Review: Lopi Leyden
I have owned my stove for three years now and have really enjoyed it. I have not had any problems with it as others seem to have. I suspect, that most all of the problems others have experienced with this stove can be summed up in two words, *over firing*. I run my stove with a burn temperature indicator installed on it, and have always kept it firmly in the middle of the normal burn range(450) at all times. It keeps my 1800 sqft, 150 yr old house warm all winter, and that's a miracle, considering we have no insulation in the exterior walls and 14 ft ceilings. Also, since this stove is a top loader, one must be very careful when putting logs in it, because dropping them where they strike the ceramic, will eventually lead to cracks and breaks. Unlike others, I also have never taken my stove apart to clean it. I simply do a normal clean, then remove the flue pipe once per year, so I can access the back side of the damper to remove the accumulated ash. In summary, the Leyden is a great stove, provided you care for it and operate it properly. I wish the manufacturer would include a burn gauge when they ship their stoves, because it would save both them and their customers a lot of heartache and trouble later and they only cost a few bucks. My only other mild complaint, is that the stated burn time is a bit optimistic, because you have to choke the stove down to get 8+hrs and it results in soot and creosote accumulation. I have found that the stove can properly run for about 6-7hrs when filled full of hard wood and operated at the correct temperature.