av8r wrote:My LL Hearth is supposed to weigh 235 pounds. I stripped it down to the bare body and just carried it in the front door. Maybe weighed 150-180 pounds.
Good God, I think the stoker mechanism on my Keystoker weighs that much..... Fully assembled, my unit weighs easy 400#, and I'd guess closer to 500#.
However, a point Jerry makes very well, is that while a lighter stove may or may NOT last as long as a heavier stove, it will for sure be more responsive to changes in firing rate. My Keystoker takes a very long time to heat up and cool down in response to the thermostat, which makes stable control difficult without a lot of under/overshoots.