Vermont Castings Aspen Wood Stove Review. This is Vermont Castings smallest wood stove. While it is made to heat one open room or cabin, I have customers that have used it to do a lot more, although not recommended. The Vermont Castings Aspen does not have the top loading feature that Vermont Castings is typically know for, but I still think it has it’s place when it may be the right stove for you. Read further to learn about what I think are the pros and cons of this little guy and then you be the judge.
Vermont Castings Aspen Stats:
- Up to 600 Sq. Ft. Heating Capacity
- Up to 5 hour Burn Time
- 16″ Log Size
- 4.3 grams per hour (non-catalytic)
- 6″ Flue Collar
- 240 lbs
- More Specs Here.
Vermont Castings Aspen “The Bad” –
- It is small. With it’s 1 cubic foot firebox, you cannot fit much wood in there. Not necessarily bad for this stove but anytime that you are looking at stoves in this heating capacity they are not going to have a long burn time or fit a large piece of wood. You definitely are going to be worse off if you try to get a bigger stove and keep it choked down all the time. Read my article on “How wood stoves work”and think about what would happen when the unburnt smoke hits the reburn tubes, and everything is choked down and not hot enough. It would not reburn! Then it would leave you with creosote in the chimney, dirty glass and an unsafe mess
- Handle latch design is not the best, it is kind of flimsy if you ask me, although I have seen them last for a long long time.
- Small glass doesn’t really let you see a lot of the fire. This is because of another reason though that I will get to in “The Good” section.
Vermont Castings Aspen “The Good” –
- It is small, but as I kind of went off on the tangent earlier, sizing properly is one of the most important ways to heat your home safely, see item # 8 in my other article here.
- Slide out ash pan is really nice and not really a standard feature when you are talking stoves this small.
- So the small glass is because they designed to stove to load the wood front to back. Or North/South as some people call it. Not side to side. It makes it a ton easier to load and you don’t have to worry about the wood rolling out on fire when you are trying to get that last piece in. I always look for a wood stove that can load this way, OR from the top!
- They designed a place on the top of the stove to be able to cook on. Not that you couldn’t cook on just about any wood stove it is nice to have a specific spot for it
- Check out my Vermont Castings article for more information about the manufacturer.
- Also for the size category I think a 16″ piece of wood is just slightly above average. A small plus for that one.
Overall I think this is a great little stove. Although I have a couple customers that heat their 1200 Sq. Ft. home with it, I would think this would fit better in a cabin, or if you wanted to supplement heat in one main living area, but not blast yourself out with a larger stove. It’s main competitor in the cast iron category is the Jotul 602 and you can find it here. I think the Vermont Castings Aspen is a little better quality, but neither are a bad choice. They are really similar in price and features. I think it comes down to looks between the two, they really do have two distinct styles about them.
Vermont Castings Aspen Retail Pricing –
- Matte Black Stove Body –
Here is a link to the manufacturer’s website.
If you own or have owned a Vermont Castings Aspen then I would love to hear any comments or suggestions you have for our other readers!! Even if it is an older model, let us know what you thought of it.
The Stove Guy