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Review of QuadraFire --- 5700 Step Top -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
Date Reviewed: 2010-03-25 00:19:54

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): 300 | House Size (Sq feet): 3,200
Bought in 2009 , Price Paid: $2,800
Location : Urbana, Ohio , USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Dr. Lee\'s Stove Shop

Likes: *Easy to start from embers because rear supplemental air feed turbocharges the early burn
*Safer and easier to load due to deep firebox with 22-24 inches of loading depth
*Has classic styling (I opted for leg kit) even though it\'s steel and not cast iron
*Ash lip comes standard
*Front glass stays very clean
*No annoying catalyst. This uses a secondary burn chamber
*Optional blower is for comfort only and not for safety, like the old stoves that could overheat without a functioning blower. This stove is safe in a power outage because of that.
*Door closes tight in a locking fashion. Very secure.

Dislikes: *This is not really a con, just a warning. The first time you burn the stove, be sure it\'s a mild evening because we had to open every window and door in the house when the paint cured on the first burn. Our smoke detectors are very sensitive, so that\'s the trigger. After this, it\'s great.

Comments: I spent a solid month in early 2010 (not 2009, as default setting indicates) researching replacement stoves for my old dinosaur Country Flame from 1989 and narrowed it down to this one and the Pacific Energy Summit. I bought this one because of the larger firebox capacity and the outstanding explanation of outside temperature zones and square footage. This was the largest stove I could find to heat about 2,500 square feet in Ohio (some of the rooms are closed off for storage and not heated except by residual/passive in the upstairs). I have a central propane furnace backup and when temp is below 0 with severe wind, the propane does occasionally come on. Stove sits on first floor of house, which has a 25-foot ski-lodge style vault and open floor plan, so heat disperses very well.
I strongly recommend finding a reputable wood dealer and be sure to burn well-seasoned wood (cracked on the ends of the logs indicates dryness).
Ken Slaven at Dr. Lee\'s Stove Shop in DeGraff was outstanding to work with. Thanks Ken.

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