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

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Review of HearthStone --- Phoenix -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
Date Reviewed: 2006-10-02 17:52:29

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): 450 | House Size (Sq feet): 1700
Bought in 2005 , Price Paid: 3100 Cnd.
Location : Pembroke, Ontar , Canada
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Performance Wood Burning

Likes: Great looks, long periods of radiant heat after fire is out! Temperature doesn’t fluctuate as with steel/cast stoves (more constant heat temperature). Glass stays fairly clean and it is a well built solid stove.

Dislikes: Fire is slow to start initially, door must be cracked open for approx. 15 minutes after lighting to get a good burn going and then may be closed. But once the soap stone heats up the fire is easily maintained.

Comments: Very nice looking stove and well built and provides our main heat source through-out the winter. Soap stone is great for hours of heat without having to load the stove up continuously with wood. Start-up is slow as mentioned above; more draft would be nice at the start (maybe the dampers). Once up to temperature, burn is vigorous and stove can be dampened down for longer burn periods. A couple of small pieces of pine along with kindling helps get the fire going and then oak is added. Highly recommended stove, we will be taking it with us if we ever move.

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