Vogelzang Pellet Stove VG5790 Large Hopper Review
The 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
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.
- 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
- 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.
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