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Review of Avalon:Travis Industries --- avalon insert -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Avalon:Travis Industries --- avalon insert -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into existing Fireplace
Date Reviewed: prior to Nov. 2004*)

Satisfaction Ratings from 5 stars (best) to 1 star (worst)
Satisfaction with unit = ✰
Satisfaction with dealer =
Satisfaction with manufacturer = ✰✰

Other Information about the Home and Stove
Room Size (Sq ft): | House Size (Sq feet):
Bought in 1999 , Price Paid: prev owner
Location : alb, nm , us
Purchased from: Direct From Manufacturer - unknown but dealer only product

Caluwe Hydronic Wood and Pellet stoves
Likes: Glass door

Dislikes: Noise
Noise
Noise
bucket design
insert design
vent design
gasket availability and accessability

Comments: It has a 4 piece metal insert kit and the pieces had no vibration insulation. The gasket a stamped square with about a 3/8 thickness was destroyed when it was removed I made a replacement from automotive repair fiberglass and high temp silicone. I then had to locate all the areas that rattled during use and I applied a small amount of the silicone until the rattling stopped. The gaskets I made by layering several sheets of fiberglass which was cut to the shape of the old. I used a small amount of silicone to hold it all together because of the awkward way it was reattached. Maybe they fixed all this but the gasket was in my opinion made to be replaced each time it is removed and the manufacturer makes no attempt to provide information regarding the installation and availability of anything on their site. The fire bucket is made with drilled holes in the bottom which seems to become more easily obstructed than the grill type I have used. It seems such a trivial thing but imagine a grill on the bottom and then imagine a screen and it gives you the idea.

* Dates that reviews were submitted were not recorded prior to Nov. 2004