Mar 6, 2016
I have had a Pioneer Maid since '06 and am very happy with it. Great for cooking and easily heats the whole house to the point where I get lots of fresh air with the windows open in January. It holds a fire all day when I am at work and it's easy to get going when needed. The oven thermometer is even pretty accurate as the cooking times given with recipes work out close. Well worth the money!
Mar 9, 2011
I bought a Pioneer Maid and just recently had all the pipes needed to start it up. I want to tell you how much I love this stove. We had a little pot belly we were using for heat. I sometimes heated water on it, but it wasn't very efficient. The Pioneer Maid is a dream in comparison! It is so easy to cook on, which I never expected. Instead of fiddling with nobs and worrying about burning, I simply move the pot somewhere further from the fire box. If I need a lot more heat, I use the lifter to lift the steel circles to the fire box. I like to place my wok in that and make authentic Chinese stir-fry. The oven is so cute, I know that sounds strange, but it is. I have baked cookies and biscuits in it already. I added an oven thermometer that I bought and most of the time the oven door thermometer is about right, once it heats up. Plus I can touch the oven handle without getting burned. Even my electric stove didn't do that. Plus the Pioneer Maid heats my whole house on just two tiny logs. It holds the heat well. Even though it heats so beautifully my wall and floor never get warm to the touch near the fire box. It is a blessing this stove. The Pioneer Maid will be replacing my electric heater and electric stove. It also replaced my wood heater that used 4 times as many logs to keep my house warm and never heated the whole house. I figure that the Pioneer Maid will save me as much as it costed with in 5 years. I will be saving at least 200 dollars a year in wood and at least 300 a year in electricity. This is the best purchase decision I have ever made in my entire life. I was hesitant about the price, but now that I see how much money it will save me, I feel like I have been blessed.