Review of Napoleon --- 1900 -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
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): | House Size (Sq feet): 3000
Bought in 2011 , Price Paid: 1800
Location : Philipsburg, PA 16866, USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Gary & Sons
Puts out a lot of heat.
Hard to control.
We have had this stove since last October and I find it very difficult to control. Search the forums on Hearth.com and you will find many people have the same issue with Napoleon stoves and inserts. The stove overfires very easily. Napoleon doesn't tell you in the manual that the safe limit on the firebox is 700 degrees F. This stove is constantly hitting or exceeding that temp, even using great care to keep the fire under control, and having the draft control all the way in. I contacted the dealer and they said I had too much draft and needed a barometric damper. After doing some research and bringing this suggestion up on Hearth.com, several people thought that was a bad idea. A barometric damper can really be an issue if you ever have a chimney fire, and it may also lead to a build up of creosote by cooling the chimney. I opted to install a key damper in the flue pipe to reduce the draft, but it hasn't helped at all. The real problem is the air opening controlled by the draft control on the stove is too open, even when the control lever is in the fully closed position. Some people have modified the draft control mechanism to close more fully, but this will void the manufacturer's warranty. I would not buy this stove again. It puts out a ton of heat, but burns through logs too fast and wastes fuel, and will cause premature wear on the parts.
* Dates that reviews were submitted were not recorded prior to Nov. 2004