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Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by shiloh, Sep 10, 2006.

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  1. shiloh

    shiloh New Member

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    My first time on this forum, it's a wonderful resource. My problem is our good old kodiak that has heated our house fine since we moved in 7 years ago has cracked and we want to replace it. We thought the Hampton Wood insert H1300 would be a good choice. Our house is a capecod, about 1700 sq ft. Does anyone want to give us an opinion on this model or give us a suggestion on another type of insert? We are relative new to wood heat. My Dad used coal and my husband's from the Jersey suburbs and is new to pulling your heat out of the woods with a draft horse. But he is a good learner and has cut on split all our wood for 5 years now, but we have no clue as what stove is better for our house. We need a local dealer, we live in Berks county PA.

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  2. My_3_Girls

    My_3_Girls Member

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    Hiya,

    I'll take this one. As a newer member, but old guest member, I don't know if the regulars missed this question, or are sick of answering the same question. "What's the best insert/stove/furnace/doghouse/car/... for me?" Search the review section, see what else is comparable in BTU's, clearances, looks, warranty, history, dealer network, and the like. I chose my Kennebec on a few of the above, but one of the bigger factors was appearance or styling. Sounds goofy, but if everything else was comparable, the looks took over. It's going to be in my livingroom for a loooooonggg time, and I want to be happy with the looks just as much as the heat output. On the other hand, if it's going in an unfinished basement for a pure fire breating, heat belching machine, get a steel box that will take 24" wood and wear shorts in January at the woodpile.

    Welcome to the gang.
  3. burntime

    burntime New Member

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    I can let you know in a few weeks. My Hampton is being finished today. We are still due for 80's this weekend so it will be a good month before there is a glow in that thing.
  4. elkimmeg

    elkimmeg Guest

    I have inspected the Hanptons and my view is they are very nice stoves O I have not heard anything but praises how well they look and preform
  5. jstallone

    jstallone New Member

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    Hello-
    I’m new to this site but have been reading posts recently and have found them real informative. I am in the process of purchasing a wood insert and have been somewhat discouraged by the esthetics of them. The only one that truly appeals to my wife and me is the Jotul Kennebec and then the Quadra-Fire 4100 a somewhat close second. The problem- my house is approx. 3000 sq. ft and the Jotul probably can’t handle that from my reading. I live in a colonial style house with upper and lower zones and keep trying to convince myself that it might be good enough however, I’m looking to cut my oil consumption IN HALF!!! The fireplace is in my den on a slab with a masonry chimney but fairly centrally located.

    My question is am I fooling myself and should I just get the Quad. or is it possible the Jotul could fit the bill??? I mean it’s hard to imagine with only 1.6 cu ft. firebox in the Jotul that it can burn 8 hrs. and also decrease my fuel bills 50%

    Thanks- Jim
  6. MountainStoveGuy

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    Jimmy, i dont think either will fit the bill. thats alot to ask of a single wood appliance. Zone heaters are just that, zone heaters. If they help with the entire house thats a bonus. Unless your house has three 1000 square foot floors that are very open to each other, you will find it hard to heat that kind of space. The 4300 is not that much bigger then the kennebec, and if i remeber right there withun 15000 btu's of each other.
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