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Review of HS Tarm|Baxi --- Solo Plus 60 MKII -- other burning Wood only

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Review of HS Tarm|Baxi --- Solo Plus 60 MKII -- other burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
Date Reviewed: 2013-02-25 03:00:41

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): | House Size (Sq feet): 3,000
Bought in 2009 , Price Paid: $3,000
Location : North New Portland, MAINE 04961, United States
Purchased from: - Previous owner in VT- Used

Caluwe Hydronic Wood and Pellet stoves
Likes: With 3,000 gallons of water storage, I fire the unit up every other day even in -20F weather. I cut and split wood in fall and use the same wood that winter - no storage for one or two seasons. Three story house with 38 foot ss flue. Chimney sweep after two winters only cleaned out 3 cups of fine ash for an extremely clean burn. Thermometer in flue normally reads 350F to 450F in operation. Temp in ceramic tunnel has to be over 2,000F. Love the efficiency. Year of manufacture was 2000. I have in the floor radiant heat and use the pit down to 95F. Pit lined with cheap painter plastic drop cloth so I only heat the pit to 140 - 150 F. No problems with this pit liner in almost three full heating seasons. Wood consumed per winter on a 3,000 sqft home averages 3 cords for last two Maine winters - approaching the end of third winter now.

Dislikes: Fire tubes are 80 mm and not 3" as advertised. 3" brush will not clean tubes. Mixing valve on water inlet (per owners manual) requires a valve on the hot water inlet to be mostly closed for proper temperature of inlet water to boiler. Safety equipment on boiler shuts unit down at 195F. This it too low for me when making dhw. There should be an adjustment to allow the unit to operate at 220F rather than me disabling the safety equipment. For pressure water storage, 195F max temps, for me, would be way too low. This unit is built/designed to operate at temps much higher than 195F but controls won't let it operate that high.

Comments: My 3,000 gallon storage pit is in the basement below the concrete floor with an open top. I put 80 pounds of paraffin (melts at 140F) in the pit to seal the water from the house environment. It works like a charm. Of course, I have a raised removable plywood floor over the pit so I don't loose that floor space. I have two chess freezers there as cannot have them on a radiant heated floor. I split wood thin and find it drys in my basement to under 10% in two months. (Yes 3 cords is stored in my basement.) I burn mostly White Pine and Cherry with very small amount of Maple and Ash.

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