thinkpad411: We've had a 602CB for about 4 years now, great stove. However, the
secondary air ports seem to have clogged up with fly ash. I remember being
able to see the cool looking wafts of the air burning off the gasses when
we had a slow hot fire going. Any idea on how to clean out the ports
neumsky1: Have you or are you familiar with the Vermont castings Aspen?
TheManFromAlaska: @neumsky1 --part 2 However the Aspen is 80 lbs heavier than the 602 which
would possibly hold the heat longer after it is up to temperature. The nice
thing about the 602 is that it heats up relatively quick and keeps putting
out a lot of heat. It also is one of the easiest starting and running
stoves I have ever used. I guess it all depends on which one you can buy
locally. For me this was the F602CB, and I am very glad to have this little
work horse of a stove. Good luck.
Pawel Lepka: i've bought this stove for my parents. so pretty, cute and really nice
stove with gorgeous design!
TheManFromAlaska: @boatgoball The burn time is pretty good but it does require more feeding
than a bigger stove mostly because of the small firebox. I would say though
that it burns less wood though than other bigger stoves I have had.
TheManFromAlaska: @neumsky1 I know that Vermont Castings make nice stove but have not had any
experience with them. The F602B is listed at over 75% efficiency which I
would believe based on the performance that I get on a load of wood. The
Aspen apparently is 69% efficient. Whether or not you would see much
difference is questionable though. The F602B has a 28,000 BTU output while
the Aspen only has 18,000 BTU. This would make a significant difference in
heating capacity and fuel consumption.
boatgoball: does a stove like this burn fuel more rapidly?
TheManFromAlaska: @pawell75 Yep they are nice little stoves. I am looking forward to getting
to use it here in a few months.
Oldbmwr100rs: I have this same stove in my little place in Nevada, it works surprisingly
well,too.It can heat the living room well over 70 in a short time. It's
small, so it needs a fair amount of attention, but it really doesn't take
all that much wood to keep it going.