Review of Lopi:Travis Industries --- Elite 44 -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Other (explain in the comments section)
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 2013 , Price Paid: 5,600
Location : Minocqua, WI 54548, USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Hearth Xpressions
We love the look of it, we love the size of the windows/doors, and we are exited to get it up and running.
Travis the company that makes it, doesn't seem to know how to install it. How dealer/installer started out with providing us with much info, but when he did the install, he butchered up our chase, and than claimed he is only a tech installer and not a builder. My reply was "then why do you have a sawzall in your hands?"
We have not fired it up yet. I have read many reviews and would like to share what we have learned so far that Travis Ind. doesn't seem to know.
First, you must insulate, vapor barrier, and drywall the chase up to the first 8 feet.
Second, get that damn fan inside your house. It doesn't need to be just in the basement or attic. It can also be in your floor joist if need be, as long as it can get air. The air from the outside is to cold and is turning your fan off and on, or keeping it from running on high.
Third, the 2 vents on top drawling air need to be where they are exposed to the least amount of wind. You also need to make the pee-trap as big as you can inside the chase. Yes it will look a little stupid, but it will really help with the cold air coming inside through the vents. Also, if you are not going to be using the fireplace for a while, you should plug up the vents on the outside.
I am planning on running mine 24/7 up in Northern Wisconsin. The one thing everybody also seem to be saying, is that the Elite 44 is made to run. It does not like being run once a day or week. We have our chase fully insulated, vapor barrier, and drywall and taped. Our fan was on the outside, but with a bad install came good info. We are moving the fan into our floor joist and making a hole in the basement for it to draw air from. There is a The heater duct is in the way of putting the fan into the basement. We've learned that it really must be kept inside the house (the basement or the attic, but not outside). Also, critical to insulate the entire chimney chase. Even with all the trouble we are having just with getting it installed the way we want it, we are still very excited to fire it up.
This is my first rating, so please let me know if you have anything to add or comment on.
* Dates that reviews were submitted were not recorded prior to Nov. 2004