Drolet Wood Stoves Reviews: Are They Any Good in 2020?

Introduction

No matter if you live in the countryside or a luxurious city condo, wood-burning stoves are life-savers. Name the efficiency, cost-effectiveness, affordability, and even those dancing flames- they just nail it in every aspect. 

And Drolet is certainly one of the first few brands that you’ll stumble upon while searching the best wood stove brands. This 195 years old brand has its root in Canada but has its wings are spread out in the USA(North and South) and Australia as well. 

However, over time, they’ve launched 24 different wood stove models, each sporting unique sets of value and purpose. But what drove us to craft this content is, to cherry-pick some of the best Drolet wood stoves, and review them through a neutral lens.

Instead of random pickup of models, we’ve rather set the top-rated Drolet stoves in order of capacity(firebox, BTU/hr, etc). This way, sorting the list up will be way easier for you. 

So, you up for rundown? Let’s hop in-    

Drolet ESCAPE Family(1500, 1800 & 2100): Best Value for Money

Escape 1500Escape 1800Escape 2100
Drolet Escape 1500 Wood Stove
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Drolet Escape 1800 Wood Stove
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Key Takeaways
Capacity: 500 - 1,800 sq ft.
Firebox: 1.9 Cu. Ft.
Log Size: up to 18”
Output: 65,000 BTU/h
Particulate Emission Rate: 1.26 g/h.
Optimum efficiency: 78%
CO Emission Rate: 58 g/h
Key Takeaways
Capacity: 500 - 2,100 sq ft.
Firebox: 2.4 Cu. Ft.
Log Size: up to 20”
Output: 75,000 BTU/h
Particulate Emission Rate: 1.54 g/h.
Optimum efficiency: 77%
CO Emission Rate: 89.4 g/h
Key Takeaways
Capacity: 1,000 - 2,700 sq ft.
Firebox: 3.5 Cu. Ft.
Log Size: up to 22”
Output: 110,000 BTU/h
Particulate Emission Rate: 1.32 g/h.
Optimum efficiency: 77%
CO Emission Rate: 92 g/h

The Escape series with all three models of it is undoubtedly Drolet’s finest set of wood stoves in 2020. In terms of combustion quality, heating efficiency, and structure, very few other Drolet stoves can outsmart them. 

The Escape series contains these three models- Escape 1500, Escape 1800, and Escape 2100. Although they share a number of common features, the list basically goes in the ascending order of size, capacity, and of course, price. 

However, while explaining them in depth below, we’ll segmentize them for you to compare better. 

The Structure and Built Quality

All three of the Escape Fire Stoves come with a 3/16” thick, steel-made body, along with a 5/16” thick top that’s also made of steel. The front door is made of ceramic glass, with a cast-iron frame around.

Both chimney and flue outlet diameters are 6” for all three of them. Each of them also sports a top heat deflector, an ash lip, an ash drawer, side panels(to reduce clearances), air intake control, secondary air tubes, etc. 

These aside, there are a number of structural specs that they don’t share 100%. 

Here goes a comparative listing of those- 

ModelsEscape 1500Escape 1800Escape 2100
PictureDrolet Escape 1500 dimensionsDrolet Drolet 1800 DimensionsDrolet Escape 2100 dimensions
Overall Size(H x W x D)29-7/8" x 24-7/8" x 24-1/2"32-5/8" x 25-5/8" x 25-3/4"34-1/2'' x 28-1/8'' x 31-7/8''
Glass Surface (W x H)15-3/4" x 9-3/4"16" x 9-1/4"18-3/8" x 12-1/8"
Firebox Volume1.9 Cu. Ft.2.4 Cu. Ft.3.5 Cu. Ft.
Maximum Log Length18”20”22”
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The Coverage

The Escape 1500 is the most compact one, with the least coverage area. With a 65,000 BTU/h max heat output, it’s good for any room within 500 to 1800 square feet. Though, it’s recommended for any room/apartment of 700-1000 square feet of area.

The immediate elderly Escape 1800 comes with a 75,000 BTU/h max output, making it capable of heating up to 2100 sq ft of space. 

For heavy heating demands, go with the Escape 2100, which has an insanely high- 110,000 BTU/h heating output. With that, it can easily be in the job of warming up any area within 2,700 square feet. On the flip side, this will be an overkill for any less than 1000 square feet of space. 

Heat/Fuel Efficiency & Emission

We, along with many of our readers, took the efficiency measures very carefully while reviewing even the most popular Drolet stoves anyway. 

What we found is, the Escape 1500 is the MOST efficient model out of the three. With a 78% optimal efficiency, it’s definitely going to take fewer logs to produce the same heat for you. The particulate and CO emission rates are 1.26 g/h and 58 g/h, which is also quite low.

Escape 1800 has still a decent optimal efficiency of 77%. But the particle emission rate is 1.54 g/h, which is higher than both of the other two escape stoves. The CO emission is 89/4 g/h, which is far more than the smallest Escape 1500. 

However, from the perspective of CO emission, the Escape 2100, unfortunately, tops the list with 92 g/h, which is quite high. With 77% optimal energy efficiency, it’s just the same to it’s younger sibling Escape 1500. The particulate emission is 1.32 g/h, which is an impressively low emission for such massive production capacity.

SBI(Drolet’s USA distributor) has got a niche video explaining Escape series models head to head. Here it is-

Drolet 3.3 Series (Austral III, Legend III, Myriad III & Black Stag II): Best For Large Spaces

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Features That They Share

  • Capacity: 900 – 2,300 sq ft.
  • Firebox: 3.3 Cu. Ft.
  • Log Size: up to 20” 
  • Output: 90,000 BTU/h
  • Particulate Emission Rate: 0.95 g/h. 
  • Optimum efficiency: 78%
  • CO Emission Rate: 61.3 g/h
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Drolet 3.3 Series

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The 3.3 series from Drolet has got this name by the same size of fireboxes that each of these stoves shares. Although these four models might not share the same nametag like the escape series, things are insanely identical when you’d get into details. But before we get into putting them on the same ground, here are the standout features of each of these 3.3 series stoves- 

Myriad IIIAustral IIILegend IIIBlack Stag II
Drolet MYRIAD III Wood Stove
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Drolet AUSTRAL III Wood Stove
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Drolet LEGEND III Wood Stove
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Drolet BLACK STAG II Wood Stove
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Key Takeaways
Pedestal stand.
Comes with a standard blower.
Mid-range budget.
Key Takeaways
Straight legs of stainless steel.
Clean and simple design.
Most lightweight(395 lbs) and minimalistic in the series.
Key Takeaways
Stylish cast iron legs.
More clearance on corner and side.
Most luxurious stove of the lineup.
Key TakeawaysHeavy duty cast iron legs and frame.
Robust design.
Engraved deer face on the steel plate door.
Most budget-pick within the series.

Got the initial impressions? Let’s roll into further break-down then- 

The Structure and Built Quality

From what we can see in the picture, the dimensions of Austral III, Legend III, Myriad III & Black Stag II are quite similar. And that’s strange, as they all have the same firebox size(3.3 cubic feet). 

But with the legs, the stories are different. 

The Austral III sports straight steel legs, with a clean and simple design. The Legend III and Black Stag II, however, come with stylish and curvy cast iron legs. Myriad III doesn’t have any legs at all, as it’s a pedestal stove. 

The models of 3.3 series, except the Black Stag II, come with ceramic glass doors of 14 5/8″ X 11 3/4″. What Black Stag II has is- a heavy gauge steel plate door with an engraved deer image on it. Nature lovers might find it enticing, maybe. 

Lastly, it’s the clearances of combustibles that bring a slight difference between the Legend III and other members of the group. Legend III sports a 10” corner clearance and 12” sidewall clearance, where the Myriad III, Austral III and Black Stag II have 12” and 20” respectively. 

That aside, the back wall clearance(14-½”) and top clearance are exactly the same for all four models.  

Here’s the nitty-gritty of all of the structural facts about all four of them-

ModelsMyriad IIIAustral IIILegend IIIBlack Stag II
PictureDrolet Myriad III DimensionsDrolet Austral III DimensionsDrolet Legend III DimensionsDrolet Black Stag II Dimensions
DoorCeramic Glass(14 5/8" X 11 3/4")Ceramic Glass(14 5/8" X 11 3/4")Ceramic Glass(14 5/8" X 11 3/4")Full Cast Iron with Deer Engraved
LegsPedestalStraight steel-madeCurvy cast ironStraight cast iron
Firebox Volume3.3 Cu. Ft.3.3 Cu. Ft.3.3 Cu. Ft.3.3 Cu. Ft.
Clearance(single wall pipe)Back wall- 14-1/2"
Corner- 12”
Side Wall- 20”
Top- 84”
Back wall- 14-1/2"
Corner- 12”
Side Wall- 20”
Top- 84”
Back wall- 14-1/2"
Corner- 10”
Side Wall- 12”
Top- 84”
Back wall- 14-1/2"
Corner- 12”
Side Wall- 20”
Top- 84”
DoorClearance(double wall pipe)Back wall- 7-1/2"
Corner- 10”
Side Wall- 20”
Top- 84”
Back wall- 7-1/2"
Corner- 10”
Side Wall- 20”
Top- 84”
Back wall- 7-1/2"
Corner- 8”
Side Wall- 12”
Top- 84”
Back wall- 7-1/2"
Corner- 10”
Side Wall- 20”
Top- 84”

The Coverage

From the viewpoint of coverage, all four of these models are basically identical. They all have a 90,000 BTU/h max output, making them able to keep any area within 900-2,300 sq. ft. warm enough. 

Heat/Fuel Efficiency & Emission

The three measures of emission and efficiency measurements are- Particulate emission rate, Optimum efficiency, and CO emission rate. And all three of them are the same for the four models we’re talking about here. 

That means, all of them come with an Emission rate of 0.95 g/h, An average CO emission of 61.3 g/h, and optimum efficiency of 78%.

To wrap the whole comparison up, here’s a video on the 3.3 series that we’ve found on SBI’s youtube channel-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f41lPGsiU7Q

Drolet 1.9 Series (Blackcomb II, Deco II & Savannah II): Best For Small/Medium Spaces

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Features That They Share

  • Capacity: 500 – 1,800 sq ft.
  • Firebox: 1.9 Cu. Ft.
  • Log Size: up to 18” 
  • Output: 65,000 BTU/h
  • Particulate Emission Rate: 1.26 g/h. 
  • Optimum efficiency: 78%
  • CO Emission Rate: 58 g/h
  • Cast iron frame with pedestal stand. 
  • Ceramic glass door.
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Blackcomb II, Deco II & Savannah II)

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As long as it’s about keeping the heat up in a small apartment or space, this Drolet lineup is there. Honestly, they don’t share that many physical features anyway. But we’ve put them on the same row because of their heating capacity, efficiency, and overall performance.  

However, here’s a comparative sneak peek-

Blackcomb IIDeco IISavannah II
Drolet Blackcomb II
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Drolet Deco II
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Drolet Savannah II
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Key Takeaways
Pedestal stand.
Comes with a standard blower.
Mid-range budget.
Key Takeaways
Straight legs of stainless steel.
Clean and simple design.
Most lightweight(395 lbs) and minimalistic in the series.
More log storage.
Key Takeaways
Stylish cast iron legs.
More clearance on corner and side.
Most luxurious stove of the lineup.

As long as it’s about keeping the heat up in a small apartment or space, this Drolet lineup is there. Honestly, they don’t share that many physical features anyway. But we’ve put them on the same row because of their heating capacity, efficiency, and overall performance.  

We’re going to disclose more below- 

The Structure and Built Quality

As you might know already, these three(Blackcomb II, Deco II & Savannah II) have the same size of the firebox- 1.9 cubic feet. Obviously, they can house the same size of logs(18”). 

These pedestal models have cast iron frames with ceramic glass doors with each. The glass door is 15-3/4″ x 9-3/4″ for all three of them.

Structurally, all three of them are quite close, but the height of Deco II. It’s 36-5/8″ high stove, which provides more room of log storage than the 30-⅝” height of both Blackcomb II and Savannah II. 

Also, Blackcomb II offers a 5 inch more clearance(15”) on the sidewall, compared to the other two(Deco II and Savannah II have 10” sidewall clearance). It’s also the heaviest among the group. 

The Coverage

All three of this lineup share the same heating output of 65,000 BTU/hour, which is good for keeping any area within 500-1800 square feet warm. 

Heat/Fuel Efficiency & Emission

Blackcomb II, Deco II & Savannah II- they all are non-catalytic combustion based stoves. With an optimum efficiency of 78%, they’re good enough for any small to medium space. 

The CO release and average particulate emission rates are 58 g/h and 1.26 g/h respectively. In terms of CO release rate, this is a significant score, compared to the 60-90 g/h range that most of the other Drolet stoves lie within(except Escape 1500). 

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

Question: Is Drolet a good wood stove brand?

Answer: Yes, Drolet is one of the top rated brands with a rich inventory of wood stoves in the USA and Canada. All of their stoves are EPA certified(under 2.5 g/h particulate emission) and offer good efficiency. 

Question: Where are Drolet wood stoves made?

Answer: Drolet wood stoves are made and distributed by Stove Builder International, Inc. across Canada, North America, South America, and Australia. It’s a Canadian enterprise, which has it’s USA distribution center at South Bend, Indiana.

Question: Are Drolet wood stoves CSA approved?

Answer: All of the Drolet wood stoves mentioned above, are CSA B415.1-10 standard approved, which is an emission rate of 4.5 g/h around all of the Canadian provinces. In Montreal, it’s 2.5 g/h and Drolet wood stoves also meet that.

Question: Where to buy Drolet wood stoves?

Answer: On amazon, Drolet stoves are in the inventories of trusted sellers like My Fireplace Products, Northern Tool + Equipment. Also, it’s available on other e-commerces like My Fireplace Products, Home Depot, E Fireplace Store, Northern Tool + Equipment and a few more.

Question: How to clean a Drolet wood stove?

Answer: Cleaning clogged up Drolet stoves usually means cleaning the creosote(tar, organic vapor, and expelled moisture) from the chimney. You can use a chimney brush or SootEater kit to clean it up with ease.

Question: What Drolet wood stove accessories are there?

Answer: There are Drolet accessories like Cooking grate, fireplace grate, heat shield, rigid firescreen, air plenum kit, forced air blower kit(with speed control), air filter(with support), air intake pipe, cold air return housing, air intake kit, hopper extension, storage tank(self-feeding) with extension, log holder, discharge tank etc. 

Question: Can I use a Drolet wood stove in an RV or mobile home?

Answer: Definitely, but it has to be approved for a mobile home application. Check out the list of Drolet stove models in the USA and Canada that comes with a ‘Mobile Home approval’.

Bottom Line

Well, seems like we’ve made you read till the very end of these reviews on several top-rated Drolet wood stoves. Nonetheless, we hope that the discussion has set a comparative perspective in you, before you put your hands on the ‘right’ model for your need. 

That said, let’s talk about some other brands of wood stoves in the next post. Leave your suggestions in the comment below and we’ll send it to our editorial team right away. 

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