Most places in the US (all?), all stoves must be EPA "certified" to be
installed. You cannot even remove uncertified stoves for cleaning and
re-install them where I live. This is important to consider if you buy used.
I have had a Pacific Energy" insert now for 5 years. I researched
several inserts before I chose this one. It has been excellent with 0
problems, good heat, stoke up and burn all night - with approx a cup
full of soot from the liner - which I only clean 1x a year. It burns
slow with minimal wood useage. It has a built in blower with a
thermostat that will cut in / out according to the temperature. In case
of a power outage I have a small battery operated fan blowing directly
at the stove which circulates the heat nicely. I heat a 2 story 1500 sq
foot home burning 4 cords a year - the oil furnace is rarely used.
Since I installed mine 4 other people on the street have installed the
same unit. Just google pacific energy wood stoves - it's worth a look.
reason I bought you did not have to re-flew the chimney, That can get into a
bit of money. The only problem I had with it the fan motor broke the first
year. Short version. The fireplace shop said the motor had to be oiled once
a year, It says that in the owners manual. Got him off guard held the manual
said show me. So I oiled the new free motor once a year, 45 min Job. That
might a question. After about 10 years the door catch was getting lose. the
Brass was wearing out. But there is nothing like the heat of a wood fire it
outweighs the whole pain in the ass firewood
Quadra-Fire - after 3 years of heavy winter use I had a chimney sweep in.
He came to me shaking his head. I got worried. He says, "There's nothing
there to clean out other than the smoke shelf. I gotta charge ya
Great heat in a ranch style house, no less.
Or efficient. My Avalon was serviced after two years of use. Fellow
said all he found was powder. Excellent burn. I attribute that to the
total package installation which included a properly sized flue liner.
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