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Review of Avalon:Travis Industries --- Arbor (A.K.A. Lopi Leyden) -- Freestanding Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - Freestanding into metal Chimney
Date Reviewed: 2009-02-05 17:17:34

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): 1385 main fl | House Size (Sq feet): 3200
Bought in 2008 , Price Paid: $2199
Location : Idaho Falls, Idaho , USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Leisure Time

Likes: Easy lighting, easy loading (front double doors + top lid), easy cleaning of ashes, good control range for air intake/ flue exaust, excellent performance (wood miser), nice big window to watch fire.

Dislikes: Still looking

Comments: We saw this stove in the showroom and loved it at first sight. We were initially skeptical about the size possibly being too small. Also, we had read the reviews on this and other sites about the Lopi Leyden (same stove) and made sure with our dealer that the earlier flue damper lever problems were cured by the factory; they redesigned it with a ratchet-type lock that works great and seems very durable. This is important because it gets used almost every time the stove gets stoked. Anyway, after using it now for 5 months with outside temps averaging about 20F and dropping as low as -(minus)20F, I\'m confident that this was the right purchase. We have no trouble keeping a toasty 75-80. Overall an excellent, efficient, and easy to use stove. Our house is a 42 ft diameter dome and the stove is in the center with 4\" outside air intake and about 18 feet of single wall flue pipe to ceiling. Stove is capable of heating a much larger area than what we have. Daily routine goes like this: Sweep ashes down through grate with dust broom. Slide ash drawer open, sweep any remaining ashes from ash-lip and front of stove into pan and simply dump in outside container. Ashpan is balanced well with folding handle and dumps well, compared to other stoves where it is a struggle not only to fill the pan through a little hole in the bottom of the firebox, but then a hassle to carry it and/or get it completely empty without making a mess; the Arbor ashpan is well designed. Clean front door glass (sometimes only every 2 or 3 days) with water dampened paper towel followed by a dry one, throw in to be burned. Wad up some newspaper, stack kindling, and light, leaving ash drawer open about an inch (this is not recommended by manuf. but works quite well to \"turbo charge\" the burn for short times). Warning: do not leave stove unattended with ash pan open! This little stove can run away very quickly if not supervised. After 5 min or so stack some bigger logs and close ash drawer, leaving air valve and flue damper wide open until chimney temp gets to 450-500. Depending on wood and amount of coals from earlier fire close air as required to target 300-400F for about 30-40 min. Stoke once more if needed, close flue damper set air intake and we don\'t have to worry about the stove for at least 8 hours on a typical winter day.

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