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Review of Pacific Energy --- Summit insert- Series C -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into existing Fireplace
Date Reviewed: 2019-11-16 09:27:02

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): 800 | House Size (Sq feet): 2100
Bought in 2015 , Price Paid: $2795
Location : Cincinnati, OH 45252, US of A
Purchased from: - Vonderhaar Fireplace and Stove

Likes: Very efficient with dry wood and proper burning techniques particular to this stove. Air intake controls are easy to use although I did modify the intake damper to allow complete shut off of air intake.

Dislikes: When stove temperature changes and metal expands and contracts, fan blower panels can rattle or vibrate with blower motors running on high.

Comments: I had to learn how to hot start the stove with a new charge of wood by pulling hot coals to front so as to promote burning from front to back . This prevents the new charge of wood from igniting all at once producing a more moderate, longer and controlled burn.
I modified the air intake lever (shutter assembly) on the stove front below the ash lip. With an oscillating tool I notched into the angled air control lever arm stop to allow complete closing of air intake port. I found the factory stopping point set up allowed too much make up air to come in causing hotter than desired and less controllable burns.
To address the front left and right panels covering both blower motors vibrating, I adjusted the ash lip so that the panels did not rest on lip. This helped but there was still vibration so I purchased an 8 pack of round ceramic disk magnets 3/4" in diameter and placed them (1) on ash lip against the bottom of the panel cover and the other (2) along the fireplace opening surround against the vertical edge of the panel cover about 2" from top and bottom. I did this for both sides and it has greatly reduced the vibration issue. Also you do need to learn the tricks to assisting baffle removal to do proper flue pipe cleaning so as not to get creosote residue into secondary air intake tube at the center rear of stove.

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