Pleasant Hearth 2,220 square foot stove are mixed, and because many complain either that the stove arrived rusty or that the door did not seal adequately, we cannot recommend it without some reservations. We would recommend those who wish to buy the Pleasant Hearth stove buy a stove that they can see and test for any flaws.

The Englander Wood Stove is the product to buy if you want good quality at an affordable price. though not as big as the other stoves we surveyed it can still put out an impressive amount of heat. We would recommend it particularly for those who wish to use their stoves as a supplement to other heating sources, and to have in reserve for winter emergencies.

  • Updated September 23, 2019
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