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Review of Pacific Energy --- Summit Insert -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Pacific Energy --- Summit Insert -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into existing Fireplace
Date Reviewed: 2006-06-03 20:42:18

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): 2600
Bought in 2005 , Price Paid: 2500
Location : , CT , USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store -

Likes: Well made. Glass stays very clean. Great heat output. Auto on/off blower well designed. Easy to install and clean. Option to draw air from the ash clean out. Overnight burn.

Dislikes: None yet.

Comments: Installed this unit myself in Fall of 05. 6" non-insulated stainless liner through an inside 25 foot chimney. I used the optional ash cleanout air feed, which meant that the combustion air would be drawn from the ash cleanout in the basement (some folks would have this outside - even better) rather than from the room, which makes the room drier and colder.
What can I say? I researched this purchase for many hours before buying, and I am really happy with my selection.
This unit is a beast that cranks out the heat, burns ash down thourourghly, has glass that stays clean and that can be cleaned with a paper towel and water - seriously, and that will last a good 8 hours on the overnight burn. With good wood loaded well, you can have the unit hot enough to keep the blower on for close to all of those 8 hours. 4-6 hours is more usual. After that it is radiant heat, but it's easy to get the fire going. 10 hours is a stretch, and my experience is that at 10 hours it's tough to get going again unless you have some thin, dry kindling.
Many, many positives, no negatives except to say that removing the baffle, though simple, requires upper body strength or clever use of supports. The gasket that seals the baffle to the secondary air feed will get chewed up, but didn't seem to affect performance at all.
Highly recommend for a person looking for a large insert that is high quality, low maintainance, great heat producer, and a great value.
If you want something that is more visually attractive that will have dirty glass all the time except for the 20 minutes after you clean it, you have many options - see the reviews and forums.

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