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United States Stove Company, anyone used them?

Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by poriggity, May 20, 2012.

  1. poriggity

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    So, the wife and I are looking at wood burning fireplace inserts, in order to keep the house warmer when the little one gets here. We've found one that will fit in our fireplace opening, that we like, made by United States Stove Co., the 2200i, which is also eligible for a $300 tax credit . That being said, there are no reviews for this particular unit online anywhere, so I figured I'd ask here to see if anyone knows anything about this company, or this particular unit, before we decide to pull the trigger. This is what we are looking at:

    http://www.homedepot.com/Building-Ma...&storeId=10051

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    Our issue is, our fireplace has a fairly significant front to back taper. The front opening is about 30" across, then tapers down to 20" at the rear. The fireplace itself is about 17" deep, so finding a unit that will work has proven to be difficult. We have a hearth that extends about 24" our from the fireplace as well. Any ideas for wood burning insert manufacturers other than US stove? I haven't found a whole lot...
    Thanks for the help,
    Scott
     
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    I don't have that model but I do have a Hotblast by US Stoves and am real happy with it other than the ####ty fans on them. My neice has one and likes it too. There are a few on here with the furnace styles from US Stoves. A search fo Hotblast will get you some imput on the company.
     
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    nothing good comes from home depot. Try your local stove shop, they will be a lot more helpful.
     
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    Try again on the tax credit ...unless you know something I don't.
     
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    We have a freestanding US Stove, King model. It was made in China but it's well built. All welded steel.

    Cantoo is correct, the supplied blower fans don't last long. Ours started squealing 2 months into the season. We stopped using it. It's too noisy. The SheWolf wants me to disassemble it over summer and see if I can lube the bearings.

    The tax credit applies to EPA stoves only. Keith could be right - I dunno if the credit is still available. Check with your accountant or tax preparer.
     
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    Our main stove is a US Stoves Magnolia. Nothing fancy, but works great. Been using it for maybe 5 years now - I think (I've noticed that I've reached that age where my estimates of time are often wrong!).
     
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    I can totally relate to you there. Never thought I'd ever reach adulthood. Now that i did I can't figure out how I woke up and its 18 years later. Ive heard these words, "I just bought that thing a little bit ago. Holy... that was 7 years ago." Really where does the time go!
     
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    Up until 2 years ago I had an Ashley Automatic (US Stove now) that sat in my den. I agree about the fans. Didn't put out any more heat with it on cause it just blew the same amount out of the bottom of the unit as was coming out the top naturally. The only thing I found useful about it was if it was too quiet in my house and the silence was killing me, I could go turn that on.
     
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    Whiteash, I fixed my fans. Cheap Yard sale find and a few minutes and I had all the air I wanted. No more fan bearings for me. View attachment 239113
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    Now that there is a fan! About a 1/4hp 4 speed 1460cfm blower? Good find too them direct drives can run upwards of 350-400 new depending on who takes your money.
     
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    Hey I'm going to throw this out there. Where that 90 is coming out of the back of the furnace. I took and put a T with clean out cap on my wood furnace. Any stray falling out of the pipe dont go back into the furnace and when it comes time to put a brush to the pipe I dont have to disassemble. I just pop off the cap and run the brush up the pipe. Sure makes it slicker than snot on a door knob to clean the pipe out.:msp_thumbup:
     
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    Just a side note when i was looking for my wood stove i was really trying to buy american so i thought (like a dumb ##ss) that anything i bought from a company called us stoves surely was american when i recieved my magnolia i read it was not! ticked me off but o well its been a good stove so far 3 years now!
     
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    Yup...our 1460 cfm direct drive 4 speed runs 320$.As to the tax credit...when i said not that I know I was speaking federally...there may be a state credit.

    December 31, 2011 is the deadline for installation of high-efficiency biomass heating appliances in order to qualify for the 2011 Government Tax Credit. Qualifying pellet and wood-burning fireplace inserts and freestanding stoves must be at least 75% efficient. Most major manufacturers such as Regency and Hearthstone have a list of qualifying appliances on their websites and downloadable certificates.

    In order to get the credit, homeowners must have the stove installed by December 31, 2011 in their primary residence. Homeowners should keep their receipt for materials from the installer, along with the certificate for the stove efficiency from the manufacturer. The credit has not been extended to 2012.
    http://www.examiner.com/article/300-tax-credit-for-wood-burning-stoves-ends-december-31


    This link may explain the tax credit even better..
    http://www.americanenergysystems.co...l Tax Credit 2011 for Biomass Stoves_2012.pdf
     
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    Whiteash and crappie, $20 at a yard sale and it was almost brand new. I bought a belt driven one 1st for $15 but then found this one. I go to as many yard sales as auction sales.. Spend 3 hours tonight spraying round up at my buddies auction yard, 10 acres of tractors and equipment.
     
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    My Wondercoal was built by US Stove and the label says South Pittsburg, TN (just outside of Chattanooga) but when my coal grates broke and I took them out to replace them it was clearly stamped in the iron "CHINA." Now I assume that the stove was installed in the 80's when the house was built and I know that model has been around since the 70's but who knows when they switched from "Made in USA" to "Assembled in USA" (from Chinese parts) to "Imported to the USA." Sometimes I even feel better when it says in big bold letters on both sides of the box "MADE IN CHINA" cause then at least I know what I am getting.

    But back to the OP's question. My USSC is a different model but I love it. I have had to replace several parts (door handle, door seal, coal grates, fire brick) but it continues to throw heat well and for cheap.
     
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    I bet it does throw heat...if you don't mind burning twice the wood.....:dizzy:Just sayin....
     
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    I am sure it isn't the most efficient burner out there but you would be surprised how little wood I go thru. The most wood I ever burned in a winter was about 3 cords. Last winter was very mild and I only used about a cord and a half. Now it also wouldn't be my first choice of stove if I was adding a stove or upgrading but it was here when I bought the place and I have been pretty pleased with its performance.
     
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    Well you are in Tn...missed that one...can't imagine your call for heat is all that strong to begin with...as long as you are happy is all that counts.
     
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    About the wood burning stove tax credit B.S. when I finally figured it out, they gave you a max. tax credit of up to $1500 max over 2 years for a couple, you would have to spend about $5,000 on a wood stove and installation to get the full $1,500 credit spread out over 2 years. Or something like that, my numbers may not be exact? But the bottom line was don't get tricked into thinking you would get a $1,500 credit unless you spend a lot. You only get a percentage on what you spend, up to a max credit of $1,500 Maybe I'm wrong buts that the way it looked to me after I examined it closely.
     
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    No you are correct. There was a tax credit of a certain percentage up to $1500 max. I think that was in 2010. Then they had a deal like 10% up to $300 for 2011. Far as I can tell this year 2012 there is no credit at all. None I can find at the state or federal level here anyway
     

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