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Friday, May 6, 2016

Take a Tour of the Absolute Steel Hybrid

Absolute Steel - Charcoal & Brown
Our new Absolute Steel Hybrid Stove is shipping, and we think now is a good time to give you a tour of what is going on - both inside, and outside.

Absolute Steel - Soapstone Lined Firebox
The Absolute Steel Hybrid has a firebox that is completely lined with soapstone.  The stove has a large ash grate in the center of the floor of  the firebox. There are diagonal slots in the grate to make it easy to slide an ash rake across the surface.  

The firebox is 19” inches deep, from the soapstone inside the loading door, to the soapstone wall opposite the door.
the firebox.

Two removable andirons sit behind the front window.  They extend up above the firebrick 8” to 9” inches.  The front soapstone liner is tapered to direct the air-wash down into the coal bed.

Absolute Steel Decorative Front Panel
Moving along to the outside, the decorative front panel on the Absolute Steel Hybrid is held in place by a thick trim band (see picture).  The top has a complementary design on every model except the “Great Plain” (hence the name).  We will post additional color combinations shortly.     
Absolute Steel Top (Wildwood Model)

The metallic brown detail on a charcoal base is one combination we are particularly fond of.

Like her brother, the Ideal Steel Hybrid, the Absolute Steel Hybrid has a bypass damper that “interlocks” with the side loading door.  You have to open the bypass before you can open the loading door.

The loading door is completely lined with soapstone, so it feels like a bank vault door (strong and sturdy), and, more importantly, it makes the entire firebox completely lined in soapstone.  This lining helps to maintain high temperatures and insure complete combustion.   
Absolute Steel Loading Door

The first of many Absolute Steel Hybrid stoves has shipped today, it is an exciting time here at the factory.  Stay tuned for more pictures, more information, and more excitement!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Absolute Steel Hybrid is in Production!

We have been anxiously anticipating the first day of production on our Absolute Steel Hybrid Stove, the stoves that are going into the homes of our customers.  And, it's here!!  The welders are very busy creating an amazing hybrid stove that will heat your home with emissions of 0.5 gm/hr.

Welder Creating an Absolute Steel Stove
We have been waiting for the U.L. Listing Labels, they have arrived - just today.  We are printing the Bills of Lading, scheduling the shipping and getting ready to crate the Woodstock Soapstone Absolute Steel Hybrid Stoves.  It is a flurry of activity around here.

The first stoves to ship will be the Wildwood Model, with the doors on the right side.  We are expecting the Wildwood Model with the doors on the left side to ship in a few weeks.

Wildwood Right-Side Door

The steel has been fashioned into the stove boxes, the artwork has been cut.  The andirons are lined up and ready to go.  Stoves are getting painted and hybrid combustion chambers are getting installed.

Absolute Steel Stove Body Boxes

If you are in our area, please stop in and take a tour of the factory!  We are open Monday thru Saturday, 9:00 to 5:00.  We would love to show you all of the activity that is going on.

Absolute Steel Andirons

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Us - Ideal Steel Steal of the Month

May is upon us, and we are in a celebratory mood here at the Woodstock Soapstone Company.  May brings us, among other holidays, Cinco de Mayo.  Our Ideal Steel Steal of the month honors our Southern Neighbors who are commemorating a military victory over France, which happened on May 5, 1862.  “This was a real David versus Goliath situation that inspired Mexicans at home and in the U.S.” (NBC News) 

To show our appreciation of the Mexican culture, we have created artwork comprising a collection of ancient Mexican themes, including; Incan, Aztec and Mayan imagery.

Aztec Sun CUL016 - Click to Enlarge

Get the benefit of great savings, and join us in our celebration of Cinco de Mayo, by purchasing our Ideal Steal of the Month.  You can enjoy looking at this beautiful artwork on your Woodstock Soapstone Ideal Steel Stove.  Don’t delay; this special event pricing will not last long.  This special pricing ends at the end of the month of May.   

I want a metallic brown stove with black accents to show-off the Mexican theme of this collection. What colors will you be choosing?