This thread is going to focus on the Woodstock Stoves “Survival Hybrid- Wood Stove” Model 212S. I’ll give some back story, and take you guys on a little journey- I tend to like context. In a Reddit styled TLDR: Here’s the overview. After a few years using a VC Vigilant I switched to a Woodstock Stoves Survival Hybrid Wood- Model 212S. My introduction into wood heat was my first post in this thread. There are many good stories over there and I’d recommend giving it a read and adding your back story- it’s pretty refreshing to be reminded of what got people into this lifestyle. I won’t overlap much, I promise… kind of. Back Story: My introduction to wood heat came as a kid and the splitting came in my mid teens up on a family farm I’d visit in the summers. It wasn’t until my mid 20’s that I was able to get into a place that had a fireplace (with an insert) and I did quite a bit of learning there. I purchased a home in 2015 and it didn’t have a woodstove or a hearth, so I knocked down a wall, put in a beam for support, refinished the living room and put in a hearth. The first hearth pad I made, but I did an absolutely horrendous job with tile and trying to bring it into the house a few fell off and of course cracked. So I figured ok- I had better get a prefab hearth pad because I didn’t want this to go to chance. I put down 2 layers of cement board, and the prefab hearth pad on top of that- I never had a problem with that set up. To protect the wall I contacted a friend of mine that has a sheet metal manufacturing operation. (Quick side note- it’s been my experience that folks in the trades are extremely helpful and are very willing to help the small time guy with a project. Of course, nothing is free- but I’m a pretty big proponent of Made in USA and having local businesses getting my business.) So I had a heat shield made out of 10 gauge steel and afixted it to the wall where the stove would go. I used 1 inch spacers and had the shield 1 inch off the floor at the bottom. It’s significantly over engineered for what was called for by spec. Speeding up I had a buddy who worked at a local hardware store and he helped me order the stove pipe, wall thimble and the chimney piping for the outside. A cousin of mine helped with the installation. The stove I got was a Vermont Castings Vigilant- the 1977 model, but the paperwork I had with it indicated it was manufactured in 1984. Myself and that stove are the same age. So I borrowed a truck from a friend and wrestled it into the bed of the truck with my buddy. We got it to the house and hooked up. It was in pretty good condition with a little bit of rust. I used steel wool and got the surface rust off, used some of the high temp stove paint and gave that stove a facelift. It’s the kind with the windows in the doors. The documentation was limited regarding the stove and I did some looking around online but embarrassingly it wouldn’t be for another year that I figured out 1) that it had a secondary burn chamber 2) how to engage it and 3) how to get it to work right. Now there were some limitations to my set up. I did have some wood, but it wasn’t great. I did a good amount of finding pallets, pulling the nails and cutting them pallets to size. I did a pretty good job of offsetting my natural gas bill in the winter. Let me keep this moving along. Running the VC: I had no problem lighting the stove, and it heated my home nicely. Maybe fiercely. It did not take long to heat up, but I did wind up with a little bit of an unforeseen problem. My home is pretty small, and not that difficult to heat. Granted, as it turns out, we have very little insulation so if the stove wasn’t running it did cool down rather quickly- but the problem wound up being- the stove in order to stay on the efficient side (lack of visible smoke coming out of the chimney) the stove liked to be run around 600-650 or so i found. That took a decent amount of wood, but it also made it in the upper 80’s a few times lower 90’s in the living room. I’m again aware the wood’s moisture content probably had something to do with that, but I also bought the compressed wood bricks and would configure the supply in the stove in a way that made the most sense to me- if you’re familiar with the VC the secondary chamber is a serpentine channel behind the primary burn chamber- and it gets pulled through the stove on the lower right hand side through a little opening, so if I kept the wood bricks I’d burn as close as possible to that chamber opening I found that it was able to significantly decrease the amount of smoke I’d see. Also to that end, I had very little creosote in my chimney after 2 years of burning that way. I think I was onto something. If my house were twice the size, or I lived in Alaska or something I would have held onto that stove. *Spoiler Alert* I gave the Vigilant to my brother-in-law who has a significantly larger home and wants to place the stove in his basement. Woodstock Stoves: I had loved the way they looked for years and was so into the soapstone benefits. I took a trip up this past winter to see their showroom. But when I saw them in person I thought “oh boy.. These are gigantic”. I saw the Survival Hybrid and thought it still looked quite big, but checking out the literature and asking a few questions- I thought the smaller burn chamber and the technology of the stove would give us a steadier more comfortable burn. So here is the background on the Survival Stove and an attempt to clear up a tiny misconception. It was designed for the Navajo nation so those folks could have a clean burning wood stove that also had the ability to burn coal that they have access to on their lands. The stoves that Woodstock sells to the public in general does not have the ability to burn coal by design. The stove that Woodstock sells the to general public is wood only. It has a hybrid design, combining both a secondary baffle system and a catalyst. This is the first catalyst stove that I have owned, and the first I have ever used. I’ll post some pictures and give a little more info about the stove but obviously I won’t be able to give any sorts of updates until the weather turns cold and I can get this stove roaring. I’m mainly writing this because I haven’t found any real reports of the stove’s use- so this isn’t a repeat of stuff you guys have been reading all along- hopefully.