Review: Vogelzang TR001 Defender EPA

Are you looking for an inexpensive way to heat your small home? If so, it’s time you tried the Vogelzang TR001 Defender EPA Wood Stove. The Vogelzang is a US steel stove model that can be said to be an improvement of the conventional wood burning stove. This is a stove that provides high quality heat without sacrificing style. Not only great in functionality, the Vogelzang is also noteworthy for its design, making it a great centerpiece for your living room.

Vogelzang TR001 Defender EPA

Vogelzang TR001 Defender EPA
8.3

Features

9/10

    Design

    8/10

      Efficiency

      8/10

        Durability

        9/10

          Value for money

          9/10

            Pros

            • - It is very economical to buy, operate and maintain
            • - It has a primary inlet at the front that allows in combustion gases and helps with initial lighting
            • - Comes with strong legs that make it strong and sturdy
            • - It has an ash hole in the bottom that empties ash to the ash pan, making the stove easy to clean
            • - It features a secondary air re-burn combustion system that improves its efficiency

            Cons

            • - The chimney exposes the stove to external factors such as wind that can change the pressure affecting the stove’s efficiency (over firing)
            • - Its installation is complicated

            Check Price and Availability >>

            Product Specifications

            • Product dimensions:  25 ½”L x 23 ½”W x28”H
            • Firebox size:  18”L x12”D
            • Door opening: 17”L x12”H
            • Flue collar size:  6 inches
            • Wood length: 17 inches
            • Weight:  260 pounds
            • Efficiency: 75%
            • Fuel type:  Wood
            • BTUs:  68,000

            Features

            The Vogelzang TR001 Defender EPA Wood Stove boasts outstanding features, such as the unique firebrickVogelzang TR001 Defender EPA Wood Stove2. The firebrick is vital for a stove that seeks to give the user value for their money. This is a feature that makes it possible to use a steel stove without losing heat to the atmosphere. The bricks control the loss of heat, ensuring that only enough heat is released into the room to warm it. This makes the radiation even and comfortable.

            Another important feature in this stove is the vent, which is connected to the chimney. If you have a traditional chimney, you can still use it with this stove; however, cleaning the chimney first may be necessary. Wood burning stoves are more efficient than they were in the past because they are now designed to ensure efficient transfer of heat. The chimney ensures this efficiency is achieved by providing chimney draft, which is vital in the supply of combustion gases.

            Another great feature is the Vogelzang’s beautiful glass door. The curved door that covers the entire front face of the stove is made of cast iron. The door’s arc is reminiscent of the rustic designs that were common in conventional stoves. With this glass door, a viewer can watch the flames as they cheerfully blaze.

            Design

            The stove’s elegant design is both functional and beautiful. All the features that have been included in the stove go a long way in making it look appealing and improve its efficiency. Features such as the glass door give the stove its unique shape and style while ensuring that it serves its intended purpose.

            Efficiency

            The efficiency of the Vogelzang TR001 Defender is incredible. According to EPA , this stove has an efficiency rating of 75%. This is a great rating considering that it burns wood in its natural form. The stove is designed to get the most efficient transfer of heat, thanks largely to its firebox with three combustion gas inlets. To curb inefficiency that comes with burning wood, this stove has been designed to burn creosote (sticky tar-like organic droplets). Burning creosote releases heat that would have been otherwise lost as smoke.

            Durability

            With its primary material being steel, this stove can last for 40 or more years; with great care, it can even last for a century. Keeping the stove in good condition includes proper curing before using the stove, which involves exposing the stove to three different types of fire. The fire ranges in temperature, with the temperatures being 250F, 500F and 700F for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd fires respectively. With proper curing, you will be guaranteed a durable stove with a lifetime of service.

            Value For Money

            The Vogelzang TR001 Defender has proved that it is a worthy investment. In addition to retailing in the low end class of stoves ($650-$900), this stove is also very economical to run. With only a single fueling, the stove is able to provide constant heat for 8 hours. This makes it very reliable for owners of medium-sized homes.

            Our Verdict On Vogelzang TR001 Defender EPA Wood Stove

            83
            To enjoy the heat that comes from a wood burning stove, one must ensure that they have the right stove for the room. The Vogelzang TR001 Defender EPA Wood Stove is perfectly designed for a room in the range of 900 and 1,200 square feet. The stove also gives out 68,000 BTUs/hour with 75% efficiency. These are the features that led us to give it a 8.3 overall rating. However, it is the heating range that truly stands out. With proper handling, this stove will serve without fail not just for the cold season, but for years to come.

            Check Price and Availability >>  Check Related Products >>

            Related Stoves

            Leave a Reply

            Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *