Can smaller be better? When we purchased our replacement wood stove it was about half the size of the Vermont Castings Resolute that we felt was getting to old to use without a full overhaul. We wondered if the new Yotul would be equal to the job. We have now had time to give it a fair test and we have found it measures up in every way so far.
It is much simpler to operate, it seems to put out more heat, easier to clean up, and when we get up in the morning there are still live coals in the firebox. While it is difficult to say with certainty we believe it may use less firewood than the old stove. We have not had those minus 20 degrees yet but so far it sure looks like it will do just fine.
We have noticed that it also seems to heat the house up faster than the old stove. That is definitely a plus when it is a main source of heat. We know in Europe that they downsize frequently and now I can see why. If you can get the same result out of a smaller unit, it doesn't make sense to have one twice the size. This is just an interim report and we will have to wait until it gets down to 20 below and the wind is blowing 60 MPH outside to see how well it will really function. If it stands up to that severe cold it will truly be worth the price. The old stove kept up with the severe cold but never fully. Perhaps this one will do as well as the old one.