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Review of Napoleon --- 1400PL -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Napoleon --- 1400PL -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
Date Reviewed: 2010-01-18 01:27:09

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): 500 | House Size (Sq feet): 1200
Bought in 2009 , Price Paid: $1356
Location : , Maine , USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Wayne\'s Stove and Canoe shop

Likes: A very well made mid-level stove for a modest price. Starting with a first class installation, good draft and dry wood, it exceeded my expectations overall. After the usual learning curve for a new model, I\'ve gotten longer burn times than advertised and more than enough heat. Due to the heat shields, you get both convective and radiant heating. The former really helps spread the heat around the house and allows closer clearances than most. The radiant top makes a good cooking surface too in power outages. The secondary air is generous and that keeps it burning plenty hot and very clean, so one needs to be mindful to cut back on the air to control the temperature and for maximum burn times.

Dislikes: Just a few minor things: The double stacked internal fire bricks did tend to rattle somewhat with floor vibration, but as ash filled in the gaps that problem has gone away for the most part. I would have preferred thicker steel for the firebox walls, but the double stacked bricks protect the entire interior, plus the top and front steel are plenty hefty. You need to be careful of poking the fragile upper baffles which is made of a ceramic material--it seems to work like a glow plug to ignite the gases--and that it does.

Comments: Overall, I am very happy with this model. Although I had planned to buy a higher end stove, this one worked out extremely well. Keep in mind, that it has excellent draft and is fed real nice dry oak, so the credit really goes to the sum-of-the-parts (the whole system) to get the most out of this (or any) stove\'s capabilities, hence a special thanks to my dealer, installer and wood supplier.

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