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Review of Englander --- 30 NC -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Englander --- 30 NC -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into masonry chimney
Date Reviewed: 2010-03-18 20:46:16

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): 1000 | House Size (Sq feet): 1800
Bought in 2009 , Price Paid: $700
Location : Greencastle, PA 17225, USA
Purchased from: Home Center/Hardware - Lowes

Likes: Heavy steel for the price, but not as heavy as the more expensive stoves.
Fan works great wouldn\'t be without it.

Dislikes: Hard to regulate stove top temp.Poor primary air system. You must keep baby setting it.
Don\'t even think of using the ash pan. I\'m going to take the cast iron cover out and cut a firebrick in its place, so I don\'t hit the eye when taking ashes out.
The baffles above the air tubes gaps 1/4\" to 3/8\" when the stove heats up.

Comments: I\'ve been burning wood and coal for over 40 years.
This is the first stove I have used with out grates.
The stove is in basement and it\'s hard to keep room temp in the 70\'s . Temp swings 5-8 degrees. When you load the stove the seconary air helps burn the wood, so you have to close the primary air. When the wood burns down some then seconary air doesn\'t help burn but now the primary air is closed with in 1/2\" and you get charcoal. You have to deal with all the coals by raking them to the front and giving it full air for about 3 hrs. but then the stove top will be about 225-250degrees.
Get a stove with a grate or better primary air system.


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