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Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by blueriver, Oct 29, 2006.

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  1. blueriver

    blueriver New Member

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    We are undecided on the cast iron vs. the steel stoves. We like the cast iron HI300 Hampton Stove but it will cost us about $700.00 more than the 1401 Napoleon steel stove. Both say they will heat our desired square footage. We want the best stove for the money, but we don't know if we will really notice a difference over the two. We would appreciate any advice to help us make our decision.

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  2. elkimmeg

    elkimmeg Guest

    The hampton is a very attractive stove. What you have to decide is the look you want for the next 15 to 20 years. IS the look worth the money? Nothing wrong with a good plate steel stove like the Napoleon The $700 choice is not a quality issue but what is pleasing to your eye and the better half. If she favors the hampton them you cheaped out with the Napolean if she favors the Napol;eon then you have to explain to her the next 15 year why it was $700 more
  3. sedanman

    sedanman New Member

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    I have a Hampton insert and am VERY pleased with the looks and performance.
  4. blueriver

    blueriver New Member

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    Thanks for the replys. After going back to fireplace shop I have changed my mind again. And
    we like the Regency I3100 insert because of the larger fire box. It looks like a well built stove
    with a good heavy door and latch.
  5. heydan

    heydan New Member

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    I chose a steel stove over cast iron because steel stoves are constructed using welding and bending, not furnace cement. Cast iron stoves are held together by furnace cement which periodically wears out and starts leaking air, requiring the stove to be rebuilt.
  6. recppd

    recppd New Member

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    Take a look at the Jotul Kennebec as well. It's cast iron and very well built. And it throws a lot of heat for its size!
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