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Review of Lopi:Travis Industries --- Republic 1750 -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
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Blower rattles, we can't get near the 10 hour burn time
We purchased the Republic after originally choosing the Endeavor-the cost of the installation we higher than we expected (adn actually, so was the stove) so we opted to "downgrade". I really like the look of the stove, and after seeing the Endeavor a few more times, am glad we went with the Republic. The blower rattles, I think this is a common Lopi issue, as the blower on our older Heritage Bay gas stove does as well. I had hoped they had fixed that in the years since we bought that stove, but apparently not.
We haven't been able to get NEAR the 10 hour burn time, even dampered all the way down with a full load of hardwood. Granted we just bought the house so WE didn't season the wood ourselves and we can't know for certain it is, but it came from a reputable source. Max I'd say is about 5-6 hours so far, but by the end you're not really getting much heat value.
I've read a few reviews from people stating the stove was hard to get going, but we haven't really had many problems. The only issues we've had have involved damp (not wet) wood. Your best bet is to start with a few smaller pieces and some fire starters (we use Fatwood) and get it warmed up with the damper all the way out-then add some larger pieces and let them really catch before damping down at all.
We find that the overnight burns damped all the way down dirty the glass and firebricks, so we try not to do them too much-I'd rather feed more wood and get up a few more times than build creosote. A good hot burn cleans the stove up inside, havent' checked the chimney yet.
We are using the stove exclusively to heat our 680 square foot cottage/home. It can run you out of the room it's installed in if you load it up and turn on the blower, but overall it seems to be the right size, considering we haven't dropped into really cold temps yet. I imagine once we are regularly in the 20's it will be fine. I'd rather burn smaller fires for now that be cold later.
* Dates that reviews were submitted were not recorded prior to Nov. 2004