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Review of HS Tarm --- Solo Plus MK-II 40 -- Central Heater burning Wood only

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Review of HS Tarm --- Solo Plus MK-II 40 -- Central Heater burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
Date Reviewed: 2008-01-09 11:50:22

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): 800 | House Size (Sq feet): 800
Bought in 2007 , Price Paid: $6960
Location : Backus, MN 56435, USA
Purchased from: HVAC Contractor - ICS Energy Solutiobs

Caluwe Hydronic Wood and Pellet stoves
Likes: Very efficient; easy to fire, burn, maintain; very helpful and cooperative dealer and manufacturer; reasonable instructions in manual and very good dealer/manufacturer help to self-install; high quality construction, fit and finish.

Dislikes: Additional water storage is a key to the great ease of use this boiler offers, more emphasis on this point would be helpful; additional water storage can be expensive. Requires more than one wood load per day with lower temperatures (winter temps 20'sF to -30'sF typical for north central MN).

Comments: Replaced traditional water jacket OWB with indoor install for the Solo Plus 40. In comparison, I am about as pleased with the outcome as possible and in fact more than I expected. There is a learning curve to realize the potential of and achieve the satisfaction with the boiler which I have. Heating a wood-working shop, not a house, but this boiler clearly has capacity to heat far more than 800 sq ft.

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