520 Heco Wood & Coal Cookstove
Heco wood cookstoves are manufactured by the Amish in Lancaster County, PA - Amish country.
The model 520 is a wood and coal burning cooking and heating range built to quality Amish standards with 18 gauge plate steel stove body, and 1/4" thick cooktop with a reinforced steel frame. The 520 wood burning stove with baking oven is designed with functionality, and ease of use in mind. The firebox door comes in either a solid door, or a glass window with a large viewing area, so you can see a first-class view of the blazing fire. The oven is also available with a solid insulated door or glass door option for the ability to view your baked goods without opening the door!
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Obadiah's is partnering with Heco to exclusively represent the leading edge Amish line of wood and coal burning cookstoves. The Heco wood-fired heating stoves with baking ovens are one of the few advanced kitchen cook ranges that provide secondary combustion reburn tubes inside the firebox that are currently available in the North American market. The Heco product line of cooking and heating ranges are built with quality USA materials, and are fully assembled and shipped directly from the factory in PA. These beautiful wood cookstoves offer everything you would expect on an Amish heating stove, with a 5-year warranty to boot!. The Heco has many upgraded features to meet the demands of modern-day cooking. The standard porcelain enamel cooktop provides easy clean up for spills while cooking. The 420 wood burning cook stove provides the oven cleanout on the front of the stove for easy access cleaning, perfect for tight clearance applications.
The Heco wood cookstoves are manufactured and produced by the Amish in PA. Obadiah's has contributed various design ideas that have been collaborated into these wood-burning cook ranges. This wood cookstove is sure to please all your heating, cooking, baking, and hot water needs. With upgrades options and styles to fit any style of decor.
Heco wood cookstoves are made from American steel.
- All heco cookstoves meet WA State Standards. All Wood Burning Cook Stoves are currently EPA Exempt from regulations.
Obadiah's is the exclusive online retailer for heco wood cookstoves.
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- Heating capability up to 2,500 sq. ft.
- External Shaker Handle (for coal burning)
- Automatic Thermostat Damper Control
- Ash Pan below Firebox
- Oven Cleanout located directly below Baking Oven
- Burn times up to 13 hours or more*
- Black porcelain enamel finish standard
- Large firebox with easy loading access
- (3) damper controls - Bypass Damper on Front, Airwash on Front, Thermostatic Damper control on rear
- Food Grade Porcelain Enamel Lined Oven
- Fully Removable Oven for Easy Cleaning
- Removable tray in the bottom of the oven for easy cleanup
- Secondary combustion system
- 1/4" Thick Memory Steel Cooktop or Standard (3) Piece Removable Porcelain Cook Top
- Oven Thermometer
- Airtight firebox and oven doors
- (3) Stove Clean Outs - Front Oven Cleanout, Rear Sidewall Flyash Cleanout, Rear Chimney Cleanout
- UL Listed
- EPA Exempt (learn more here)
- Washington State Approved (learn more here)
*Depending on fuel quality and type of fuel being burnt.
- 22 Gallon Stainless Steel Water Reservoir
- Glass Firebox Door
- Glass Oven Door
- Stainless Steel Water Coil (For Domestic Hot Water Heating)
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|520 heco Wood Cook Stove Product Specifications|
|Overall Dimensions||33.5” L x 51.5” W x 35.25” H|
|Floor to very top of Warming Oven||66.375"|
|Floor to very top shelf of Warming Oven||62.25"|
|Cooktop to bottom of Warming Oven||16.5"|
|Cooktop to top of Standard Shelf||18.25"|
|Hearth Pad Requirements||62” W x 48” D|
|Cooking Surface - steel with porcelain finish||46.5” W x 21” D|
|Warming Shelf||7" D x 37" W x 55.5" H|
|Back||37" W x 20.25" H|
|Firebox Glass Viewing Area||14 3/4"W x 8 /3/4"H|
|Oven Glass Viewing Area||16"W x 10 3/4"H|
|Oven Dimensions||21” D x 18” W x 13” H|
|Oven capacity||2.84 cubic feet|
|Firebox Dimensions||19” L x 16” W x 17” H|
|Firebox Size||2.99 cubic feet|
|Firebox Door||16” W x 9.5” H|
|Approx. Burn Time||Up to 13 hours|
|Approx. Heating Area||1,400 to 3,500 sq. ft.|
|Heat Output||Up to 90,000 BTU/h|
|Fuel||Wood and Coal (Anthracite Coal Only)|
|Flue Outlet Size||7" round|
|Water Reservoir Capacity (sold separately)||22 gallons|
|Safety Tested to UL 1482 and CAN/ULC S627|
|Unit to Left Wall||18” / 457MM|
|Unit to Back Wall *from flue collar not from back of stove||18” / 457MM|
|Unit to Back Wall w/ Heat Shield||12" / 305MM|
|Unit to Right Wall||12" / 305MM|
|Front||48" / 1220MM|
|Unit to Ceiling||36" / 915MM|
|Chimney Connection to Wall||18" / 457MM|
|Corner Installation||10" / 254MM|
|Set the cookstove on a solid, noncombustible floor|
|Use a code approved noncombustible floor board (Type 1 Board)|
|The material must extend at least 16” in front of, 8” on either side of, in back of and underneath of the chimney connector|
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I lived in rural Europe and became acquainted with a variety of wood and coal cookstoves, Scandanavian, English/Irish and German. They worked well but suffered from efficiency compared to their heatstove brethren. We have heated and cooked with wood in Wyoming for 46 years with both cookstoves and heating stoves. We currently have 2 heating stoves besides our Heco, both made by Pacific Energy. I have very high regard for that Canadian company and our small Spectrum model is without peer IMO. The Heco 520 puts out awesome amounts of BTUs and we have had to quiet it down a bit by installing extra firebrick to shrink the firebox and to keep the firebox side of the stove nearest a combustible surface much cooler. Our stove is surrounded by 800 lbs of rock and bricks which stores the heat very nicely. Not quite a masonry stove but good enough. There are two air supply channels. The primary comes from underneath in the back and has a bimetallic heat control dial to give ample air when starting and gradually closing as the stove gets hot to prevent over firing. This may take some adjustment to get it just right. When burning wood you may not need it open more than a crack after the stove hits its optimum temperature but plan on adjusting it initially. The other lever is a secondary air rod on the left of the firebox which provides air to the secondary SS tubes and the glass air wash. We normally leave it wide open, all the way out unless we are baking and need to cool down the oven. The glass stays amazingly clean if the stove is run hot enough but the door gaskets need to be perfectly tight for this to work well. The secondary air system is adequate but Our Pacific Energy stove is much better with an amazing swirl of flame and gasses but the Heco does pretty good. Our stove came designed for a 7" flue but that is an oddball size and we stuck with our existing 6" and put a reducer at the back of the stove after conferring with Woody and the crew. This would reduce the heat output a bit which we wanted to do anyway. It doesn't seem to smoke when opening the door. Remember our firebox is smaller so 6" is fine. Our only repairs to the stove have been the ceramic fireboard under the top which burned out. It was not covered under warranty and cost over $150 but was easy to pop in. I'll list the pros and cons now. Pros: It is a very Handsome stove in an Amish Buggy sort of way. The glass firebox is a joy as is our glass oven door. An interior light would have been nice and I may install one. The stove burns exceedingly clean. We inspect our flue annually and have never had to clean the flue after the first year. The chimney cap gets plugged however and needs annual cleaning. We had to lengthen our flue 4' to get better draft. . With these modern EPA stoves if you burn them hot the flues stay clean and I think chimney fires are a thing of the past if they are operated properly. The stove is easy to clean inside and out. We Easy Off the top porcelain occasionally. The back splash is nice and big and high and really contains grease splatters well. The 5/16" allen head machine screws attaching it to the top are difficult to access with insufficient clearances and I replaced them with hex head flanged SS machine screws. The oven cooks exceedingly well and we have added a variety of flat stone and tiles to moderate the expected hot spots adjacent to the smoke path and we easily bake 3 or 4 loaves at a time with excellent results especially if you rotate them once. I oven thermometer works very well and matches the other thermometers hanging from the shelves. It is easy to adjust the oven to get a useful 350-400 temperature and we can get it to 500 for Pizzas by adjusting the airflow. We preheat our domestic hot water with an array of copper pipes in the back near the flue. The water circulates by convection and we also have a pump which we use occasionally. The door and firebox gasket system is excellent unlike the poor design of one of our Pacific Enery stoves. Cons: The plane Jane Heco is not as pretty as some of the other cookstoves and this beast is HEAVY, 900 lbs plus and we had to install it with our large wheeled engine hoist.Pay attention to flue length. We have a lot of exterior exposed flue which gets very cold making it hard to start on subzero mornings so we sometimes have to preheat the interior flue with a heat gun. This wonderful stove will likely be a treasured heirloom. Finally, Woody and his family do a fine competent job and are a pleasure to deal with. Look no further.
There are some things about the stove you should know. First and foremost it is an incredible heater. I was a little skeptical about the thermostatic damper control, but, I can tell you first hand that it is an amazing feature. The stove brings in air from the bottom rear. As the stove heats up this damper feature will slowly close. This is really nice if you are leaving the house after stoking your fire. There is nothing to worry about because the stove will not get hotter than what it is set for. That said you can always set the damper full open and burn it wide open (no real need to ever do this though).
I believe there have been design changes to the stove since Woody posted his videos. More specifically, the smoke path on my stove has a larger, more direct path to the chimney pipe (when not using the oven) than the one on Woody's video. This is a good thing. When the oven is engaged it works just as shown on the videos. I believe this change also has the effect of heating the surface of the stove more quickly. I will say that when I received my stove, this design difference confused me, and I wasn't sure if there had been a mistake made. But I can tell you it works and works well.
The stove itself is covered in sheet metal much like a modern oven. Some of the sheet metal is removable (like the side panels). This is what makes the stove much more attractive (my opinion) than other stoves like the Kitchen Queen. Make no mistake though, underneath the sheet metal is thick plate steel. If you buy this stove, you need to have a plan for moving it into its final location because it weighs a ton (well almost half a ton...)
Something else about the video...Woody likes to light his wood with a torch.
If you look closely at the video the smoke just pores out of the firebox when he does this (almost kept me from buying it). I light my stove with kindling stacked on top of those little fire starter bricks (cut in 1/4's) like you can find at Tractor Supply. The firebox is HUGE. With the rear damper open the fire catches like a forge receiving forced air and gets hot quickly. This is by far my favorite feature. To be honest, the stove will smoke some if you open the firebox door before the wood is caught, but what stove doesn't do that?
As far as cooking and baking goes, I am glad I purchased the porcelain top. It fits tight and there is no smoke. I also like the fact that when it comes to cleaning out the top of the stove I will have easy access. I know Heco is making some of these stoves with a solid polished steel surface that even have the round pull outs on the top if you want to use a wok. Again I think this was made possible by the design change. The oven thermometer on the door is useless. There is a 100-150 degree difference in what the thermometer reads and the actual temperature. Keep that in might before you bake that first batch of brownies. That said, I love the oven (slow cooked pot roast...yum).
I haven't had the stove long enough to worry about having to clean it, however, with the clean outs in the front and the removable top, it will be a cinch.
A couple of other things. We bought the glass firebox door. It stays relatively clean. We just keep the top air intake open all the time. The control for this is located on the left top side (if you are looking at the front).
My one criticism of the stove (you know there had to be at least one) is that it is designed with a shaker grate that allows ashes to sift into the ash pan, BUT, you can't use it if you are burning wood because you are required to put a plate in the bottom of the firebox otherwise the stove burns to hot (think voided warranty). So instead of using the shaker handle, you have to rake the ashes through a cut out in the bottom plate, or just shovel them out. Heco provided us an tool to rake the ashes through the slit in the plate, but I can't help wishing I could just shake them down using the shaker handle.
Like I said in the first paragraph, I love this stove and would without a doubt buy it again. I wanted to give a thorough review of it because, from what I could find, there wasn't much written about it from actually buyers.