Last Updated: December 2017
The US Stove 5660 Bay Front is an interesting option. It has an interesting and attractive design that is uncommon in pellet stoves, solid temperature control options, and a decent range of heating. As you may have guessed, there is indeed a catch: the Bayfront is plagued by quality inconsistencies. That being said, if you are dissatisfied with some of the other excellent options we have reviewed, or you don’t mind taking a chance then this stove might be best for you. For those reasons, we decided it was worth a closer look. Read on for our full review…
- Heating Capacity: 1,800-2,000 sq. feet
- EPA Certified: Yes
- Hopper Capacity: 55lb
- BTUs: 48,000
- Mobile Home Approved: Yes, with separate kit purchase
- Model: 5660 Bay Front
What We Like
✔Heating Ability:This stove seems to be able to warm larger spaces quite well although there are some inconsistencies in the reviews with certain users claiming less heat and others more. In many cases these inconsistencies are chalked up to user error, and in our opinion it appears that this stove should be able to output heat in line with the given heating capacity above.
✔Design:This is an example of refreshing stove design. There is an expansive bayfront window that allows for exceptionally clear viewing of the fire inside. The tasteful chrome handle and modern trapezoidal styling make this a truly attractive product to behold.
✔Large Capacity:The 55lb hopper means that you don’t have to fill up the stove throughout the day as it can easily accommodate an entire bag of pellets. This is standard in most stoves, but still always good to know.
✔Control Options:This is an area of pride for the 5660 (…when it works). It offers a built in thermometer, 6 heat settings, a 120 CFM blower, and a build in digital control board. Just to clarify on some of these. The thermometer will not maintain a specific temperature instead it will prevent the stove from going below that temperature. For example, if the stove is set to 73 then it will increase the burn rate if the temperature drops to below 73. The issue is that this higher burn rate will be sustained even once 73 is reached again. This concern can be addressed by testing which heat settings work best, but it is something to be aware of.
What We Don’t Like
The majority of these problems come back to what was discussed at the beginning of this post: inconsistent manufacturing…
✖Quality Concerns:US Stove reviews are very well split between satisfied customers and grossly under-satisfied customers. The majority of these issues revolve around matters of quality. Multiple users have been shipped stoves with defective/broken parts such as the control board. IN these situations not only does the part have to be replaced, but the user is obligated to perform the fix. There are videos online, but this is concerning.
✖Reliability: Again, this is a bifurcated category. Some users say that the stove has lasted them 3 years while others say it has broken down after months. This reliability issue seems tied to quality, because improper seam welding or deficient parts are main causes of breakdowns.
✖Noisy: A few people complained about the fan being loud.
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So there you have it, our US Stove 5660 Bay Front review. This is definitely a polarizing stove. If you manage to purchase one with no manufacturing issues then it should serve you well, but if not then it is a struggle. It is surprising that a stove at this price point still has unresolved quality control issues, but such is life. Ultimately, the decision is yours, so weigh the costs and benefits we have outlined and choose wisely! If you’re curious about more stoves then check out our main page here.