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Review of QuadraFire --- 1200 -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood Pellets

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Review of QuadraFire --- 1200 -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood Pellets
Installation Type: Select Installation Type
Date Reviewed: prior to Nov. 2004*)

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): 560 | House Size (Sq feet): 2400
Bought in 2001 , Price Paid: $3200.00 CDN
Location : Ottawa, , Canada
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Country Flame

Likes: Outstanding quality and fantastic heat. Very easy to use, install and to clean. Good instructional video demonstates cleaning, maintaince and installation. Manufacturer includes touchup paint and a spare igniter (haven't needed so far) with the stove. Contains numerous saftey snap discs, so no worry about leaving the stove unattended. Sides and top remained cool to the touch with only the front glass being warm. Very large top opening for refilling pellets. (Don't refill while stove is running! The glass is at knee level and will burn - Did I pay attention to the manual??? nope - burnt my knee! Won't do that again!)

Dislikes: The highest blower setting is a bit to noisey, even for a large rec room. However, found the room heated more evenly on a lower blower setting anyway.

Manufacturer claims stove will hold 80lbs, I've never been able to get more then a bag and a half into the hopper. I think a more realistic number is 60-70lbs.

There is clinker buildup with softwood pellets.

Comments: Through trial and error, discovered this stove likes hardwood pellets (no clinkers). Softwood burns ok but the clinker buildup is excessive. I burnt 1.5 tons of hardwood pellets and had no clinkers over a 4 month period.

During the 2001/2002 winter, (remember this is Canada) I managed to heat my entire house (2400 sqft) with 3 tons of pellets, basically "a bag a day". With a few fans stratigicly placed, the basement maintained a balmy 75F with the upstairs a comfortable 70F all winter. It was very nice not having to turn on the propane furnace for an entire winter!

This stove is the way to go. I normally cleaned the stove once a week - empty the ash bucket, clean the glass, and use a paint brush to sweep back the ash buildup around the firepot. The cleaning takes a maximum of 15 minutes per week.

My stove is now 1 year old and has burnt 3 tons of pellets and still looks like new. I did find a bit of rust buildup inside the stove from sitting in the humidity during the summer but it cleaned up nicely. Think I'll apply a thin coating of oil next summer when shutting it down for the season.

Highly recommended, excellent overall package - it'll keep ya warm eh!

Scott

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