The Homewood Heritage

The Homewood Heritage is our original model – very popular with people who want a beautiful, functional and efficient solid cast-iron wood stove.

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Main features: large and attractive firebox; two huge ovens; generous stove top cooking; wetback for water heating; solid construction; attractive and practical design. Continue reading for full details…


Cooking with the Heritage is a pleasure: it’s easy to operate, gets up to temperature quickly and has excellent heat distribution for consistent cooking performance. The two ovens allow for simultaneous cooking at two different temperatures: bread rolls cooking in the top oven, and a casserole simmering in the bottom!

The top oven is very large, with a capacity of 82 L (450 mm wide, 365 mm high and 500 mm deep – approx. three cubic feet) for serious cooking. All oven panels are heavy cast iron for superb heat retention and even distribution. The oven door has a double-glazed, safety-grade glass window with an external guard-bar: so you can check up on your baking without having to keep opening and closing the door. The top oven door also has an accurate thermometer for reliable temperature reading, in both Celsius and Fahrenheit. The top oven has six tray positions.

The lower oven runs at three-quarters of the temperature of the top oven so is great for slower cooking: puddings and desserts, casseroles and stews! It has a capacity of 49.5 L (450 mm wide, 220 mm high and 500 mm deep – approx. 1.75 cubic feet), and four tray positions. It can also be used as a heating drawer, or to dry fruit with the door ajar.

The Heritage’s cooking plates are made from heavy cast iron, machined smooth for optimum pot and pan contact and maximum heat transfer. They have an excellent reputation for durability and, unlike many other wood stoves, are not prone to warping or cracking. There are three plates at differing temperatures, which allows for instant access to variable heat: left for boiling, searing and getting things going, then moving right for simmering, slow cooking and keeping things warm. The very large surface area allows for the use of a fair few pots, pans and kettles simultaneously (Penelope often has five or six pots in operation at any one time!).

Check out our recipe section for a bunch of fully illustrated Heritage cooking examples – all recipes tried and tested, with plenty of tips and tricks for wood stove cooking! We regularly add cooking sessions, so feel free to get in touch if there’s something specific you’d like to see cooked on a Homewood.


The Homewood Heritage is easy to light, gets up to cooking temperature quickly (kettle boiling in 10 minutes from lighting, oven up to 180 C in 20 – 30 minutes!), and is very easy to run overnight. Maintaining the Heritage is straightforward, and always comes up looking good as new after a clean and polish!

The Heritage firebox door has a double-glazed, high-grade, ceramic glass window, which makes it easy to monitor the fire, as well as making the stove an attractive focal point of any home. Large logs (up to 210 mm in diameter and 480 mm long) are easily accommodated: and the stove will keep going through the night if a large log gets added and the air controls closed before retiring for the night.

There are three easy-to-use stove controls. Primary air is regulated using the two air controls: a sliding vent above the firebox door that drops air down the face of the glass, keeping it clean during start-up; and a rotating cap on the ash pan door that introduces air to blast up through the bottom of the grate and boost a fire. There is an unregulated secondary air intake that runs along the top of the firewall partition for greater efficiency. The flue bypass lever is used to divert air directly up the flue when lighting the fire, and is then switched over to force the hot combustion gas to circulate around the ovens, heating them on its way to the flue. The bypass lever is located next to the attractive flue collar and soot door (with Homewood ‘acorn’ motif). The flue collar accommodates a 150 mm flue.

The cooking plates are easily removable for cleaning, and the stove also has two cleaning ports that enable access for full cleaning around the outside of the oven when required (many owners clean their Heritage only once every six weeks or so – we recommend monthly!). The spacious cleaning ports allow the provided poker and cleaning tool unrestricted movement for cleaning. The ash pan is large, so requires only infrequent emptying (Penelope says she only empties hers about every 4 weeks).

Want to get a head-start on wood stove operation? Download an electronic copy of our Operating Manual and get yourself up to speed!


Total weight:      400 kg
Overall size:      1025 wide by 870 high by 620 mm deep
Top oven:      82 L (450 wide, 365 high by 500 mm deep)
Lower oven:      49.5 L (450 wide, 220 high by 500 mm deep)
Firebox:      43 L (265 wide by 345 high by 475 mm deep)
Firewood:      up to 460 long and 210 mm in diameter
Ash pan:      19 L (250 wide by 170 high by 450 mm long)
Flue:      150 mm diameter, 4.2 m min. length recommended
Copper wetback:      4 – 5 kW *can be fitted with higher output!
Heat output:      will heat a well-insulated area of up to 150 m2 (10 – 12 kW)

Full installation specifications available from our downloads page.


“I just love my Homewood! It is easy to light and quick to heat up. Kettle is always hot, and just love it for cooking; the lovely big oven is fantastic – cooks anything from pav’s to roasts: all cooked to perfection.

Thank you for making such an awesome stove!”

– Charmain, Taranaki

>>>>> …Read more testimonials here!


Still not convinced? Discover the Homewood Heritage with David and Penelope (Mr. and Mrs. Homewood Stoves!) in this informative video:


NZD$11,440 + GST; includes stove, wetback, stove tools, two racks and three trays. Does not include freight or flue (flue kit requirements vary house to house).
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