advice for a Enerzone Solution 3.4

Filip

New Member
Aug 29, 2018
4
Erpe-Mere/Belgium
Hello everyone.
I'm new at this forum and would like some advice from people who own a Solution 3.4 woodstove because here in Belgium I don't know if anyone has heard of this brand.
Here wood stoves stop at about 10-12 Kw (35000 - 41000 BTU's) and that is not enough to heat my living room during winter. I must say it is an old insert with no secondary burning, straight up 6 meter chimney 6 inch.
I live in a single story 2000sq feet brick house build in 1974 with no insulation.
The idea is to buy a 3.4 and heat the entire house. If I open up all the doors it creates a circle to let the heat move around freely.
Now the advice I'm looking for is from people who own this wood stove, because I don't have an any other options. I can't buy a Lopi, Regency, Buck stove.
Is the 3.4 as good as the sales director says? Or is it really the uncontrollable beast that burns wood like is paper.
thanks for the real life advice.
Filip.
Erpe-Mere/ East-Flanders/ Belgium
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
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South Puget Sound, WA
The Enerzone 3.4 is a very good stove and similar to the Drolet HT-2000 inside. If the current heater is old and with no secondary combustion a great deal of heat may be going up the flue. A modern stove is going to be much more efficient (about 40% vs 75%). However, the stove will not run well if the wood is not fully seasoned. If you are burning oak, it needs to be stacked and drying for 2 yrs. before burning.

The best investment is to reduce heat loss. With no insulation up to a third of the heat generated (by any source) is being lost.
 
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Alpine1

Feeling the Heat
Apr 27, 2017
351
Eastern Alps, Italy
You can buy Regency, True North, Pacific Energy a nd Blaze King in Belgium. There’s a retailer here in Italy that sells in whole Europe and can deliver to your home. That said, I would suggest to insulate your house as best as you can afford since no wood stove (even the most powerful on the market) can keep your house warm if all the heat you’re pumping in is escaping from walls, window and door frames, roof... Insulation can be done as a DIY project, and the savings will pay for the job in just a few years. My house is 100 sq meters at 1200 meters altitude on the Alps, with average (not top quality) insulation. My BK will throw us out of the home in mid January by night if I leave it full throttle, and it is “only” around 11 KWh or so.
 

Filip

New Member
Aug 29, 2018
4
Erpe-Mere/Belgium
Thanks for the answers.
But perhaps my English is not that good. Allow me to clarify some things.
My house is old but has double glazing and is build the Belgian way in 1974, which means : outside brick 10cm/3.93 inch. Than there is a 7cm/2.7 inch air split and than you have an insulating inside brick 18cm/7 inch. I know the insulation could be better, but there are to many building errors. Insulating the air split would create mould inside the house.
I still believe that the poor heating has one major reason, the old insert, which is nothing more than an open fireplace with a window in front.
flames go right up the chimney. There is no baffle.
The wood I use is poplar no more than 18% moisture, so it is really dry wood. Poplar is not the best wood but I get it for free and oak is really expensive.
The house is 200 square meters/2152 square inch on one level.
The idea is to heat the house completely with one wood stove. Like I already said, when I open some doors I can create a circle to let the hot air go around.
Could it work or is 26 Kw/100000 Btu's overkill.
Alpine1, could you email me the website of that Italian dealer? My wife does not really like the model.
 

Alpine1

Feeling the Heat
Apr 27, 2017
351
Eastern Alps, Italy
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begreen

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I still believe that the poor heating has one major reason, the old insert, which is nothing more than an open fireplace with a window in front.
flames go right up the chimney. There is no baffle.
OK, that may be only 25% efficient and actually could be negatively efficient if it is sucking air out of the room at a high rate after the fire has cooled down. Poplar is a low BTU wood. Many people won't bother burning it or will only burn it in mild weather, so that is adding to the problem. The Enerzone is not too large based on the description of the house, the area to be heated and the wood you are burning. You don't need to fill the stove all the way if the weather is mild.

PS: Your English is fine.
 

Filip

New Member
Aug 29, 2018
4
Erpe-Mere/Belgium
Thank you begreen and Alpine1 for the advice, but thanks to Alpine1 I now have one last question.
If you could chose between an Solution 3.4 and a Pacific Energy Summit. Which one would you install?
Once again thanks.
 

Alpine1

Feeling the Heat
Apr 27, 2017
351
Eastern Alps, Italy
Sorry Filip but I know nothing about the stoves you mentioned... more knowledgeable members will chime in and give good advice.
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
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South Puget Sound, WA
Thank you begreen and Alpine1 for the advice, but thanks to Alpine1 I now have one last question.
If you could chose between an Solution 3.4 and a Pacific Energy Summit. Which one would you install?
Once again thanks.
Both are good choices. You would not go wrong with either stove. I know a bit more about the Summit and its benefits but I have never heard a complaint about the Enerzone 3.4.
 

Filip

New Member
Aug 29, 2018
4
Erpe-Mere/Belgium
@Alpine1 Thanks for pointing me in the direction of Emiliano. We have bought an Pacific Energy Summit. The man was very helpful and the delivery very fast. In less than five days the woodstove was delivered. I hope I have made the right decision.

If there are members of this forum who have a P.E. summit (B series) please let me know if there are things I need to pay attention to when installing and if you are happy with the woodstove.
Thanks.

Filip
Belgium