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Review of Fireplace Xtrordinair:Travis Industries --- 44 ELITE -- Fireplace burning Wood only

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Review of Fireplace Xtrordinair:Travis Industries --- 44 ELITE -- Fireplace burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
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): 400 | House Size (Sq feet): 3100(+/-)
Bought in 0000 , Price Paid: 4000.
Location : Long Island, NY , GOD BLESS AMERICA !
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Woodland Valley

Likes: HEAT, HEAT, HEAT. This is a serious unit. It pushes alot of heat, and looks great doing it. The unit alone is keeping my 3100 sq ft open floorplan at 74-76* downstairs, and 70-72* upstairs. Guess the posi-pressure system works. Kids have tossed the thermals and broken out the shorts while inside!!

Dislikes: Doors get dirty on low burn. No ash drawer. Takes some experimentation to get burn rates and interior temps consistent. Still working that out. I think I am too concerned about the catalytic converter working. I may opt for the temp probe to be installed.

Comments: I initially had a bad fireplace dealer experience, and my faith in the hearth industry was seriously shaken. I had researched this unit and was talked into something else by a dealer when I was building home (last year). I re-researched unit and with the input from many honest dealers around the country, and this web site, (thank you) decided to replace the original "builders box" with an ELITE. To say Woodland Valley did an awesome job would not give them enough credit. I am very pleased with work performed and overall performance of fireplace. I guess I have entered the world of woodburning for heat. Local utility is going to accuse me of turning meter back. Heat hasn't been used since fireplace was installed!! Thanks again to all involved.

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