I think one of the better ones are CanadianI helped install a 'good one' about 20 years ago. That bastard was heavy. Much heavier than any that we had on the farms/ranches, growing up.
The biggest thing about it, was it was "air-tight" as well as had a "catalytic converter". No, I can't remember the brand at the moment, but after all the fuss of putting it in, once it was lit, HOLY CRAP did it put out a LOT of heat. And the wood just 'smouldered'. You don't want 'flame' in that process, as the flame is burning the gases that you want to get converted in the catalytic converter.
Yeah, you can get 'good' woodstoves nowadays. You're going to PAY for it/them though.
Oh, and one other thing. Outside, at the peak of the exhaust vent/chimney (B-Vent????) there was NO smoke, just a bit of a 'heat mirage' coming out of there. It was incredibly efficient, compared with "the old way" of doing things.
great info guys, i didnt even know about a combustion air supply I can see how that woud help alot. Do most wood stoves have a supply duct? for that?
Just my 2 cents and no change needed, THE BEST MADE IN THE USA STOVE ON THE MARKET, Reduced wood consumption by almost 2-3rds. Only burn 15%moisture content oak, Link follows.Can you buy a good wood stove anymore? What are the better brands?
Are you sure you have the same model? Current specs on the 4300 look like what I have on my 20 yr old one.The boxes are a lot smaller