Hearthstone Sterling HT Gas Stove Review

Hearthstone Sterling HT Gas Stove Review –The sterling has been in the hearthstone lineup for a long time. It is tried a true technology, and simply works. It is a big heater, puts out tons of heat and does so fairly efficiently. If you are looking for a big gas/lp stove with not a lot of bells and whistles this may be the right fit for you.

Hearthstone Sterling HT Brown Enamel Gas Stove

Hearthstone Sterling HT Brown Enamel Gas Stove

Hearthstone Sterling HT Stats:

  • Rated to heat up to 1800 Sq. Ft.
  • BTU Range 12,000 – 38,000
  • Optional Blower Kit
  • More Specs Here

Hearthstone Sterling HT “The Bad”:

  • This is kind of an old school gas stove. By that I mean that it has not integrated any new technology in the last few years. Still has a standing pilot light, manual pilot lighting. Thermostat is optional but it will not let you adjust flame height or do anything besides turn it on or off. Sometimes simpler is better, but my personal opinion is that they have worked all of the bugs out of the new ProFlame control system and I would definitely buy a gas stove with those controls if I was shopping.

Hearthstone Sterling Ht Control System

Hearthstone Sterling Ht Control System

  • Looks are always a personal thing so I don’t typically even talk about them. Except for looks of the fire of course! (I am kind of a fire bug), but in this case I don’t love the overall looks of the stove. It is a lot wider than deep, and the firebox is pretty shallow too. I will let you make up your own mind on that one.

Hearthstone Sterling HT “The Good”:

  • Made by a very solid company, and has a long track record of proven performance.
  • Puts out a lot of heat.
  • Actually surprisingly has a great turn down rate, you can read more about in this article.
  • Comes standard with a nice looking brick panel set behind the logs, I think this adds a lot to the realism of the fire.

Overall, I would say the Hearthstone Sterling HT is not a glitzy, bells and whistle kind of stove. It is a workhorse though, it is very efficient and has a great range of BTU’s. I would be happy to recommend one of these in the right application. Most important is that you like the looks of it and don’t put it in a tiny little room where the heat can’t circulate very well. You will cook yourself out.

Hearthstone Sterling HT Retail Pricing:

  • Black Matte – $2499 (plus required stone set, $174 – $251)
  • Brown Enamel – $2949 (plus required stone set, $174 – $251)
  • Also required starter collar (About $76 – $87)
  • Blower $379
  • Spark Screen $63 (Just for looks)

Here is a link to the manufacturer’s site.

f you own or have owned a Hearthstone Sterling HT Gas 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.

Your Truly,

The Stove Guy

Hearthstone Bristol Gas Stove Review

Hearthstone Bristol Gas Stove Review – The Hearthstone Bristol is relatively new in the lineup of Hearthstone gas stoves. It has a unique three sided glass viewing area, and a pretty nice cast iron design. I believe that Hearthstone brought it out to compete with Avalon’s Tree of Life. I have burned this stove in my store and am very familiar with the operation. It has a pretty neat ceramic burner design rather than the standard pan burner on most similar models.

Hearthstone Bristol Gas Stove

Hearthstone Bristol Gas Stove

Hearthstone Bristol Stats:

  • Rated to heat up to 1800 Sq. Ft.
  • BTU Range 16,000 – 36,000
  • ProFlame Ignition System
  • Split Burner Standard
  • 75 CFM Fan Standard
  • More Specs Here

Hearthstone Bristol Front

Hearthstone Bristol Front

Hearthstone Bristol “The Bad” –

  • Overall I don’t think there is a lot bad to say about this unit, other than the price. It is a little expensive in my opinion for what it is. But it is definitely at the higher end of the gas stove market, and you will get what you pay for.
  • It does not rear vent which can be a disadvantage in some installations, but most of the time this is not a big deal.

Hearthstone Bristol Top Vent

Hearthstone Bristol Top Vent

  • The three sided glass does substantially increase the clearances needed from walls in a corner installation. This is because there will be a lot of heat coming out the side pieces of glass. Can also be a disadvantage sometimes but most of the time is not a big deal.

Hearthstone Bristol “The Good” –

  • SIT Proflame Control is a huge plus. This is the latest control system to hit the industry and is fast becoming the standard in all of the medium to high end gas appliances. It gives you remote control over 5 flame heights, 5 blower speeds, rear burner on/off, and an auxiliary 110v plug in. This is all done with a really simple to use and understand remote control. It also has a “Smart Stat” feature which would absolutely be a requirement for me if I was buying a new gas stove. This exact same control system is used in a bunch of different manufacturer’s in the industry. So even if you don’t like the Bristol find a unit that has these controls. See my SIT ProFlame article for more info.

Sit Pro Flame Remote Control

Sit Pro Flame Remote Control

  • Intermittent Pilot Ignition (IPI), is standard with the ProFlame controls. See my article on IPI vs. Continuous Pilot for more information. This will save you a lot of frustration of getting down and repeatedly clicking that ignitor to light your pilot light. All done automatically.
  • The turn down rate is very good. With the split level burner you can turn the unit down from 36k BTU to 16k approximately a 55% turn down, not a huge difference but better than the industry average which is 40% or so. See my article on turn down rates for more info.

Overall I think the Bristol is a beautiful stove, and has a lot of great features for the money. In my experience in the cast iron decorative style market, the looks are the most important. So if you like the look and style then go for it, it is one of the best quality, and feature rich stoves in it’s class.

Hearthstone Bristol Retail Pricing:

  • Black Matte – $3199
  • Brown Enamel – $3499

Here is a link to the manufacturer’s site.

f you own or have owned a Hearthstone Bristol Gas 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.

Your Truly,

The Stove Guy