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

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Review of HearthStone --- Bennington -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into masonry chimney
Date Reviewed: 2009-08-31 23:03:07

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): | House Size (Sq feet): 1600
Bought in 2007 , Price Paid: 2100
Location : , NH ,
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Abundant Life

Caluwe Hydronic Wood and Pellet stoves
Likes: Beautiful stove, seals well, lovely glass front doors.

Dislikes: VERY tiny ash pan, VERY difficult to start quickly (from cold it takes 20 minutes or more to get to a reliable burn, needing attention every few minutes), interior baffle failed in just under 1 1/2 heating season. Air control is VERY difficult to adjust through out its WHOLE range and often adjusts itself randomly. Inappropriately rated for 80,000 BTU, inappropriately sold for 1600 square foot house.

Comments: Skip this stove, it is not all of what it is claimed to be.

When they say 80,000 BTU (I\'m serious here), they really meant closer to 40,000 BTU. When the dealer says 1500 square feet, they should be saying 1000 square feet if a ranch style, 1200 square feet if installed on the bottom of a two story. When they said \"Lifetime Guarantee\", they meant only if you burn kiln dried hardwoods (the dealer told me they will void the warranty if I burn too much pine or any alternative fuels).

Really, skip this stove, this isn\'t even funny.

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