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Review of Lopi:Travis Industries --- Revere -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Lopi:Travis Industries --- Revere -- 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): 140 | House Size (Sq feet): 1600
Bought in 2001 , Price Paid: @1600
Location : Burlington, NC 27215, USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Fireplaces Unlimited

Likes: I did a self install in mid-December 2002. We saw our gas bills drop lower each month through the rest of winter. My Revere insert is in a 7'x 20' den on the north side of our house. My wife was very suprised to see it heat our 1600 sq.ft. 1936 built farmhouse. It kept the thermostat, in the hall two rooms away, reading at 69 to 74 degrees as long as the stove was in operation. Easy to regulate temperature once you get used to the damper controls.


Dislikes: Dealer was always too busy to promptly return calls or e-mail but did get around to it. Was very knoledgable about the right size insert for our circumstaces.
The Lopi Revere model does require the blower to get the maximum amount of heating ability available. Would be nice to have an ash pan on it. An overnight burn using seasoned oak is more like 4 to 5 hours, 6 hours tops.

Comments: It took us a while to learn how to set the dampers for maximum effect, after that, it was a cakewalk. Our den has two openings to the rest of the house, a door to the dining room and a pass thru window to the kitchen. With the use of ceiling fans it house at a fairly even temperature. A little cooler in the bedrooms (farthest away) and a little warmer, but not overheated, in the den (which is perfect since it is on the north side of the house). I would have preferred a soapstone stove, however, we didn't have any where to install one and we had this beautiful unused fireplace. Our house only has insullation in the attic. I would recommend this unit to any one who has few choices of where to put a wood stove and wants maximum utility. I know it saved us at least $800 on our gas bill this past winter, and that was only from mid-December on. Can't wait for this winter!

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