I’ve had one for 5 years and absolutely love it. Since I live in a rural area there is no problem with the emissions and bothering neighbors. With the way propane has went thru the roof I couldn’t imagine heating my house without one. The life expentancy is arguable, but depending on the material used for the firebox it can be quite long. My stove happens to be stainless and I is warrantied for like 20 or 25 years…although I truely don’t expect it to last that long. I do know several other people that heat their homes and domestic hot water with outdoor stoves and all love it. In fact, when my propane water heater went out this year I replaced it with electric so I can be completely free of propane!
Anyway, one of the best stoves on the market is from Central Boiler. I would recommend you visit their site (i’m unsure of the address) as they have a lot of info regarding these types of stoves.
One thing is for sure, outdoor stoves are a way of life. They are definetley not for everyone!! I cut my own wood, for the most part, and stack it as a way to get much needed exercise. When you go out of town during the cold months you must either switch back to another fuel source or have someone load the stove periodically for you. The cost savings for me personally was tremendous since I bought mine before the price of metal was driven way up a year or two ago.
Now, I read earlier in this post that someone saw the forest disappear due in large part to these woodstoves is ridiculous. The forests are disappearing beause mills and such are buying up the wood, not because of wood stoves. My stove, an average size stove, uses at most 10 pulp cord a year.
Anyway, I gotta run for now but if you want more info please email me at