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Vogelzang Pellet Stove VG5790 Large Hopper Review

vogelzang pellet stove vg 5790 woodpelletfacts.comThe VG 5790 Vogelzang pellet stove straddles the line between a pellet wood stove and a wood pellet furnace. A pellet stove pellet is exactly the same as a pellet for a pellet furnace, but the heating appliances serve different needs. For most homeowners, a wood pellet stove is a secondary heating appliance that helps them save money on their conventional heating bill. It’s very common for a pellet stove or wood pellet insert to be used sparingly while the house relies mostly on the thermostat and the oil or gas burner to do the bulk of the house’s heating.

That’s changing a bit. The Vogelzang VG5790 is one of the largest standalone wood pellet stoves available, and it’s capable of heating up to 2,800 square feet of living area. The Vogelzang VG5790 isn’t really a true furnace, however. Unlike manufacturers like Woodmaster and St. Croix, Vogelzang doesn’t make a true furnace that’s suitable for use as a central heating plant, choosing to compete mostly with Harman pellet stoves and similar models.

US Stove, the parent company of Vogelzang, does make the Model 8500 Multi-Fuel Furnace, which can supply up to 1600 CFM of heated air to a central heating plenum, but the Vogelzang VG 5790 won’t be able to supply either the BTUs or the CFM necessary for use as a central heating plant. If you need a really big pellet stove for use as a freestanding heater, this Vogelzang pellet stove might be perfect for you.

Vogelzang VG5790 Specifications

  • Freestanding wood pellet stove
  • Heats up to 2,800 square feet of floor area
  • Hopper capacity: 120 pounds of wood pellets
  • Produces up to 65,000 BTUs
  • Exhaust flue collar size: 3″
  • Single 200 CFM blower
  • Full load run time: 80 hours
  • Igniter: Automatic
  • Requires 110 volts, 3 amps
  • Weight: 287 pounds
  • Dimensions: 27″ x 27-3/4″ x 37-1/2″ high
  • Clearance: 8″ from sides and back
  • Warranty: 5 years limited manufacturer’s warranty

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Vogelzang Pellet Stove Features and Benefits

There’s a lot to like about the VG 5790. If you live in an open plan house, the Vogelzang may be able to heat the whole living area without any help from your furnace. It’s better looking than many competing pellet stoves. The large glass viewing window lets you enjoy the ambiance of the flames, and the clipped front corners make the appliance look less boxy.

The VG 5790 has a hammered dark gray/black finish that’s easy to keep clean and looks sharp. The fan that circulates heated air into the home is only moderately noisy, especially on the lower speed settings. The VG 5790 has 5 speed settings. The lowest will consume about one, 40-pound bag of wood pellets in 24 hours, and the highest consumes about 3 bags per day. The average 40-pound bag of wood pellets will produce about 8500 BTUs per pound, so you can expect about 14,000 BTUs per hour on low, and upwards of 50,000 usable BTUs per hour on the highest setting. Some brands of pellets can produce more heat per pound, which might bring the VG 5790 up to its advertised output of 65,000 BTUs, but you can’t expect to run the unit continuously on its highest setting.

Cleaning the VG 5790 is straightforward. Daily maintenance requires you to open the side panels and the front viewing door and remove the burn pot. Scrape out the ash in the pot, clean off the viewing glass, and close it back up and you’re ready for another day of use. Once a week or so, you’ll have to remove one of two access plates to vacuum out ash that collects in the heat exchanger. You’ll also need to empty the ash from the combustion chamber every week or so. Expect to clean out the exhaust flue (not included) once for every ton of pellets you burn.

Pros

  • One of the largest freestanding pellet stoves on the market
  • Easy to clean
  • Large hopper means fewer reloads
  • Wide range of speeds makes it easy to adjust to proper temperature
  • Remote Control lets you adjust heat from across the room
  • Big viewing window
  • Using outside combustion air improves performance
  • Quieter than many competitors

Cons

  • Viewing glass gets dirty quickly
  • Side panels can pop open when unit is on higher settings
  • No filter on room air intake
  • Fan is loud on the highest settings

Final Word on the Vogelzang Pellet Stove

There are very few wood pellet appliances with the capacity to compete with the Vogelzang VG 5790. If you’ve been holding off on buying a pellet stove because all the models on the market were too small to make them a good fit for your heating needs, the Vogelzang pellet stove is a great choice. It’s smartly designed and well-constructed, and easy to clean and maintain. Reviews of the VG 5790 are overwhelmingly positive. Users like the Vogelzang for its big heating capacity and its big hopper. Many users appreciate the way the VG 5790 can hold 3 full bags of wood pellets. They also mention how easy it is to operate and to clean. The VG 5790 Vogelzang pellet stove is highly recommended.

Do you have a Vogelzang VG5790 Large Hopper Pellet Stove? Let us know if you like it in the comments!

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31 Comments

  • So far so good i just bought this stove and this thing is a beast buttttt i have already noticed that on high mebbie even on low that im losing alot of pellitts they seem 2 b bouncing right out of the burn pot is there ne acesseriy i culd buy 2 prevent this problem

  • Hello Brian- Thanks for reading Wood Pellet Facts, and for leaving a comment. We are on our second full season with a VG 5790, and have burned a total of 9 tons of pellets in it. The pellets do indeed bounce when they hit the burn pot. This has pluses and minuses. Of course when they bounce out, they simply smolder in the ash dump and don’t produce usable heat. However, the way the pellets drop into the burn pot stirs up the burning pellets, and this helps avoid clinkers.

    I don’t know of any modifications to the burn pot that would prevent it.

  • My stove does the same thing I have to clean it everyday and the glass is black after about 8hours . It seems like a waste of pellets maybe I should of bought a different stove.i also replaced the exhaust thermostat twice in three months.

  • Hello Richard- Thank you for reading wood pellet facts, and for sharing your experience with the VG 5790 Vogelzang. We also found the viewing glass does soot up very quickly on this model as well. However, we’ve also found that different settings and different brands of pellets affect the amount of soot a great deal. For instance, setting 4 (of 5) clouds the glass really quickly, and because the burn pot is half full all the time, more pellets seem to bounce and smolder. When the stove is on setting 1 or 2, it seems to burn a lot cleaner. We also learned to open the air valve on the back of the unit all the way. Softwood pellets seemed to produce less soot.
    The exhaust thermostat gets coated with soot on the inside surface, which acts as an insulator and makes the part malfunction. We replaced ours after one year of hard use, but later determined a simple cleaning would have restored it.

  • This will be our 3rd winter with the stove. I’ve tried variety of pellets best luck comes from bare foot pellets in fall and spring cut with soft wood. Mainly because BTU’s even on low are high. As for the glass, wish some pinholes were drilled in cradle that would allow air to blow across glass to keep it clean.

  • Hi Pete- Thanks for reading Wood Pellet Facts, and for leaving a comment.
    You’ve pointed out an interesting detail about the Vogelzang VG 5790. It makes a lot of heat, even on the lowest setting. In shoulder seasons, it only runs for a short time before it makes the room too hot. Of course you’re grateful for the heat in winter when it’s colder.
    You’ve also pointed out another detail potential buyers should be aware of. The Vogelzang large hopper stove has a big viewing glass, but it soots up fairly rapidly. It’s easy to clean. A single, mildly dampened paper towel is all it takes to clean it when you have the door open. It would be nice if the glass stayed clearer longer. It’s pleasant to see the flames clearly.
    Thanks again for reading and commenting at Wood Pellet Facts.

  • I burned a vogelzang 5790 for 3 seasons in ohio. I had 2 combustion blowers quit,auger gearbox was dripping oil,replaced 3 room air blowers. Stove ran great and put out lots of heat,when it ran that is. Customer service was a joke and treated like crap.They sent me a replacemnt stove and I continued to have problems with it. Also the stove never used less than 1.25 bags a day on level 1 no matter what pellets i ran,the only differance was heat output.hunk of Chinese junk, buy American. I have a harman p61 now,should have went with one of these from the beginning and it’s american made

  • Hello Wyatt- Thanks for reading Wood Pellet Facts, and for sharing your experiences with the Vogelzang large hopper pellet stove.

    The number of blowers you had to replace is unusual in any brand or model I’m familiar with. That must have been quite frustrating. We have reviewed the Harman P61 here on Wood Pellet Facts, it’s a great stove. In fairness, the Harman pellet stove does cost twice as much as the Vogelzang, but it appears that you get what you pay for in this case.

    Thanks again for reading and commenting.

  • Vogelzang 5770 reeds error code E2 for about 5 to 10 minutes replace the seal on the the door replace the Touch button unit still reading error code E2 any information we’ll be very helpful..

  • Hi Miguel- Thanks for reading Wood Pellet Facts, and for leaving a comment.

    Error messages are useful, but because each error message has a lot of different possibilities, you can end up changing a whole lot of components without finding the one that’s the problem. That’s frustrating.

    In general, E2 error messages on Vogelzang pellet stoves have to do with air problems. Either something is blocked, or a component that seals the combustion chamber or measures the slight vacuum in the chamber is broken. Since you’ve already changed the door gasket, that can’t be the problem.

    In my experience, these pellet stoves can’t be too clean. If any part of the air flow is restricted, or the combustion fan isn’t drawing in enough air and then exhausting it efficiently, it will lead to an E2 message. Twice a year or so, I remove the combustion blower completely from its housing (it’s held on with 5 small screws that are easy to remove). I find a lot ash and soot builds up on the angle bends in the exhaust pipe, and on the impeller blades of the blower itself. With the blower removed from the housing, you can really clean the exhaust pipe in the most difficult spots. Of course the rest of your exhaust stack and the combustion chamber must be kept clean, too. If cleaning isn’t the problem, it’s probably the vacuum switch, which is easy to find and relatively inexpensive to replace.

    Good luck, I hope this is helpful.

  • I just recently bought the vg570 and it will not stay set to the thermos stat temp on the stove! It’s on the low setting in t-stat and I set it for 75 degrees and it does not stay at that set point just keeps getting hotter and hotter!

  • Hi Michelle- Thanks for reading Wood Pellet Facts, and for leaving a comment.

    The thermostat on your pellet stove isn’t designed to turn your pellet stove on and off like a regular furnace. The stove will keep running on the lowest setting indefinitely, unless the room gets so hot it trips the hi-temp sensor.

    The Vogelzang VG 5790 puts out a lot of heat even on the low setting, and can overpower a room quickly if not that much heat is needed. The thermostat will turn the setting up to maintain 75 degrees if the room gets colder, but you’ll have to turn the stove off manually if it’s too hot on setting 1.

  • hi i bought a vogelzang vg5790 last black friday and so far its been ok buttttttt now my burnpot keeps filling up with hard ash and not shooting off to the side like ask suld and i clean this like every day now to every other day nd shuldnt have to but i am cuz it is wasting a shit ton of pelitts after the burnpot gets full with hard crusty ash im relie erritated at this point cuz its dollar sighns out the window plz help

  • Hello Brian- Thanks for reading Wood Pellet Facts, and for sharing your experience with the stove with our readers.

    We have found that hard (clinker) ash forms when one of two things happens;

    1. Really cheap pellets that use reclaimed lumber have bits and pieces of things like paint that form hard clumps in the burnpot.

    2. In our experience, the most likely culprit is not enough air getting to the burnpot. Perhaps the damper is closed, or the outside air intake is blocked. It’s more likely that the exhaust flue is full of ash. Bends in the exhaust pipe are especially prone to blockage. We remove the exhaust fan motor from its housing and clean the interior of the flue from there, as well as going outside to clean the flue chimney.

    I hope this helps. Good luck!

  • I would like to use the stove in my workshop. I’m in Kenora Ontario Canada and its -35c right now and will ne coae to that for weeks on end. My shop is 24×30 with r60 in the roof and r20 walls.. i keep it just above freezing with a 5kw electric wall furnace but the cost is insane.
    I want this unit for the large capacity hopper but don’t want to overheat the shop = waste pellets in the milder Wx. My question is.. Can i hook up a thermostat to turn the power off to the supply plug when i get to the set point.. say 25c?
    The thermostat could re energize the plug = turn on the unit when the temperature drops.. like a power failure occured. Dies the unot maintain its last setting when thw power is interupted?
    Thanls.. i want to buy but am concerned about the lack of a real OFF setting .

  • Hello Tim- Thanks for reading Wood Pellet Facts, and for leaving a comment.

    You will save an enormous amount of money by switching to wood pellets from electric heat. We have a lot of experience with this particular Vogelzang pellet stove, so perhaps we can help with your calculations.

    5 kilowatts per hour is equal to 17,000 BTUs. That’s the equivalent of burning approximately 2 pounds of pellets per hour. There are 40 pounds in a bag. On the lowest setting, the VG 5790 burns about 2 pounds per hour (a bag a day). Where we live, 5kw of electric would cost about $18 US a day. A bag of pellets costs around $5. You could “waste” a lot of pellets by “overheating” your shop and still end up miles ahead.

    There is no practical way I know of to use a thermostat to cycle this pellet stove on and off. There is a fairly long start up and shut down procedure. If the power is interrupted, the machine stays off when it’s re-energized. You have to manually re-start it.

    There are other reasons to avoid a lot of starts and stops. The igniter would get a workout, and it would be bound to have a much shorter life span if the machine turned on and off throughout the day.

    In our experience, the VG 5790 pellet stove works best when run continuously and (lightly) cleaned daily. If the workshop is warm enough, you could leave the unit off for a while after cleaning before starting it up again to save pellets.

    Thanks again for reading Wood Pellet Facts.

  • Thanks for the reply.. the same math with my heater… just maintaining above 0c costs me about $32 Cdn a day but thats running 24 hrs . i hope to get it much warmer on fewer dollars.
    Fwiw.. the heater runs about 3 hrs a day to keep the zero temp and would remain as emergency heat.. i like the idea of keeping the shop warm and then shutting off rhe heat… it should take a day or more for it to cool to 0c again even in the coldest temps.
    I built insulated carriage style doors that seal infront of the insulated 7×9 overhead doors ..r20 ish EPS foam in total and insulated shutters for the three shop wondows.. r16 foam. The concrete slab is the big heat loss now but it gets 4 inches of foam vertically around the perimeter in the spring.

    Q- is there a different pellet stove that better suites my application.. thanks

  • I live in another state. Trying to trouble shot this unit with my son from 800 miles. Seems glass smokes out within hours room temp keep rising to uncomfortable temps but worse pellets falling into ash tray some partially lit. When he shuts the stove down I guess it doesn’t sense the burning pellets in ashtray. All blowers shut down and house fills with smoke from smoldering/lit pellets in ash tray. Big problem looking for help.

  • Hello Tim Brown- Thanks for checking back in at Wood Pellet Facts.

    Pellet stoves don’t usually have automatic on/off settings based on thermostats. Most brands advertise that their stoves work with thermostats, which is confusing to many of our readers. We think that manufacturers should make their stove specifications clearer so that consumers could make a more informed choice about what they’re buying.

    You seem quite well-versed in calculating the heating load you require for that space. The VG 5790 puts out a lot of heat, and it has a 60-pound hopper that will let the machine run for several days when it’s on the low setting. The VG 5790 is also pretty cheap to buy for its size, so it’s got that going for it. If you think it might be too powerful for the space, you could look into smaller models. The VG 5790 claims it puts out 65,000 BTUs on high, but we haven’t found that to be a useful number. The unit sounds like it will take off and fly around the room when it’s on the highest setting. We think the max the unit will put out in the real world is around 50,000 BTUs, which is pretty powerful.

    There are smaller stoves like the Castle Serenity (http://www.castlestoves.com/serenity-wood-pellet-stove) that have more sophisticated programmable thermostats, but they put out fewer BTUs, and they have much smaller hoppers that yield shorter max run times.

    With the cost of electricity in your area, I’d buy an economical stove sized to the room, and then run it on low continuously no matter what. The money you saved on electricity would dwarf the cost of whatever extra heat it generated instead of cycling off like a regular furnace.

  • Hello Marc C. – Thanks for reading Wood Pellet Facts, and for leaving a comment.

    The majority of users report that the glass on the VG 5790 smokes up very quickly, and that has been our experience as well. There’s not much you can do but clean it daily. We find that certain brands of pellets are better than others, but not a lot better for this problem.

    The VG 5790 is a very powerful pellet stove, and can be too hot even on the lowest setting when you only need a few degrees of heat. We have that problem during “shoulder season.” The only solution is to turn it off manually until the room cools down.

    We also had some problems with smoke coming into the house after the shutdown sequence was over, due to smouldering pellets in the ash dump. This is a tricky problem because the smoke can rise up into the pellet hopper and get out, or even leak out from the center shaft of the exhaust fan. I can tell you what I did to correct the problem, but I must caution you that it is not recommended by the manufacturer, and you must use the information only at your own risk:

    The manufacturer has a test procedure for the Proof of Fire thermodisc listed in their troubleshooting guide under “Display is Flashing E3”. They advise putting a jumper wire between the two (green) wires that connect to the POF thermodisc. If you put in this jumper, the fan runs substantially longer during the shutoff procedure. This is because the jumper wire keeps sending a signal to the control board that the exhaust gas is still hot. Eventually, the control board will shut the machine off, but the extra time extinguishes any smouldering pellets in the basket and ash dump completely. A side benefit is that the entire machine cools off completely, making it easier to clean. I’ve installed a jumper wire with a switch on it, and I’ve had almost no problem with smoke for more than two years running.

    Again, I’d like to caution you that the manufacturer doesn’t recommend this, and you should do this at your own risk.

  • I would stay completely away from this company altogether. Once you purchase it, you are on your own. No difference if it works great or not, but they have absolutely no one that can service these or handle a warranty issue in the tri county Detroit area is absurd. I’ve tried there tech services now for two days with extremely long hold times and have yet gotten through. Plus a snotty reply from the company put the nail in the coffin. Zero stars for US stove company. Extremely disappointed

  • Hello Jason- Thanks for reading Wood Pellet Facts, and for sharing your experiences with the Vogelzang VG 5790 with our readers.

    You’ve pointed out an important aspect of owning a Vogelzang pellet stove. Unlike stoves that are sold through dealers, Vogelzangs are sold direct to the public from retailers like Tractor Supply. If you have questions, you’re forced to entirely rely on your own efforts and a help line, This can be extremely frustrating for a consumer who is accustomed to being able to get help from the place they bought an item.

    We have had good luck with our VG 5790, but it has required a lot of minor repairs. We feel it’s a good value for its price range, but more expensive brands have better service.

  • Just installed vg5790. Only burned about 3 bags so far. But it gets toasty in my 1400 sq foot house. Only down fall is I don’t like how it runs constantly Other then that it’s great. I think it will keep the electric bill down. I have electric baseboard heat. Dec bill was 480$. We will see what next bill is. At 6$ a 40 lb bag. I can see it cutting bill down a lot

  • Hello Jeff- Thanks for reading Wood Pellet Facts, and for leaving a comment.

    In our experience, wood pellet heat is about three times cheaper than electric baseboard heat. You can do the calculations yourself. Our electric rates are around $0.15 per kWh, yours might be higher or lower. A $480 bill would represent 3,200 kWh. There are 3412 BTUs in a kWh, so you used around 11 million BTUs in electric heat during December. Most wood pellets claim to put out 8000-8500 BTUs per pound, but it’s more like 7500 BTUs per pound in usable heat. That means it would take about 1500 pounds of pellets to match 3,200 kWh. That’s 3/4 of a ton, which around here in Maine would cost $187.50 ($249 per ton), which includes delivery. I bet you’d be happy with a $300 per month savings on heat.

  • Hello Michael- Thanks for reading Wood Pellet Facts, and for leaving a comment.

    On the lowest settings, the flame can seem quite low. That’s normal. It only takes a small amount of pellets at a time to make the heat.

    If your flame is still too low on the higher settings, you probably need to open the air inlet further. On your unit, it’s a metal paddle located just above the fresh air pipe. The fresh air intake is located very low on the back of the pellet stove. Pull it further to the left (as you’re standing in front of the unit) to increase the air flow. If the flame starts to look like a blowtorch, push it back to the right.

  • I am attempting to help a friend from a distance. Her comment was that this stove is incredibly “dirty”. She is referring to the burn pot and ash build-up. She cleans it every day by scooping out the ash, but that seems ridiculous to me. Our stove (not this one) is easy to adjust so that the damper brings in the right amount of air to make a clean burn. Is that not the case with this stove? I can’t imaging having to clean out ashes every day would be any fun at all. When I read her email, it made me appreciate our US Stove Golden Eagle even more.
    I will encourage her to get an ash vac and work on the damper settings.

  • Hello Edie- Thanks for reading Wood Pellet Facts.

    The Vogelzang VG 5790 does indeed need a lot of cleaning. If you’re burning pellets continuously, it needs to be lightly cleaned every day or so, and needs a full cleaning at least once a week. A light cleaning would consist of cleaning off the viewing glass (a mildly damp paper towel is all you need) and scraping any klinkers out of the burn pot. Once a week, you should empty the ash dump, remove the side panels, and vacuum out the ash that collects there.

    There is an effective damper on the VG5790. It’s located on the lower left back of the stove, just over the air intake. Pulling it to the left (when viewed from the front of the stove) gives more air.

    Vogelzang pellet stoves are from the same manufacturer as the US Stove Golden Eagle wood furnace. The Golden Eagle is rated for almost triple the heat output of the VG 5790. That would heat a very big house in a very cold climate. No wonder you’re happy with it.

  • just installed the vg5790. will roast you out. Soot seems to build up fast on glass , can live with that. The control panel will not allow me to decrease down to 1, it stops a 2

  • Hello Bob- Thanks for reading Wood Pellet Facts, and for leaving a comment.
    The VG 5790 does indeed put out a lot of heat. It’s about as powerful a freestanding pellet stove as you can find. We have also found that the VG5790 does soot up the glass very quickly. It’s easy to clean with a damp paper towel, so we don’t mind.

    If your stove will not allow you to set it at 1, that is indeed a serious defect. However, we have noticed that the control panel indicator lights on the Vogelzang doesn’t have sharp differences between the different settings. The indicator lights are inside a plastic panel, and they don’t line up perfectly with the slots for the 5 settings. On setting 1, the setting 2 slot glows faintly, and you have to look at it pretty close to tell the difference.

    To test your pellet stove, you can use the remote control that comes with the VG 5790. Use the down button to set it on the lowest setting. Once it’s on the lowest setting, slowly press the up button and count how many settings it will cycle through. If your stove has 4 settings above the lowest setting (5 settings total), it’s working normally, but your LED indicators aren’t showing it clearly.

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