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Review of Enviro --- EF3Bayi (EF3Bi) -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood Pellets

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Review of Enviro --- EF3Bayi (EF3Bi) -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood Pellets
Installation Type: Pellet/Corn - into existing Chimney/Fireplace
Date Reviewed: 2011-01-05 01:04:23

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): 600 | House Size (Sq feet): 1500
Bought in 2009 , Price Paid:
Location : Ridgewood, NJ 7450, US
Purchased from: Other Store Type (Furniture/etc) - Bought used

Likes: This is one massive piece of machinery, and everything about it says it\'s solid, and very well-built. Except for replacing an incorrect temperature sensor (probably NOT the manufacturer\'s fault - I got this used) upon installation, this stove hasn\'t required any repairs of any kind in 1 1/2 years, and I got it with a couple of years already on it. The hopper holds something like 50 lbs. of pellets. The fan does make noise (no rattles or squeaks but it\'s got a blower to spread the heat, and lets you know it). Before restarting each time, I vacuum out the firebox and burn-pot, and clean the glass, which is all easy enough to do. Yearly maintenance is fairly simple. It heats well, but I expected perhaps a bit more heat out of it. Nonetheless I\'m happy with this stove, and it\'s saving me money over using only my natural gas furnace. When coming home each day, I often raise the thermostat on my gas furnace (the house is about 50 years old and fairly tight - loses heat relatively slowly - I keep the house at 50 using the gas furnace) and let the furnace heat the house while the stove starts up. Then I lower the furnace temp back down. The stove usually keeps the living area of the house comfortable through the night and while I\'m home during the day.

Dislikes: A bit noisy. That\'s about it. My guess is it\'s average in this respect.

Comments: I bought this stove fairly inexpensively, then paid for a steel chimney liner and connecting pipe, and for installation. When I bought the stove, I knew it had a bad ignitor, but I start the stove with a propane torch (takes about 40 seconds for this), so no big deal. My particular stove doesn\'t have auto start or a thermostat. One more comment - different pellet brands definitely behave differently. You will find this out as you try them. Best prices around here are at Lowes, who often has a different brand every other time I go there. Current pricing (Jan 2011) about $6/bag.

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