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Review of Other --- Chalet 1800 -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Other --- Chalet 1800 -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
Date Reviewed: 2008-11-13 00:05:57

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): 400 | House Size (Sq feet): 2000
Bought in 2008 , Price Paid: 2000
Location : Canmore, AB , Canada
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Hearthfireplacedepot Calgary

Caluwe Hydronic Wood and Pellet stoves
Likes: Excellent workmanship, good materials, burns well, takes decent-sized logs.

Dislikes: Not as "flashy" as some stoves? Firebox could be a bit bigger vertically.

Comments: I haven't seen any reviews on this stove anywhere. I bought it on the recommendation of the sales guy, because it was a good price and mainly because I liked the way it was put together--I know a little bit about welding and steel, this was good stuff--thick steel, nice welds, obviously some thought had gone into building something to last and not just look nice. I looked at a lot of other stoves and almost bought a Rais, but didn't like the vertical loading aspect and the cost for their basic units.

The last wood stove I used extensively was a "hippie killer" 20 years ago. We heated exclusively with that stove, and it did make heat but was real PITA for many reasons. This Archgard heats the upper two floors of my house (about 1400 square feet) no problem. It hasn't been really cold yet (-10C), can't wait for that so we can let the stove rip a bit more. Right now we burn small loads to embers and then rebuild later in the day, just too hot with the outside temperatures only a few degrees below freezing. But when it's -30 this is going to be fun!

Stove window stays clean, air control works well even burning the pine and fir we burn around here (some birch in reserve for the cold weather), no issues. I do think a slightly bigger box would be better so I could put bigger logs in (nice big pine logs better than small ones), but I don't know if this would be less efficient or what. The stove will boil water happily, one reason I wanted a stove and not an insert--we can cook as well heat if the power goes out for a while.

Last comment--if anyone is thinking of doing their own installation in an existing chase do a lot of research first, it's pretty straightforward but takes some thought and basic framing skills. I designed a really nice heat shield (if I do say so myself) and had it fabricated at a local sheet metal shop. The stove is only about 6 inches from combustibles, but the heat shield never even gets very warm, this stove just doesn't put heat out the back, it all goes out the front and sides.

I'll try to post something after a year of full-time burning, only had it going four weeks here. Thought some other people might find the info useful.

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