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Review of QuadraFire --- Isle Royale -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only

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Review of QuadraFire --- Isle Royale -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
Date Reviewed: 2010-01-30 17:28:21

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): 2000
Bought in 2004 , Price Paid:
Location : Castleton, ON , Canada
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - stephanie campbell

Caluwe Hydronic Wood and Pellet stoves
Likes: Beautiful burn, nice heat, nice design, overall good working stove. Choice of top load, or front load (theoretically) but you will front load, (see CONS). Super easy lighting.

Dislikes: Firebricks crack/break from front loading wood impacts, which is unavoidable to prevent no matter how careful you try not to hit the rear of the stove. Metal firebrick retainer is low gauge and deforms after a few years. Sticky baffle that jams preventing top loading. Also not usable if stove is somewhat full. Andirons are cheaply mounted and break repeatedly. Ash pan is rather small for heavy use

Comments: An overall great stove, that\'s a nice compromise between hard worker and beautiful looker, but with some design flaws that detract from full satisfaction. Think of a high maintenance girlfriend. Chunky wood can be difficult to get in the stove, between the upper baffle and the taper-to-the -rear firebox shape. Ashpan could be bigger, so stay on top of it.
You regret buying this stove but be prepared to deal with operational irritants. Manufacturer was excellent support.

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