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Review of QuadraFire --- 3100i - Insert -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into existing Fireplace
Date Reviewed: 2006-09-09 22:33:14

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): 2200
Bought in 2004 , Price Paid: 1300
Location : Hayden, ID 83835, USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Andy's Heat & Cooling

Likes: Good burn time, good control over fire heat doesn't really need a blower, relatively easy to install. Good seal on door.

The stove is very easy to load, but I recommend cutting your wood to 15 or 16 inch lengths for easier loading. This way slightly longer pieces won't be difficult to load. I typically get 8-10 hour burn times on a full firebox of seasoned Red Fir.

The gaskets have held up for 3 seasons so far and I haven't needed to replace them. I will need to replace a few of the floor bricks after this burn season but they can be had from a local masonry shop for about 2 bucks each and I only need 6.

Dislikes: Glass doesn't stay clean no matter what I do. The stove inlet is too far forward for some types of fireplaces (like mine) for easy hookup. If you have a factory built (metal framed in) fireplace I woud recommend the Bodega Bay instead. It has almost identical specs but a better pipe hookup location.

Comments: The stove overall was a snap to get installed. The biggest problem was hooking up the pipe. I thought I would need the blower and per dealer recommendation I waited. I was glad I did, the blower wasn't really needed and it heats almost my whole house with no problems.

I bought a stainless liner to go with the stove and it was well worth the money. The stove drafts like a dream and only has problems when the rain cap clogs. I plan on cutting some of the wire away on the cap this year to prevent that.

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