Classic Cast Iron with the Benefits of SoapStone
The HearthStone Craftsbury is a small cast iron wood stove suitable for zone heat applications. Its unique in that it has a soap stone lined firebox (longer heat, read below). The HearthStone Craftsbury’s is a small wood stove with a powerful soap stone punch.
HearthStone Craftsbury Features
- Soap stone lined firebox
- 1.5 cu. ft. firebox
- Reversible top or rear flue collar
- Single lever air control for maximum control
- Removable ash tray
What is SoapStone? Why SoapStone in Wood Stoves?
Soapstone is a natural material – metamorphic rock – formed millions of years ago under intense heat and pressure. Because it started out in a molten state deep within the earth, and because it has an unusually stable composition, soapstone can comfortably withstand fire and dramatic changes in temperature.
For centuries, soapstone has been known for its ability to retain heat. Other natural stones, such as granite and marble, also hold and radiate heat, but only soapstone has the added benefit of being able to withstand direct flames indefinitely.
Because of this, the firebox of a soapstone stove is actually constructed of stone, which lasts longer than the steel, cast iron or refractory bricks used in other types of stoves. Several thick pieces of stone comprise the top, sides and back of the stove. Each slab of soapstone forms both the interior and exterior wall of the stove. Inside, the stone directly absorbs the high heat of the fire, while outside, it radiates heat into the room from its polished surface.
Once heated, soapstone stays warm for hours, making it the ideal material for overnight heating or for other long stretches of time when you can’t tend the fire. And stone endures, so you can save money on materials over the long run.
The heat quality of stone is gentle, even and comfortable; you can sit close to a soapstone stove without getting the uncomfortable blast of heat you would feel from steel. The surface temperature is also less hot, which is a safety advantage, particularly for homes with young children.
Soapstone also has attractive veining and other naturally created patterns, which are one-of-a-kind decorative elements. When it is exposed to high temperatures, its rich colors can actually deepen over time.
HearthStone soapstone stoves use a combination of materials to maximize the benefits of each. For instance, soapstone plus cast iron gives you the immediate radiant heat of cast iron, something to curl up to, while the natural stone slowly releases its gentle, stored heat over time.
Why Friendly Fires?
Friendly Fires has the area’s largest selection of high quality efficient wood burning stoves. Our modern showrooms have dozens of wood stoves on display, our experienced sales team and WETT certified wood stove installers and technicians are here to assist, and our warehouses have in stock wood stoves, wood stove venting, chimney lining, and wood chimney cleaning equipment. Friendly Fires’ certified wood technicians can not only install your wood burning product, but the same WETT certified technicians who install wood stoves will clean your wood chimney. Friendly Fires uses full time employees to install and service wood stoves.
Friendly Fires is your wood stove specialist and our certified fireplace technicians will install and service wood stoves in: Almonte, Calabogie, Carleton Place, Perth, Mississippi Mills, Mississippi Lake, Stittsville, Lanark, Pakenham, Westport, Smiths Falls, Arnprior, Clayton, Cobourg, Port Hope, Brighton, Colborne, Grafton, Trenton, Kingston, Gananoque, Napanee, Prescott, Plum Hollow, Belleville, Sharbot Lake, Marmora, Picton, Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Lakefield, Apsley, Bobcaygeon, Halliburton Highlands, Campbellford, Cavan, Trent Hills, Hastings, Stoney Lake, Bewdley, Rice Lake, Ennismore, and all cities and areas around and in between (too numerous to mention).
Friendly Fires’ modern showrooms have a large selection of wood stoves on display. These efficient wood stoves are made of cast iron, steel, soapstone, and include modern, contemporary, traditional and European designs.
Friendly Fires sells and services parts for most wood stove brands, including but not limited to Enviro, Pacific Energy, Jotul, Napoleon, EnerZone, Blaze King, Drolet, HearthStone, Regency, Vista Flame, Napoleon, Vermont Castings, True North, Osburn, and many more.
Friendly Fires also has in stock a large variety of wood stove venting parts, including stainless steel flex liners (5”, 5.5”, 6”, 7” & 8”), rigid stainless steel liners (5”, 6”, 7”, 8”), single wall black smoke pipe (6”, 7”, 8”), double wall smoke pipe (6”, 7”, 8”), as well as insulated and double wall chimney (6”, 7”, 8”). The main brands of venting we stock include Simpson Duravent, ICC, Selkirk, and Olympia.