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Review of Country Stoves --- C-210 -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Country Stoves --- C-210 -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
Date Reviewed: 2005-12-20 18:43:22

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): 210 | House Size (Sq feet): 1700
Bought in 2005 , Price Paid: 1500
Location : Reno, NV 89501, USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Woodstove Distributors

Likes: THe c-210 heats the entire house. This is mainly because the intake for my heating system is at the top of the stairs adjacent the fireplace room. I just turn on the furnace fan and it circulates the heat.

Dislikes: Radically fast creosote buildup in a metal chimney.

Comments: BOught this because it was the only one that fit in my existing ZC fireplace. Installed the unit and chimney liner myself. Permitted and passed inspection, and it was basically an easy job as I took my time. Liner was a 35ft DuraVent flex liner kit bought from fireplace dealer for $350. Had to have an offset adapter fabricated at local sheet metal shop for $95, though another shop wanted $195. I also hacked up the existing assembly at the top pf the chimney and had to have a new chase pan made. Talked to DuraVent, Conuntry Stove tech support numerous times and they were very helpful, especially DuraVent. The burn in paint curing period was not bad at all - three kids and no intolerable smells. After 12 nights of burning seasoned wood in December, the top cap of the chimney became completely clogged with what appeared to be type 2 creosote (the gummy kind) and no fire would burn. I had to remove the top cap at midnight, take it down and clean it with a wire brush. I attribute this to having a metal chimney which is notorious for creosote buildup. If I had to do this again, I think I would shop around for the best deal on an insulated, rigid liner.

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