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Review of HearthStone --- Clydesdale 8491 -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only

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Review of HearthStone --- Clydesdale 8491 -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into masonry chimney
Date Reviewed: 2012-02-22 10:14:24

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): 1200 | House Size (Sq feet): 3900
Bought in 2010 , Price Paid: $2995
Location : , PA ,
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Comfort Home and Hearth

Likes: Long burn times. I've gotten close to 12 hours with dry Oak and Black Locust. Average burn time is about 8 hours with mixed hardwoods. Softwood will get you 4-6 hours.

Dislikes: Door handle broke after 1 year (fixed by warranty at no charge). I also had the blower fan metal housing rattle issue and had the dealer install the silicon shim. This did not fix it so I moved the shim myself beneath the metal housing shimming it against my hearth pad and solved the rattling sound.

Comments: I rated this generally happy and not very satisfied because of the cons I listed above. I'm not confident the handle fix will hold up over the long run. However, this is the best looking insert unit in my opinion (and my wife's) and is why we chose it. We have it in our great room in a centrally located fireplace and masonry chimney. The unit puts out a lot of heat which we circulate with 2 60" ceiling fans mounted at the peak of our 22' ceiling. The fans do a good job of dispersing the heat and because of our open floor plan and 2 bedrooms / 1 bath upstairs, we are heating close to 2,000 sq ft which is the top end of its rating. We also have a propane fired forced hot air central air system with a variable speed fan. We keep the fan on all the time to help with heat circulation. While the furnace does kick on, it is only a few times a day mainly in the early morning before I can get up to start the first fire of the day. We used to burn 750-1000 gallons of propane per year depending on severity of the winter and in 2011 we only burned 350 (we use propane to heat hot water and for our cooking range). Our house is ICF construction for both our basement and 1st floor. The second floor is insulated with Icynene. Having a well insulated house helps with keeping the heat generated by this unit from escaping and makes me look forward to the cold days/nights of winter although they are few and far between this winter. Good Luck!

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