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Review of Morso --- 3440 -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Morso --- 3440 -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
Date Reviewed: 2007-10-30 06:18:48

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): 650 | House Size (Sq feet): 4000
Bought in 2005 , Price Paid: $1700
Location : Montrose, Angus , Scotland
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Burning question, Perth, Scotlan

Likes: Very well made, very high quality construction.
Clean burning.

Dislikes: Not really a convection stove.
Needs a lot of attention for the air controls.
Generally doesnt over nite burn.

Comments: There is a small design problem, that is the air intake has a long flow path, from the back of the stove over the top and down the glass window. This ofcourse super heats the air which will ignite unburnt gases.
It is therefore a very clean burning stove.
However, this causes a problem, it has the effect like a person trying to breathe air thru a straw, so causing the fire to burn very aggressively or not at all, it is difficult to get a balance between the 2 and so the appliance needs a lot attention.
We sold the 3440, and put a Jotul 602 in its place.
Having had experiances with many stoves, I found that generally I will only stick with 2 manufacturers, Jotul and Morso, however, I think that simplicity is better than complication, I would look at other Morso s without this design.

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