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Review of Lopi:Travis Industries --- Freedom (2003 model) -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Lopi:Travis Industries --- Freedom (2003 model) -- 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): 450 | House Size (Sq feet): 2000
Bought in 0000 , Price Paid: 3000
Location : delaware county, Pa ,
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Salters Fireplace-Norristown Pa

Caluwe Hydronic Wood and Pellet stoves
Likes: Great big window- for a spectacular view of fire. The insert is solidly constructed and looks great. The brass door is easy to clean and much more durable than the micro thin gold plating alternative which eventually fade to a chrome look. The 6"x24" cooking surface is ideal for a 1/2 kettle to add extra humidity to the room.

Dislikes: The front on the stove can take a 24" log but the stove is tapered toward the back and can only take an 18" log. This is not a big deal unless all your wood is cut to 24" lengths. Overnight burns are more like 9-10 hours with oak not the 10-12 published.

Comments: My insert is located in the basement of my split level and easily heats the bottom two levels. The upstairs level gets just enough heat to be comfortable. Heat control is real simple with the single control rod and variable speed blower. The Freedom insert is a great stove. My only regret is waiting so long to get it.

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