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

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Review of Fireplace Xtrordinair:Travis Industries --- Xtrordinair 44 Elite -- Fireplace burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into masonry chimney
Date Reviewed: 2005-02-20 14:06:50

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): 3100
Bought in 2003 , Price Paid: $3500
Location : , WI , USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store -

Likes: Looks nice.

Dislikes: Severe problem with cold air blowing into room when not in operation or when fire out in early morning. Worse with wind. This is a design flaw regarding the air flow patterns. Dealer was of no help. Persistent contact with Travis--technical rep finally admitted they are having this problem with this model in cold areas (WI, MN, etc) and that the air is from the chimney. I have done many experiments blocking the side blower intake and rear chase vents. They are correct. It is the chimney air pouring into the room. The volume and velocity of the cold air is incredible. An engineer friend walked in my house and could not beleive I paid thousands of dollars for someone to install a cold air blower in my livingroom. This is a new house, poured concrete walls, supertight, and no source of negative pressure that we can find. They are supposedly beta testing some kind of chimney device that we may have the option of buying from our dealers someday. They should give it away. This unit is a mistaken investment for anyone living in a cold climate. It devours huge amounts of wood just to warm itself up! There is no heat produced for your house for hours because the unit is so cold. When it gets going, it works well. I know someone who has the 36" model with the air intake in her basement and she has no problems with cold air coming in her chimney and gets tremendous heating efficiency. Huge regrets.

Comments: Stay away from the 44" model until they change the design. Cut A LOT of wood.

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