Review of Drolet --- Escape 1400-I -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into existing Fireplace
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): 250 | House Size (Sq feet): 1550
Bought in 2010 , Price Paid: $1,060
Location : Bedford, tx 76021, usa
Purchased from: Home Center/Hardware - Northern Tool
Good value and solid construction for the money. Fire lights easily. Adjustible automatic fan is a plus - you can turn it down (or off) if you're sitting in the room and don't want to get heat blasted. Glass stays clean unless in direct contact with a log, and even then the marks are easy to clean. Fits 19"-20" logs. Our winter lows are typically in the 30s and I rarely need to use the electric furnace.
Fan housing rattles - I had to stick a shim under the blower housing to control. This could be an installation issue; the fan itself is quiet. The bolts that serve as the door hinge would push up and fall out with repeated use, causing the door to come unhinged. I contacted the manufacturer and they promptly sent me a pair of lock washers which solved this problem.
I recommend this stove if you live in a climate where the winters aren't too cold and you want to shorten the payback period on your investment. I shopped around quite a bit and couldn't find a better value. The firebox is probably a bit small if you live in a colder climate and want to use your insert as the primary heat source. Stove lights easily - I'm halfway through our second heating season with this stove and it continues to burn cleanly. I did invest in re-lining my masonry chimney to ensure good air flow. Also ask your installer to rattle-proof the blower housing.
* Dates that reviews were submitted were not recorded prior to Nov. 2004