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Review of Pacific Energy --- Vista Classic -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
Date Reviewed: 2009-09-28 00:19:50

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): 400 | House Size (Sq feet): 850
Bought in 2008 , Price Paid: $1500.00
Location : Decatur, AL 35601, USA
Purchased from: Mail Order/Internet Retailer - The Chimney Sweep

Likes: A very nice looking stove with close clearances and a choice of several colors. The porcelain finish is very nice and easy to clean with a damp cloth when the stove is cool. Hearth requirements are also minimal and only requires a noncombustible surface on which to sit. The glass almost never needs cleaning and usually stays very clear. It also has the option of using an Outside Air Kit (OAK).

Dislikes: A little on the pricey side. The firebox is also on the small side, but is is a small stove, so no surprise there. The manual claims that it can accept 18 inch logs, but that is not practical since the door opening is only about 14 inches wide. The spec sheet claims the stove can heat up to 1400 square feet. However, this may be pushing it for a home in a more northern climate than mine.

The ash removal system is useless in my opinion. The ash must be raked into a small ash chute where it falls into a removable pan. If the ash chute is not properly closed, it may cause excess air to enter to the firebox when burning, which may risk overfiring the stove. I have found it is easier to shovel out the ash into a bucket. I would prefer the stove did not have this feature at all.

Comments: I did a lot of research before I bought this stove and don\'t regret my purchase one bit. I have only used it for one winter, but it functioned flawlessly.

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