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Review of Lopi:Travis Industries --- revere -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into existing Fireplace
Date Reviewed: 2010-11-22 10:06:15

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): 480 | House Size (Sq feet): 2300
Bought in 2007 , Price Paid: 1600
Location : Timber Lake, SD 57656, Dewe
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Spearfish stoves and more

Likes: Stove is attractive, self installation was an acceptable amount of work. The glass door is definite plus. Blower has variable speeds. The stove will heat just about all of our house with ceiling fans until the temperature gets about a -30 with 40 mph winds. Then the furnace will turn on. The wind is the biggest factor.

Dislikes: It may not have an ash cleaning box. but this is engineered out to allow for complete burn control in fire box. Not a real problem to clean or con. Will not be efficient without the blower that can be a bit loud when on high. You get used to the sound. I usually have to get up once at night to throw in a couple of pieces of wood. Cannot get the wife to do this, any suggestions?

Comments: We are in our third year of use in the cold and long western South Dakota ranch winters. The kind you read about in books but never wish to experince. Thus our stove gets continual use. Inserted a stainless steel flex chimney rather than use existing tile chimney. Purchased this online as was much cheaper than dealer and only one piece. With a bit of trial and error of dampers, it is easy to learn to regulate heat output and burn time. We bought our stove insert used, only one year, through the dealer at a significant savings of 50% and could not tell the difference between a new one and our stove after cleaning and painting.
WOOD SIZE: One important learning curve. You can insert 18\"-20\" wood pieces into the stove, but by accident I placed some half-size pieces in to burn. Now I re-cut all mine to half size and can actually get longer burn times and use less wood for the same time period. The ashes are finer, burns all the wood at the same rate and cardiovascular exercise, again. I would recommend anyone to try this idea of half lengths as oppose to the usual stove length we were all taught to cut. I am a stickler about what I burn and it is mostly ash an the occasional oak tree. We have mostly ash in the creek bottoms. I will not burn pine due to the presence of large amount so resin and thus creosote build up in the chimney. Oh, I have only cleaned my chimney once in three years and then it really did not need the cleaning. The stove insert is very efficient once the learning curve is met. I think the damper regulation is based upon local geography, wind, outside temperature, burning wood and other possibilities. Honest burn time is 6+ hours if stoked tight with small pieces and the correct type of wood. Obviously pine burns very fast and hardwoods slower. Oh, wood must be at least one year split and dry or there is a poor burn and chimney soot build up. Blogs are great, but it will take some time to become efficient. Buy it and use it and enjoy it.

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