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Our Woodstove: The Vermont Bun Baker

I am going to tell you about our experience with our woodstove, called the Vermont Bun Baker. We have owned it for three years now. We really enjoy our woodstove. We had three things we needed to find in a woodstove to meet our needs. The Vermont Bun Baker fit the bill and had all three qualities we were looking for. That made our choice easy when it came to which woodstove to get.

We bought it mainly use in heating our house. We were looking for an alternative heating source for our house. We choose to get the soapstone, because I knew that it would help in keeping the stove warm and thus keeping the area around the wood stove warm. We got the stove in Oct. The first winter we had the woodstove we had no idea how much wood we would need, how long the stove would stay hot, how many times we would have to bring in wood, or even how to operate the wood stove. It was a learning time. We used both the woodstove and our electric heat pump that first year as we learned how to use the stove. We knew from the online research what the stove was designed to do as far as how much area it would heat (700-900 sq. ft.) and what the burn times were (8 hours).

Now, a little bit of information about our house. Our house is an all-electric; 2400 sq. ft. insulated concrete form home. Our ICF walls are 2.5″ of expanded polystyrene foam, 8″ of concrete and then 2.5″ of expanded polystyrene foam again on the outside, thus giving our walls an R-40 insulation value. Both the lower level and main level of the house is this same type of wall, so it is well insulated. We did not know if the woodstove would be able to heat all 2400 sq ft, as the house is much larger than their 700-900 sq ft they say the stove will heat. Our chimney flue pipe is 36′ long, yes 36′ long. The woodstove is in the basement and the flue is a straight shot out the roof on the main level. It is an open concept house. There are no hallways on either floor. Every room (BR, BA, and Kitchen) is off the main room (LR, FR) on that level, except for the laundry and garage.

We found we got longer burn times than what the internet said the stove is capable of. We have gotten anywhere from ten to twelve hour burn times. I am sure this also varies with the type of wood you are burning. We have been burning oak and hickory. Since we had such wonderful burn times the first year, we decided the second year to try to use just the woodstove for heat. We cut a 14″ X 30″ hole in the floor directly above the woodstove, thus allowing the heat to travel upstairs thru the hole in the floor. We also added a fan at the top of the stairs blowing down the stairs; thus circulating the heat upstairs. This worked wonderfully, as the stove is centrally located in the lower level of the home. We estimate that we burn through three cords on a cold winter. The first woodshed we built holds 2.25 cords of wood. The second shed we just finished holds three cords. We are hoping that this gives us enough wood for two winters. The temperature of the house usually maintains itself at 72-75 degrees.

Second, we wanted a woodstove that we could not only cook on, but also do our baking in, if the power went out. There are many different kinds of woodstoves for baking, but we also did not have a large space that many of them require. The Vermont Bun Baker is not big enough for a 9X13 baking dish, so we have learned to adapt to using something a bit smaller. A twelve-inch pizza stone fits and works well for cookies and pizza. These are the two most popular things for us to bake in the woodstove. There is a bit of learning to know how long it takes to bake things. It all depends on what the temperature of the oven is and how much fire you have in the firebox. If you put things on both racks, the stuff on the top rack can easily burn on top if you are not careful, as it is very close to the bottom of the firebox. We learned this by experience when we baked bread in the oven. The soapstone always keeps the teakettle warm enough for hot tea. We have not yet made the transition to doing all of our cooking on the woodstove. We mainly use it to melt butter and warm things up.

Reason number three for choosing the Vermont Bun Baker is the small footprint it takes, if you round up the measurements, it is a 22″ X 22″ square. Most of the woodstoves out there were too big in one dimension or other to fit in our space.

The Vermont Bun Baker not only had the small footprint, but it had the baking ability and the heating capability we were looking for in a woodstove. We have enjoyed our woodstove so far and look forward to learning to use it more as time goes on. If we had to do it all over again, we would choose the same stove.

– Wrangler Jane.

Baking a pie with the Vermont Bun Baker.
Baking a pie with the Vermont Bun Baker.

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  1. Evening Jane,

    Thanks for the great info on the bun baker and the website in general. I’m about to return to Alaska to live out my many days and will be taking my disabled autistic adult son and my 13 year old daughter. I think we can handle things off the grid with a good woodstove and my son is wanting a small cabin for his “own space” and I think the Vermont Bunbaker will be a good idea for his little place.

    Not sure how big the house will be when we get done and what the construction will be, either log or log sided with some great insulation, or “??? whatever we find for a good deal that’s for sale..” This should be an adventure. I really appreciate the good info on this site and the ability to have a community that can answer questions and work together for all.

    Maryann “Eagleheart” Cox

  2. Just to let you know the stove is made in Australia and the soapstone is from Brazil nothing is made in Vermont and the XL just blows smoke I was really disappointed with my purchase of this stove for the money I paid . The customer service is a joke they lied and delayed me for 1month for answers and got none

    1. Mr. Mytruthis, did you use the lever in the back to draw up the smoke before the stove gets hot? Could this be the problem why the smoke blows out?

  3. My wife and I are looking into the Vermont Bun Baker XL. Does anyone use the large size? I see that many are very happy with the model you do have. We live in Washington state and would love to look at one before we buy, so we are looking for anyone who would be willing to let us check out their Bun Baker. We would make it worth your while.

  4. We bought ours in 2016 and we have the smallest unit with the soap stone. And we love it. Slight learning curve with size of fire wood, small fire box. And learning to cook with it took us a little while to adjust to. You don’t need a huge fire in the fire box to cook, and we put the drip pan on the top shelf to act as a heat shield to reflect the heat so the top of the food doesn’t over cook.
    Controlling the fire in the fire box is more important than redirecting the flu around the stove.

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