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Review of Pacific Energy --- Summit Insert -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Pacific Energy --- Summit Insert -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into existing Fireplace
Date Reviewed: 2010-12-12 16:11:43

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): 625+ | House Size (Sq feet): 3000
Bought in 2009 , Price Paid:
Location : Owasso, OK 74055, USA
Purchased from: Home Center/Hardware - C & D Sales

Caluwe Hydronic Wood and Pellet stoves
Likes: Nice large firebox. Max length for logs would be about 19\" back to front. Will get a good burn going with secondary flame. Very nice air control. Puts out pretty good heat with a good fire and with fan on and it has a fairly long burn. This is a pretty good unit, but it could be improved.

Dislikes: The unit is of very limited value for having a cook top surface. There is an ornamental(?) sheet iron cover bolted onto the top front of the stove where you expect to have a cook top surface. It makes the stove look nice, but it makes for a very poor cooktop surface. It simply does not get hot enough to cook with this cover on it. An effective cooktop was a big reason why we selected this stove, and I\'m disapointed with that part of it. The stove has a very good fan driven air system that blows air across the top of the unit, but I have my doubts if it would be a very effective heater without the fan. There is an internal heat/flame shield (a thin sheet of sheet iron) suspended about a quarter of an inch below the bottom of the top plate of the stove. I assume this is to protect the underside of the top plate of the stove from the flames and flue gasses. I don\'t know...maybe the top plate is too thin and it\'s caused problems in the past that required this flame shield to be added? It would seem to me that this design does not allow for the best trasmission of heat from the secondary combustion region of the stove to the top of the stove. On other units we\'ve owned (by other manufacturers) the underside of the top plate and cooktop surface had direct contact with the flame and thus got very hot. Not so with this stove.

Comments: Generally a good stove for heating, but it has almost no value as a backup cook top surface. With just a little design changes this stove would be a tremendous unit. I believe the heat transfer ability of this stove could be improved dramatically by removing the internal flame shield and by fluting either the underside or topside of the top plate to increase the surface area and thus it\'s ability to conducted and transfer heat. The top plate thickness may have to increased to do that and would be an extra step and add a little cost to the construction. Also the top plate should be extended slightly at the front and the ornamental sheet iron cover should be removed. I guessing it\'s a heck of a lot cheaper to just stamp out a cheap sheet iron cover than it would be to actually work the front of the thicker top plate into something nice looking. If they made this change this stove would then have an effective cooktop.

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