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Review of Avalon:Travis Industries --- Olympic (largest size) -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into existing Fireplace
Date Reviewed: prior to Nov. 2004*)

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): 4500
Bought in 2001 , Price Paid: 1900
Location : Peoria, IL 61601, USA
Purchased from: HVAC Contractor - Nordine's-Bloomington, IL

Likes: produces little smoke, uses wood efficiently, wood burns completely overnite, viewing glass stays fairly clean--side edges seem to accumulate stuff, fire bricks cut easily with a small bow saw.

Dislikes: Top fire brick baffle - sliding damper assembly - and angle iron assembly requires patience to reassemble - it arrived with substantial shifting and fire brick breakage. Can't figure how to use the thermostat control disc effectively with a front mount blower assembly, blower assembly electrical cord kind of short but can be rewired to work on either side and the variable speed control gives a wide range of airflows.

Comments: Travis industries should look at a large bubble pack inserted into the stove to stablize the top damper and baffle assemblies. Also, inclusion of addition fire bricks in a bubble type packing system would save a week of waiting to receive replacement fire bricks, some of which were also broken in transit.

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