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Review of Hampton --- HI300 -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Hampton --- HI300 -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into masonry chimney
Date Reviewed: 2010-11-08 17:56:18

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): 420 | House Size (Sq feet): 3400
Bought in 2009 , Price Paid: 3000
Location : Hendersonville, NC 28739, USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Wright\'s Hearth & Home

Likes: Really great looking; Easy to start; Quiet fan; Can load up the firebox before bed, and load up again in the morning on the remaining coals.

Dislikes: The automatic switch for the fan does not work well - I\'ve adjusted it per the dealer\'s instructions, but it still only works so-so.

Comments: We installed this unit last summer to make more efficient use of our wood burning fireplace, to help on our gas heating bill, and to take advantage of the 30% tax credit. We burned nearly 4 cords of oak (taken off our property), and cut $700 off our natural gas heating bill from the previous year, while having the coldest winter in recent years (5 degrees colder on average than last year). As a bonus to my wife and daughters, the main room was in the mid-to-upper 70\'s most of the time, instead of the 71 degrees I\'ve kept the furnace thermostat at in the past. The heat carried upstairs a good bit, and helped in adjacent rooms on the main floor. There were not too many stoves to consider, because the room and the existing fireplace and mantle are to the formal side, and most of the inserts out there are more suited to a den. The gals were happy to be toasty, I was happy to decrease my utility costs, and we were all jazzed by the stately beauty of this stove (in dark brown enamel).

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