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Review of QuadraFire --- 3100I - Insert -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only

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Review of QuadraFire --- 3100I - Insert -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into existing Fireplace
Date Reviewed: 2004-12-01 16:20:57

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): 300 | House Size (Sq feet): 2200
Bought in 2004 , Price Paid: 1350
Location : Hayden, ID 83835, USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Andy's Heating & Cooling

Likes: The stove runs great and is extremely easy to load. I do recommend using shoter than the 18 inch maximum logs that the stove can take. I tend to us 16 inch logs. The stove puts out tons of heat even without a Blower. I can get around 9-10 hours with a full load of seasoned Red Fir and it damped all the way down. Sucks a great draft with the new stainless liner I installed. Air controls are great and offer good control over output. The stove is also very easy to get started.

Dislikes: Pipe opening too far forward for most factory built chimneys (doesn't extend far enough back into fireplace for easy hookup, I had to do a lot of trimming and grunt work to get it to fit)- highly recommend going up to the 4100I if you want to do it yourself, or at least verify it will be an easy fit. Glass seems to get dirty fairly fast.

Comments: I recommend buying it WITHOUT a blower to start as it turns out I didn't end up needing it. I think the extra $200-250 expediture is not worth it. I'm heating 1800 square feet of my 2200 Square foot house with the stove and it does great.

Type of wood burned varies the burn time a lot. If you want long burns, Red Fir & Tamarack are best. If you want fast burns but high heat output, white fir or pine seems to work best.

I have pictures of the install if you are interested in doing it yourself including the installation of a stainless steel liner with insulation. e-mail me at tmonter@adelphia.net

For those who e-mailed me before I apologize I had a hard drive crash and had to reload everything and lost most of my e-mails. Please e-mail me again for pictures.

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