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Review of Harman --- TL300 -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Harman --- TL300 -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
Date Reviewed: 2010-02-26 07:47:21

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): 200 | House Size (Sq feet): 1200
Bought in 2009 , Price Paid: 2500
Location : Candor, NY 13743, USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Tall Pines Farm

Likes: Generous Heat. Temps stay up through the night. Ashpan takes a week\'s worth of ash. Top loading. Grill. Blower. Large Window. Little creosote in chimney. Build quality.

Dislikes: Painted steel can be tough to clean water stains off of. Heavy (525 lbs) - I used a tractor to get this thing through my front door.

Comments: I moved up from a VC Aspen to this TL300. Comparable to going from an Escort to a Corvette. The Aspen looked nice, but it took wood every 3 hours to keep it over 450 deg. To have coals in the morning, I\'d have to choke it down and then the creosote in the chimney was crazy. We had many small chimney fires and that was with cleaning the chimney every two weeks! I\'ll admit, the wood was not the driest...but still.
The TL300 is awsome so far. I\'ve had it for 2 weeks. It gets the whole house over 80 easily...and can maintain that overnight! The secondary burn really does work. I can load it at 7AM and still have the stovetop over 400 deg at 7PM. The glass gets a little dirty with secondary burn at lower temps, but when reloading and burning with the damper open for a little while, it cleans the glass up quickly.
The top load is awesome. You can load right to the top. The top locks open, a very cool feature that my VC Encore did not have...
Also, when racking the ash/coals around to clean it, the ash dust goes right up the chimney instead of out into the room like it did when I cleaned the Aspen. I did not think of that benefit when I bought it, but the living room is much cleaner!
The ashpan is well built and holds about a week\'s worth of ash compared to taking out the Aspen pan every day.
I don\'t have a creosote problem anymore. The stack temp is around 200 deg when burning damper-closed. I thought that would coke up the chimney, but it does not. I think the secondary burn really does clean up the smoke.
The door latches are well built, latching onto rollers with a positive click and caming the doors tightly against the gaskets, similar to the high end European stoves (Morso).
The air control works well. There is no thermostat on the stove, but so far I don\'t see a need for it. You quickly learn which notch on the air control works for you, and the secondary burn holds at temp for most of the burn.
The heat radiates like crazy out the front during open-damper burning, and out the top and sides during closed-damper burning. I riveted on some additional heat shields on the back corners so the walls didn\'t get so hot.
I have yet to connect up the blower that draws air from the lower back up over the back and top of the stove. I expect it to make it even a more serious heater.
I am also anticipating the arrival of the grill. Given how this stove has performed so far, I bet the grill will work well too.
I would absolutely recommend this stove to anyone looking for a serious woodstove.


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