IntroductionVlastislav Vyborny is not a name most people in North America are familiar with, but if you’re in the market for a cookstove, it’s one worth remembering. Vyborny is a designer hailing from the Czech Republic whose award-winning work with European manufacturer Romotop is uniquely progressive, with modern aesthetics that throw out the traditional notion of what wood burning stoves are supposed to look like. This does not mean that function has taken a backseat to looks; in fact, the opposite is the case. Romotop’s stoves are robotically engineered to be highly efficient, environmentally friendly units that meet the demands of customers in some of the most regulated areas of the world. Their advanced manufacturing, combined with Vyborny’s forward-thinking design choices, have led the company to unprecedented popularity, with two dozen dealers spread across the globe and nearly 700,000 customers to date.
While Romotop has many sleek and wonderful heating products, our favorite by far is the Heckla Cookstove. With a 78% efficiency rating, EPA-certification, and Washington state approval, the Heckla has some serious stats behind it’s innovative, freestanding slender design. At a height of over five feet and over thirty color tile options, it looks like nothing else on the market and has more in common with the aesthetics of a modern kitchen appliance than a traditional cookstove. If you want a cookstove that stands out while maintaining functionality, the Heckla might be just what you need.
The Heckla is made from high grade steel (meeting UL and ULC standards) for long-lasting durability and offers multiple oven racks, plus a baking stone, for maximum meal options. The firebox is large enough for 12″ logs and can also put out 38,000 BTUs, heating up to 1,600 square feet. We’re big fans of the way the Heckla combines innovation with quality burning, so if you’re a fan of the unique look, you’ll be more than pleased with the fire.
|Overall Dimensions||66″ H x 24″ W x 21″ D|
|Heat Output||Up to 38,000 BTU/h|
|Heating Area||Up to 1,600 sq ft.|
|Max Long Length||12″|