Review: Lopi Leyden
Lopi Leyden Wood Stove
I have heated my home strictly with wood and have had no other heat source for 30 years. I purchased my Lopi Leyden Wood Stove in 2007 when I became employed at a job working 12 hour rotating shifts with a 3 hour total commute. This is a large stove for my 1200 square foot under-insulated house, but the temperature is easily controlled by dampering down the bypass. I damper it down just before the temperature reaches a comfortable level, and the heat comes up to, and stays at, just where I want it. During the coldest part of the winter, I would get a hot fire burning, then fully load the stove, and damper it down before I left for work. I would arrive home 15 hours later, and the stove was still warm to the touch. It kept my houseplants and pipes from freezing, even down to 16 degrees Fahrenheit. I had a problem with the bypass handle flopping open shortly after buying this stove, which was of great concern with the amount of wood that this stove holds and the temperatures it can reach. My stove dealer quickly came over with a ratchet-style fix kit and installed it and I have had no problems since. This problem appears to have been addressed on the the newer models. The air-intake handle came loose last year, but I use the ash drawer as an air intakes for starting the fire instead. It has not been a problem. My outside air intake is wonderful and keeps the floors from becoming drafty. I love the top-load feature and the removable ash pan. I also chose this model for its direct cooktop feature for stormy day power outage cooking. This stove cost more than my former Lopi, which burned for 3 - 5 hours maximum, but the Lopi Leyden saved me from having to install and pay bills on a much more costly system to keep my house warm for extended periods. I would recommend this stove as long as it has the ratchet style bypass handle for safety.