I'm beginning to dream and do some research for a wood cook stove that can heat our home, cook our food and heat (or at least pre heat) water. I know Ben Falk recommends the Waterford Stanley, and they look very nice, but they are quite spendy. Does anyone have any experience with the less expensive Amish made Pioneer stoves? or any other brand?
Kitchen Queen 480 model is larger, worth the 100 bucks extra.
water tank is another $400
About $2500 plus shipping. These are HEAVY, figure 800 for shipping.
Having looked at these up close in operation as well as cold, I am impressed with the quality of material and manufacture.
Fits standard flu hardware.
Cleans with off the shelf tools and cleaners.
Works with off the shelf pots and pans.
Plumbing fits off the shelf parts, should you wish to tweak the water heating system.
Oven will fit a 14" pizza stone or 6 loaves of bread.
The only aspect which may warrant attention is the mineral wool rope used for the door seal on the firebox. I think it may wear and fray over time and need to be replaced. Perhaps a 5 minute job.
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I have an Ashland. Also Amish, a little cheaper than the kitchen queen (or at least WAS) but needs 7 inch flue pipe. It will heat at least 2000 sq feet with ease. Way overkill. Maybe if your house is super leaky (like you see the drapes move with the windows closed) but otherwise you will need to open the windows anytime it is above zero.
The Ashland looks like a very nice stove, but yes, way overkill. Perhaps the smaller kitchen queen is the way to go, website says it heats 400-1500 sq ft. Our winters don't get that cold, but I don't mind opening windows.