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Review of Hampton --- HI300 -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Hampton --- HI300 -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into existing Fireplace
Date Reviewed: 2012-04-28 01:56:41

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): 3700
Bought in 2009 , Price Paid:
Location : Forest Grove, OR 97116,
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store -

Likes: Love the unit. I burn in the evenings and overnight. With some practice I have achieved 10 hr burns, and 8 hr burns are pretty easy. I mean that the stove is still warm, the blower is still on, and the fire starts back up easily with the addition of a few splits. The fire is easy to control with the single air control rod. Blower is quiet on low, which is where I run it. Unit seems generally well-built. The brown enamel finish is attractive. Glass is easy to keep clean except for a small area in the corner -doesn't bother me. Secondary burn is easy to achieve with dry wood.

Dislikes: I think the enamel finish looks great, but decreases the thermal conduction of the top plate. The top surface routinely gets up to 300F+, but I can't get water to boil in a teapot to generate some humidity. Water in a flat pan evaporates pretty quick, so that works, but I just thought a teapot for humidity would be nice.

Comments: I love the Hampton, but if I had to do it again, I think I would go with an even bigger unit to get up to the 14 hr burn time range. Also, I would have insisted on a block off plate if had known any better. All in all I am very happy with the purchase.

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