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Review of Harman --- TL300 -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Harman --- TL300 -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
Date Reviewed: 2011-12-20 12:09:33

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): 300 | House Size (Sq feet): 1600
Bought in 2011 , Price Paid: 2200
Location : Weatherby, MO 64497, USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Rudy Gingrich

Likes: This wood stove has a large firebox. The top loading feature is really nice and the andirons keep logs from leaning on the glass. The dampers are easy to operate. The ash pan is large enough to handle 24 hour burning and can be emptied while the stove is running. The top is large and flat enough to fit cast iron cookware. It will burn all night without refills.

Dislikes: It takes a long time to figure out how to get the afterburn to kick in. Lots of trial and error. Also, it doesn't happen if the fire doesn't get hot enough and/or burn long enough, so really the only time afterburn is usefull is if the temperature is 35 or below day and night, cold enough to run the stove continuously. That is about the middle of Dec to the middle of Feb for me. Otherwise, trying to get it into afterburn sends the temperature in the house soaring into the eighties (too hot for me).
The guy who sold it to us was knowledgable about stoves in general, and knew a lot about available features, but very little on how to run it best. The manufacturers manual was no help whatsoever in that area also, and it bothers me that if you try to contact them, they don't have anything to say. The stove is wonderful, but good luck trying to get help using it. Once you figure it out, though, you're hooked. The forums on this website helped me a lot, learning how to tell when it is in afterburn.

Comments: My stove is in an open area and warms the living room (where it sits) and the dining room and kitchen (which are basically in the same large room). The bedrooms are cooler, but are easily heated with the doors left open. There is one room at the end of the house that is noticably colder than the rest. I don't have any problems keeping the house warm enough. It is a manufactured house, poorly insulated, with the cold north wind blowing under it and drafty windows. As a woman, I don't have any problems using the stove except maybe lifting bigger logs, which fit easily. My wood is very dry hardwood mix. I have a thermometer on the stovetop, and sometimes plan meals around the temperature there, when the fire is dying down. So far, when the temperature has been above 58 during the day, I don't have to use the stove. If the daytime temp is 45 or below, I'll have a fire in the morning, but let it die away and not put logs on the coals to kick in the afterburn. (That is the best way I have found to kick it in, burn one load down to chunky coals, stovetop temp still above 300, then put 2-3 logs on top, let them flare to 500 stovetop temp, then close the bypass damper). Then I'll do another load at night, this time seeing if I can get it to afterburn, by burning one around seven, and putting more logs on at nine or ten. The few days the daytime temp was below twenty four, I burned a load in the morning, added logs in the early afternoon to kick in the afterburn, let it sit until nine at night, added more logs and sent it right back into afterburn. The house was 68 degrees at 8 in the morning (eleven hours later) working with that system, and was about 78 in the late afternoon. I love this stove, it meets every requirement we had: no night time feedings, able to handle bigger logs as long as they are dry, easy top loading, able to cook on it, outside air kit available (my husband has asthma, no problems with this stove going), and easy ash disposal. We would have loved a soapstone stove, but for our price range, we definately got the best one.

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