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Review of --- z 42 -- Fireplace burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into masonry chimney
Date Reviewed: 2017-05-19 15:58:00

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): | House Size (Sq feet): 2200
Bought in 2014 , Price Paid:
Location : Great Falls, Montana 59405, USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store -

Likes: Puts out lots of heat. Easy to use. Nice looking.

Dislikes: Fan is noisy at top speed but you get used to it.

Comments: I use this stove to heat a Mountain cabin that has 1440 feet on the main floor and an open loft of 750 square feet with an inside ceiling height of 23 feet. So it is heating a very large open area. There are reversible ceiling fans in the loft and over the Great Room. This is a weekend cabin and while we are gone the cabin is heated with propane. We adjust the thermostat remotely via Wi-Fi before we arrive at the cabin so that when we get there the temperature is usually about 68 degrees. We then turn the thermostat off and heat the cabin with the Z 42 which we start shortly after we arrive. We also turn on the Great Room fan to push the warm air down into the lower floor. We follow this pattern even when it is below zero. The Z 42 easily heats the entire cabin well enough that we never use the propane while we are there. The Great Room ceiling fan makes a dramatic difference in how quickly the entire cabin is being heated with the Z 42 and we never use the ceiling fan in the loft. Even with the use of the Great Room fan the loft is several degrees warmer than the main floor.

We mostly burn fir and pine because that is what is readily available in our area. I can not get a 6-8 hour burn with fir or pine. I have discovered that Ash, however, will burn through the night usually quite well. I obtain the Ash from my place in town and haul it to the Mountains and save the Ash for overnight burns. Using Ash I can ordinarily load the stove at midnight and make it until 7 or 8 in the morning and have enough coals left to easily restart a strong fire.

My Z 42 is built into and surrounded by cultured stone @ 2 feet on each side and @ 20 feet up into the ceiling. It is the single door model which we preferred over the dual door model. We have a half log mantel over the Z 42 and a hearth that sits about @ 20" from the ground.

Air for the Z 42 is drawn in through a vent on the outside of the house so you are not using air from inside the house. The air is heated as it passes over the back and top of the Z 42 and is pushed out on the top of the stove. This model has the ability to duct vent the heat to other rooms but we did not use this feature. We bought the optional fans (2) which look to be easily accessed and installed at the bottom of the Z 42. We almost always use the fans which are very efficient. The one drawback is that when turn the fans to high the fans are pretty noisy. At low speeds the fans are quiet. We have discovered that turning off the optional fans is a great way to reduce the heat inside the cabin. However, the Z 42 without the fans will heat the cabin but it takes much longer.

We wanted the fireplace look to our cabin and are very pleased with both the look and heat we get from our Z 42.

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