Vermont Castings Aspen Wood Stove Review

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 Wood Stove

Vermont Castings Aspen Wood Stove

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

    Vermont Castings Aspen Reburn Tubes

    Vermont Castings Aspen Reburn Tubes

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  • 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

    Vermont Castings Aspen Top

    Vermont Castings Aspen Top

  • 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 Wood Stove Logo

Vermont Castings Aspen Wood Stove

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.

Yours Truly,

The Stove Guy

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11 thoughts on “Vermont Castings Aspen Wood Stove Review

  1. I own the this stove, we heat 1100 sq ft home for the past 8 years. My home is insulated very well and we keep the home around 70 when the temp out side is in the low 20’s . We start in September and run the stove up to the month of May or June. Consume about 1 1/2 cords.

    We service the stove twice a year.

  2. We are on our second season heating with the aspen. It runs 24/7 and puts out plenty of heat for our 1200 sq ft area (well insulated). It works best with well seasoned 12-14″ logs. To get 5 hours and still have a coal bed we have to load it up, let it go for about 15-20 min then close the control almost shut. Unfortunately doing this does not allow it to run efficiently so frequent flue cleanings are a good idea. Less than ideal quality wood results in little to no secondary burn.

  3. I own this stove and heated with it for 3+ years. It’s small but it does work very well. I’ve always tried to only burn well seasoned hardwoods, particularly white oak. I was able to stoke it at night before bed and still have a bed of coals for a relight in the morning. Never had cleaning problems, even with the reburn tubes as long as I burned seasoned hardwoods. Loved the flame shows with the reburning tubes.

  4. Ihave always had a 3 jotul..but needed the aspen size for my fireplace…
    i was surprised not to have a damper on the aspen to let air in or shut it down…
    I have to leave the door open a tad to get the flalme going…doesnt feel safe
    wha t am I missing?

  5. We have had this wood stove 60 days. I stoked it last afternoon, and 10 minutes later, the outlet elbow glowed cherry red. FIRE! where it did not belong!

    We have been burning only hardwood, with the exception of kindling.

    The fire department was called, and the house evacuated. What a waste of 2-3 thousand dollars.

    60 days.

    • I have seen people plug a chimney up a lot faster than 60 days. It is not the stove’s fault, you could do that with any stove.

      Buy a stove top thermometer so that you can learn how to burn your stove in a good clean temperature range. And make sure your wood is below 18% moisture content.

      ~ The Stove Guy

  6. I have an Aspen Smokeater that I installed in 1980 and have been very please as this is our sole source of heat; however last night it appears as though the fan motor on the blower apparently blew out. I would like to know where I might get a replacement and what the cost would be. The only other problem I have is that the pin on the left side of he baffle in the rear has broken off and I am not sure how I might get to it to repair it.

  7. I have just picked up a used aspen 1920, and would like to know how i go about changing out the fire bricks. in the past i have just popped the old bricks out, clean area and replaced the brick. On this model it seems to me that i’m going to have to pull the top of the stove off to replace the bricks,is this true?

    Thanks, Steve

  8. Purchased this stove this past year, even though there were mixed reviews on line regarding its operation. Having had many years experience with wood stoves, this is one of the best. Glad I ignored the negative comments. The stove resides in a small (150sf) cabin. It vents straight up and through the roof, with double and then triple pipe. The stove starts right off and within a minute or so I shut the door and that’s it! Has never gone out and draws incredibly well. The thermostat works quite well. It is very tight, so it does not leak any fumes. It is so well insulated on the bottom, that even the large stone it sits on remains cool to the touch, even after prolonged use. Obviously it heats the cabin well, even on the coldest of days (but that’s what windows are for). Cut the wood short and even the front window doesn’t smoke up. A great little stove and a five star rating in my mind.

  9. The Aspen is a good stove only if correctly maintained. The air intake at the bottom front of stove needs to cleared of ash every 3 months. The flue needs to be removed and ash and creosote that accumulates cleaned every 3 to 6 months. The fire brick and and stove cement needed replacement after 10 years of use. This stove will heat approximately 800 square feet to 75F in 25F outside temperature.

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