Lopi Endeavor

Best Wood Stove

  • Heavy plate steel
  • Reliable, proven design
  • Durable
  • EPA-certified
  • Alcove and mobile home approved
  • Air tube roll pins fall out easily

Bottom line

The Lopi Endeavor is an efficient, reliable wood stove; it produces a maximum of 72,400 Btu and can heat up to 2,000 square feet. Its square firebox accommodates logs of up to 18 inches and can be loaded from any orientation. It's EPA-certified, mobile home approved and alcove approved, and the bypass damper is a favorite feature. The few complaints we found -- mainly that the air tube roll pins fall out easily -- are very minor.


A proven design. The Lopi Endeavor is a proven, reliable design, producing up to 72,400 Btu to heat homes up to 2,000 square feet in size. Its 2.2-cubic-foot firebox accepts logs of up to 18 inches in any configuration, and its thick plate-steel construction (from 3/16 inch to 5/16 inch) lasts longer and helps provide even heat. The manufacturer promises 10 hours of burn time, which owners say they get close to once they master the art of building a wood fire. If banked correctly, the Endeavor will provide heat all night long. Secondary combustion makes for a clean, hot fire.


Built to last for decades. Although owners love the Lopi Endeavor's thick plate steel and solid welds, they also praise details such as its refractory firebrick lining and bypass damper for preventing smoke backup and giving a strong draft when rekindling the fire. It even comes with the optional wood-stove equivalent of an auto-start (Est. $225) and blower to help distribute heat (Est. $250). The only real complaint we see is that the air tube roll pins tend to fall out, although most owners solve this with a quick trip to the hardware store for replacements.


EPA-certified. The Lopi Endeavor is EPA-certified, with an emissions rate of 1.9 grams per hour. It's also mobile home and alcove approved. The Endeavor comes with a seven-year limited lifetime warranty on key components, with all parts and labor covered for the first two years, including one-way freight. Clearances range from 15 inches and up with single-wall connector, or as low as 4.25 inches from the back wall with specific reduced-clearance parts. Floor protection must extend 6 inches to the side and rear in the U.S. and 8 inches in Canada, and 16 and 18 inches to the front in the U.S. and Canada, respectively.

Ease of use

Wood heat is an art. Most owners agree that the Lopi Endeavor is a cinch to use and particularly easy to load, thanks to its square firebox. "It has great efficiency and keeps my house 74 degrees even when the temps fall below zero, easy to start and maintain," writes one user at WiseHeat.com. The occasional frustrated comments we find seem to be more about the art of building and maintaining a wood fire than the stove itself. Most owners remain thrilled with their Endeavor's performance over time, whether they've had it for a year or more than a decade.

Our Sources

1. Wise Heat

The Lopi Endeavor gets a near-perfect rating from more than a dozen users at WiseHeat.com, a website dedicated to reviews and information on alternative home heating systems.

Review: Lopi Endeavor, Contributors to WiseHeat.com, As of December 2013

2. HomesteadingToday.com

A user in the HomesteadingToday.com forums inquires about Lopi wood stoves and receives several enthusiastic recommendations from owners, particularly for the Lopi Endeavor.

Review: Lopi Wood Stoves, Contributors to HomesteadingToday.com, As of December 2013

3. Hearth.com

A Hearth.com user who recently purchased a Lopi Endeavor wood stove gives a thorough but concise review, along with a few updates and the ensuing discussion.

Review: Lopi Endeavor Review, Contributors to Hearth.com, As of December 2013

4. Hearth.com

A Hearth.com user requests feedback on Lopi wood stoves. Respondents are universally positive about their Lopi stoves, with many of them recommending the Endeavor specifically.

Review: Lopi Wood Stove?? Are They Good?, Contributors to Hearth.com, As of December 2013

5. Mother Earth News

This Mother Earth News buying guide to wood stoves doesn't directly mention the Lopi Endeavor, but one commenter posts a very useful review of the stove.

Review: How to Choose the Right Woodstove, John Guiland, December 2011/January 2012

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