Hearthstone Shelburne Wood Stove Review – This is one of those stoves that I don’t think get’s quite enough attention in the hearth industry. I used one in my store as a display model for a season and have sold quite a few of them. I think that it is a great value for the price it is and has quite a few great features. I owned a Hearthstone Craftsbury in my own home which was the smaller version of the Hearthstone Shelburne and absolutely loved it. It is manufactured in Spain which is a real plus because of the flood of Chinese castings onto the market. A lot of Canadian and American stove companies are using Chinese castings. Also just this year they revised the stove so that it comes with soapstone instead of the traditional firebrick, with a lot of benefits to that.
Hearthstone Shelburne Stats:
- Up to 1800 Sq. Ft. Heating Capacity
- Up to 8 hour burn time
- 20″ Log Size
- EPA Emissions – 2 grams per hour (Non-Catalytic)
- 6″ Flue Collar
- 400 lbs
- More Specs Here
Hearthstone Shelburne “The Bad” –
- I have to say the “burn times” that are quoted in the literature of wood stoves are basically an educated guess. There are so many variables such as, (elevation, type of wood, moisture content of wood, flue length and other installation factors, etc, etc.) But with all that being said in my experience the burn time of the shelburne is a little short for this class/size of wood stove.
- The ash drawer mechanism is a little finicky. Sometimes it is a little rough out of the box. By that I mean that it can kind of get stuck and hard to open. I don’t think that this part of the stove meets the standard of engineering that the rest of the stove is. I would play with this in the store a little if you are shopping for one of these and see for yourself.
- Most wood stoves call for a “non-combustible surface” to install on, also called the “hearth”. There are just a few stoves in the industry that call for a specific R value that the pad be rated for. The Shelburne calls for a pad with an R value of 0.8. That is not a crazy large number but the problem comes in when you have an existing hearth or want to build your own. If you have a picky building inspector it will be very hard for you to prove to them that your homemade or existing hearth pad meets that R value requirement. So that makes it a negative in my book
Hearthstone Shelburne “The Good” –
- Spanish Castings, which means cast in Spain, not China. You never know how pure the cast iron will be when it comes out of China, which in turn means how well the casting will hold of to a wood fire over the years. Big plus in my book.
- Glass stays very clean when you are burning an efficient fire.
- Soapstone fire brick is very unique and I think adds a ton of value to this stove. The soapstone will help hold the fire longer, last longer, and help be more efficient in getting the heat out into the room. (The shelburne’s that I used did not have the soapstone firebrick so that may help the burn time, over what I experienced.)
Overall, I think the pricing of the Hearthstone Shelburne is very competitive. If I had the extra funds I would step up to the Vermont Castings Encore myself, but I would not hesitate to own a Shelburne if that is where my budget landed me either. I would lean to the Vermont Castings Encore for two main reasons the TOP LOADING feature, and the 2-n-1 catalytic modes. You can read my Vermont Castings Encore article for more details.
Hearthstone Shelburne Retail Pricing:
- Matte Black Unit is $2099
- Brown or Basil Enamel $2679
- Blower Kit, $329
- Rear Heat Shield, $125
- Outside Air Kit, $164
Here is a link to the manufacturer’s website.
If you own or have owned a Hearthstone Shelburne Wood stove 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