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Review of Hampton --- 300HI -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Hampton --- 300HI -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into existing Fireplace
Date Reviewed: 2010-01-03 15:13:35

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): 224 | House Size (Sq feet): 2200
Bought in 2008 , Price Paid: 3000
Location : Mystic, CT 6355, USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Fireworks, E Haddam, CT

Caluwe Hydronic Wood and Pellet stoves
Likes: Elegant design with black enamel finish. Easy to use. Retains heat for >8 hrs. Very warm. Glass stays clear after opening damper full bore for 30-45 minutes.

Dislikes: Damper does not completely close. Would like to be able to run on low for longer periods. Difficult to extract ashes due to no removable tray.

Comments: We really love this stove. I don\'t know if it gets better with age, but last year we had a hard time lighting it and keeping it going for a long period. There are so many non-stove factors that affect this, however, such as dampness of wood, type of wood, flue height, etc. I think the wood I am using this year is nice and dry, which certainly helps. Last year, I could barely go 7 hours without having to completely restart the fire. This year, I have gone up to 12 hours after which I threw a few pieces of kindling on the bed of coals, opened the damper, and watched the fire catch by itself. The blower works very well, and it is nice to use it on the automatic mode so you don\'t have to worry about cooling down the stove too quickly (it will turn off the blower on its own after the stove temperature drops below a certain level). Without the blower, however, the stove would not be able to do much to circulate the heat. We live in a two story house built in 1951. I would rate the insulation at average to below average. We have not done anything to direct the ventilation and so the heat has trouble finding its way upstairs. However, even when the temperature is in the 20\'s outside, the stove can bring the downstairs up to 72 F and the upstairs I would say in the low 60s. Overall, I am very satisfied with this unit and would recommend it to others.

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