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Review of Pacific Energy --- Alderlea T5 Insert -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only

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Review of Pacific Energy --- Alderlea T5 Insert -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into existing Fireplace
Date Reviewed: 2013-01-03 20:05:22

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): 200 | House Size (Sq feet): 1850
Bought in 2011 , Price Paid: 3000
Location : windham, NH 03087, USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Complete Heat Nashua

Likes: Easy to use, long burn time, good heat output, glass stays clean, looks good, straight-in loading of 18 inch logs

Dislikes: Minor gripe, air control lever seems a little on the flimsy side for such a well-built stove, but has not been a problem.

Comments: This stove is the same as the Super insert with a cast-iron front for looks. The super is a great stove and this is no different. Overnight burns no problem with seasoned oak. Capable of heating 1500 sq. ft. of the house (not including sun-room addition on back) by itself until the temperatures drop down near 0 F, then the furnace has to help in the morning after about 6-7 hours of burn time. Still, I'm only using about 1/3 as much heating oil as I used to. House is 40 years old, not drafty, but not tightly sealed new home either. Would have liked the T6 sized firebox for the really cold nights, but this is as big as I could get in an insert. I think the Jotul rockland advertises a slightly larger firebox, but it has an odd trapezoidal shape that would be almost impossible to load fully. The straight-in loading ends up being a huge asset in terms of safety and ease of use. Burned 4 cord last winter and about 1.5 so far this year and not a single problem yet. Couldn't be happier with this stove, my house is warmer and it will pay for itself within 2 years, since I tend to get a couple free cord of wood each year from neighbors and friends.

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