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Review of HearthStone --- Bennington -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only

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Review of HearthStone --- Bennington -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
Date Reviewed: 2005-11-03 20:34:36

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):
Bought in 2005 , Price Paid: 1900.00
Location : , ,
Purchased from: Home Center/Hardware -

Likes: Looks fantastic
best quality stove evere seen
Very tight tollerance construction.

Dislikes: small design oversight
Blower as an option is nice but a little loud, worth it if you don't have a ceiling fan in area to circulate heat.

Comments: I have done lots of research on stoves before I purchased my bennington by hearthstone. I need a stove to replace my Lopi Patriot it was in the house when we purchased it. I found it to be very inefficent meaning it went through wood like Niagra dumps water. I finaly decided on getting the bennington after much deliberation and research. Then I stumbled across three bad reviews on this site. Needless to say I was very discouraged. I ended up talking to a few more venders and was assured that the bennington was a good stove. I made the purchased and installed it myself. I could not beleive how tight the stove is built. The tollerances are like a machineist built it. The initial firing is to be a small fire to season the cast iron. The next fire I built was a larger fire then I noticed the same that bad draft isssues that I read about in reviews. I noticed that when I cracked the door the fire would take off like an out of controll forest fire. I started to investigate why my damper controlls were not letting air in to feed the fire. I ended up talking to hearthstone direct and found out how to access the damper controlls on bolth sides of the stove. After doing a carefull examination of the 2" square damper controlls I noticed that the cast iron shell had almost completley closed off air access to damper openings. I took my grinder with a cutting wheel on it and cut a 1" square out of the overcast, put the stove back together and was blowen away on how the performance increased. This is one case were close design tollerances is a bad thing. They should have caught this small oversight and taken care of it. None the less it was well wirth the 20 minutes it took to do it. After doing this I can assure you that is putts off every bit of 75,000 btu and yes it still dampers down to 5,000 btu or zero. As to other comments made about the stove "rope seal fell out, and top reflector crumbels" These are parts that normally go bad with use. All stoves have these replacable parts and require replacing every two to three years. In closing if you get this stove and make this small modification you will have one of the nicest looking best performing stoves on the market. I have had several brands and styles over the years to compare to.

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