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Review of QuadraFire --- 4100i -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only

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Review of QuadraFire --- 4100i -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into existing Fireplace
Date Reviewed: 2009-12-20 19:57:30

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): 350 | House Size (Sq feet): 1600
Bought in 2009 , Price Paid: 2800
Location : Blue Bell, PA 19422, USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Ambler Stove & Fireplace

Likes: Great fire view through glass.
Puts out a lot of heat.
Great looking unit.
Hold large load of wood.

Dislikes: Smoke kicks back when you open door unless you have a hot fire. Tough to get ashes out without shutting down.

Comments: Like this insert despite any negatives. Really puts out a lot of heat, looks good in a fireplace, and the fire is as close to a fireplace look as you can get. Cleaning ashes out is tough. They get drafted out into the room instead of up the chimney. An ashbox would be a nice touch. Does smoke easily when you open the door with a cooler fire. I attribute this to the EPA part of the design. It\'s pretty hard to get a good draft when you have all that afterburner crap blocking access to the chimney. I have to feed it at least once during the night to keep an all night fire. Not usually a problem with my bladder. Really uses little wood in comparison to our old heatilator fireplace. Great to have a warm place to sit on a cold winter night. Glass will smoke up if you let the fire run too cool or put wood too close to the glass. Cleans easily with a rag and glass polish. If that doesn\'t get it, a razor blade takes it right off.

Ken

Ken

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