Vogelzang Ponderosa TR007 Review-July 2017

Last Updated: July 2017

The Ponderosa is a powerhouse of stove that packs a punch when it comes to heating capacity, but still maintains a relatively lightweight price point. Let’s take a closer look at this incredible feature set.
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Key Features

  • Heating Capacity: 2,600 – 3,200 sq feet
  • EPA Certified: Yes
  • Log Capacity: 22’
  • Burn Time: 8-14 hours
  • BTUs: 152,000
  • Weight: 400 lb
  • Model #: TR007
  • Non Catalytic



What We Like

Heat OuptutThis is the most powerful stove we have ever reviewed on the site. With the power to heat a small home and a large firebox capable of holding 30lb of wood, the Ponderosa is truly a powerhouse. It is worth noting that unless you follow the burning directions as laid out in the user’s manual, you will not get the same results. As one reviewer put it, even if you have been burning wood all your life you still need to read the manual.
Design: The front door is made from cast iron, and there is a large viewing window made from ceramic glass. This provides a perfect view into the ever changing flame patterns that natural wood stoves create. Additionally, there is functional design such as an adjustable blower (CFM 100-150) and removable ash tray. The blower helps circulate hot air around the house, and thus facilitates faster warming. The ash tray makes cleaning up after a fire much easier, because you simply sweep ashes into the tray and dispose of them.
Efficiency: Even with all this power there is still an excellent 82% efficiency rating and even mobile home approval. The average burn time is 8 to 14 hours. This level of burn time, heat output, and efficiency require solid understanding of operating the adjustable draft levers on the front of the stove. Operational instructions are laid out in the manual, as mentioned above, but we cannot stress enough how important it is to read them if you expect peak performance and efficiency

What We Don’t Like

There’s not much to dislike about this stove, because many of the errors are due to users who don’t read the manual or those who don’t understand you need to “cure” your stove. Curing means letting it burn 2-3 times outside while all the oils in the interior/exterior paints are “off gassed.” This process can be done indoors as well, just make sure the room is heavily ventilated.

Blower:The blower that is included is not that helpful at circulating the hot air. We would recommend a non electric stove top heat fan. These are relatively inexpensive, and don’t require any turning on/off or maintenance.
Certain Supplies Not Included:The main gripe with this stove is the lack of a stovepipe/chimney pipe. To be honest, this is a problem with other stoves as well, but it is worth pointing out.

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Final Thoughts

If you need maximum heating power for a larger space and are willing to put some time in to learn how to properly operate the stove then the Vogelzang TR007 Ponderosa is the right stove for you. It’s blend of power and efficiency make it one of the best stoves of 2017.

Pleasant Hearth Wood Burning

Pleasant Hearth Wood Stove Review (2,200 sq. feet)- July. 2017

Last Updated: July 2017

The Pleasant Hearth stove is one of the best wood stoves currently on the market. It has an attractive design, large heating area, and affordable price. We like to think of this product as the “everyman’s stove.” If you are new to burning wood for home heating then this is the stove we recommend. Let’s take a closer look.pleasant-hearth-wood-burning-stove-checker


Key Features

  • Heating Capacity: 2,200 sq. feet
  • EPA Rating: 85%
  • Log Capacity: 20’
  • Burn Time: 8-10 hours
  • BTUs: 77,000
  • Weight: 354 lb
  • Model #: LWS-130291
  • Non Catalytic



What We Like

Efficient Heating: Stoves can look modern or artsy, but if they aren’t doing their job to heat the home then they’re worthless. The Pleasant Hearth takes this commitment seriously, and expands on that with a great EPA efficiency rating and only 3.6g/h of emissions. This means that you’ll be getting the most heat from your wood fuel. The addition of a blower helps quickly warm rooms, and the long burn times ensure that there’s minimal loading work involved.
Design: The stove has a classic cast iron door, chrome handle, and ceramic glass viewing window which add a rustic vibe to any space. This stove is about function as well. The interior firebox is lined with brick and features an ash catcher (similar to the grease pan on a grill) so the ash can be easily swept away. Finally, there is a draft control user on the front of the unit, so the user can control how much air enters the stove. These features allow the stove to heat up quickly, and allow the user to tweak the settings for maximum heat output.
MADE IN THE USA: It is always great support American manufacturing, especially with a product that was used by colonists to heat their homes.
5 Year Warranty: Always nice when a company provides a service like a warranty to make your buying decision a lot less stressful.

What We Don’t Like

Curing Time: The stove requires “curing,” which is the “off gassing” (during a fire) of paints and oils used in the manufacturing process. This is perfectly natural, but can produce some smelly results. We recommend lighting the first few fires outside or heavily ventilating your home. This way you won’t be subject to the fumes. After around 3 fires the stove will be fully cured, and will no longer produce any unnatural  fumes/odors.
OK Heat fan/blower: A blower is an internal fan that helps circulate hot air throughout the room by drawing cool air in. This comes with the stove itself, and does a decent job of moving air, but the variable speed settings do not make much of a difference.
Misc: A few cases of mishandling led to some products being damaged, but his was rare. Some reviewers also wished that the stove could accommodate larger logs.

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Which Size Should You Buy?

If you choose to purchase this stove make sure you buy the right size. The 2,200 heating radius stove is classified as “Large” size, and should heat a small house. There are also relatively similar “Medium” and “Small” sizes. The medium should work well for a small cabin, and the small for a large room. These are only estimates, and it is hard to be accurate when room sizes vary and stove output is not always exactly what it claims to be. 

Final Thoughts

Reviewers loved how the stove would keep them toasty warm throughout the long winter, and were pleasantly surprised at the heat that was milked out of each log. In the end, what really made them choose this stove was it’s price point and enduring reputation. Overall, these purchasing justifications seem to hold true. This is a decidedly “low-frills” stove, but it does the important things properly. We will agree with the reviewers, and say that the history of reliability, affordability, and style make it our top choice for first time stove buyers in 2017.

Vogelzang wood stove

Vogelzang Wood Stove Reviews – Top 3 Models (July. 2017)

The defender is an air tight steel wood burning stove. It has a beautiful charcoal black finish and is engineered for excellence.

The story of the stove dates back to 1974 when Vogelzang first started offering affordable heating products. The company is dedicated towards providing some of the finest selections in wood and pellet stoves. According to the company website, their motto is “our customers come first.”

When purchasing a Vogelzang stove you can expect the most pristine design as well as a high level of safety and support. All their products have been tested by their engineering department and the stoves meet the current safety standards.

If you’re looking to keep warm this winter, this is the stove to look out for.


Vogelzang Wood Stove – 3 Models

There are several types of Vogelzang stoves, the ones we’ll be reviewing today are the TR001, TR004, and the TR009.

#1 TR001 Defender EPA Wood Stove

Vogelzang TR001 Defender EPA Wood Stove

The defender is truly a feat of modern science. Its overall architecture is something to marvel at. It comes equipped with a heavy cast iron door that has a ceramic glass embedded within it to give provide a magnificent view of its inside.

The process behind its technology is simple. The air inlet at the front burns the wood upon starting up. The secondary air inlet at the back of the box feeds air to the upper side of the stove through 3 tubes. This allows air to easily circulate in and out of the stove to provide maximum efficiency and the highest level of warmth. In our opinion, this stove has a very efficient way of outputting the most energy for the wood put in.

Notable Features:

  • Adjustable legs
  • Can take logs up to 17”
  • 75% Efficiency
  • EPA Certification


  • Up to 1,200 sq. ft.
  • 68,000 BTUs
  • 260 lbs


#2 TR004 Colonial EPA Wood Stove


This is a beautiful airtight fireplace that will definitely improve the efficiency of a normal fireplace. Like the TR001 it is constructed of a heavy cast iron door with a ceramic glass interior to allow for viewing of the inside. What’s nice about this specific stove is that it comes with a hearth surround to fully block off the existing fireplace. Installation is very easy thanks to its spring loaded automatic adjustment system.

Notable Features:

  • Can burn up to 8hrs
  • Accepts logs 18”
  • 75% Efficiency
  • Blower included
  • EPA Certification


  • Heat up to 1,800 sq. ft.
  • 265 lbs
  • 69,000 BTUs


#3 TR009 Performer EPA Wood Stove

Vogelzang TR007 Ponderosa with Blower

The performer, like the name suggests, is an absolute powerhouse. It can produce extraneous amounts of heat for long periods of time. Coming in at 119,000 BTU’s, this stove can have a continuous burn of up to 12 hours on just a single load.

Unlike the TR001 and TR004, the TR009 is able to accept 20” logs, allowing for completely new possibilities. It has a much larger heating range of up to 2200 sq. ft.

It comes equipped with a heavy cast iron door and an air washed glass window that allows for a magnificent view of the inside. Another handy feature of the performer is a fire ash drawer to allow the user to easily clean the ash out of the firebox.

In our opinion, the best time to use this stove is when you need lots of heat for extended periods of time.

Notable Features:

  • Up to 12hr burn time
  • 20” log accepted
  • Adjustable high speed (100 CFM)
  • 75% efficiency
  • EPA Certification


  • Heats 2,200 sq. ft.
  • 119,000 BTUs
  • 356 lbs


Final Thoughts

If you are in search of a reliable wood stove to keep your home warm during the cold winter months, you can only expect the highest quality from the Vogelzang models. Depending on your house size and your needs, you can select between any of the three models. However, if you would like to check out some other reviews on stoves, visit our homepage for more information.