Hearthstone Heritage Wood Stove Review – The Hearthstone Heritage has been one of the best selling stoves in the Hearthstone soapstone lineup for a long time. It is their most popular model and has been as long as I have sold them. I have burned one quite often in my store as well as personally used it to heat my home for many years. I have a lot of knowledge of the ins and outs of this wonderful stove.
Hearthstone Heritage Wood Stove Stats:
- Up to 1900 Sq. Ft. heating capacity
- Up to 8 hour burn time (can be longer with good hard wood)
- Up to 12 hour heat life of stone
- Up to 21″ log size, 19″ is comfortable
- EPA Emissions – 2.77 Grams per hour
- 6″ Flue Collar
- 475 lbs
- More Specs Here
Hearthstone Heritage “The Bad” –
There is honestly not a whole lot bad to say about this stove, I really love it, so don’t take these lines too seriously. I have to nit pick a few items just so I have some things to say on my “bad” list, but they are in no way deal breakers in my book.
- In every non-catalytic wood stove made today there are reburn tubes in the top of the stove and some sort of insulation directly above those tubes. That insulation is there in order to keep heat in. In order to create secondary combustion. That insulating material has to be removed at the time of cleaning the chimney. This is done so that all the creosote that is swept down will fall right into the fire box and be able to be cleaned out easily. In the heritage this is not the easiest task. It involves removing three cotter pins. Then removing the board that is cemented in for shipping. In my experience you typically have to replace the board the first time you clean the chimney. This is less than a hundred dollar item and will usually last years after the first time.
- The ash drawer design is not the best. The drawer itself is not very big, as well as the grate for the ashes to fall through is kind of small. There are differing schools of thought on whether ash drawers really help or not so I don’t weight this very heavily in my experience.
Hearthstone Heritage “The Good” –
- Amazing properties of heating your home with soapstone. Another article to come.
- This stove has very little man made material in it. The soapstone is quarried, cut, polished then assembled into the cast iron framework.
- On the back of the stove the person in charge of assembly actually signs his name into the stone. Almost like a piece of art. All assembly is done in Vermont.
- The side loading door is very handy. When you are trying to squeeze that last little piece of wood in and all the others are not trying to roll out on you, you will see the real value.
- Bottom line is the stove burns extremely well, heats well, and is extremely efficient with wood.
Overall, if money was not my main concern the Hearthstone Heritage is absolutely the stove I would put in my house. I love the way the soapstone heats. I love the way this stove burns. The only time I would not recommend this stove to someone is if they want to be able to walk in the door to a cold house and fire up the stove to have it hot in 20 minutes. Such as at a cabin or vacation home. If the whole house is completely cold and you need to heat it up in a hurry then a steel stove would be a better fit for you, but for everyone else I would highly recommend it.
Hearthstone Heritage Retail Pricing:
- Black Matte – $2849
- Brown, Blue Black, Seafoam Enamel Colors – $
Here is a link to the manufacturer’s site.
f you own or have owned a Hearthstone Heritage 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