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Avalon Pendleton
Review and ratings contributed by Ren Ching on Jan 20, 2018

I don't hae much to compare too since this is the only wood burning appliance I've lived with long term. That said, it has provided excellent heat to my small drafty 100+ year old brick row house in Washington DC. it definitely works best with dense, seasoned wood like oak, cherry, etc. It has ...

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Quadra-Fire Mt Vernon AE
Review and ratings contributed by Lab Lover on Jan 10, 2018

Bought this AE in early 2017. Full use started in November, 8 months later. "Dealer" is a one-man shop; service response from him is HORRIBLE. Worse. Called Quadra Fire direct and complained about their dealer's lack of service, stove quit working completely after thermostat started ...

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Napoleon Franco Belge Normandie
Review and ratings contributed by Joe K. on Jan 08, 2018

Please provide replacement parts website for this stove!

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Lopi Republic 1250
Review and ratings contributed by Jeff on Jan 08, 2018

I purchased this stove maybe 10 years ago . It heats my 1000 squares easily. Now retired I use it 24 hrs a day I love it , no matter how cold it gets I am always comfortable

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Harman XXV
Review and ratings contributed by Cold in Vermont on Jan 07, 2018

I have had this stove for 5 years and it's BTU output has never come close to advertised. My much cheaper Enviro rated at 35,000 btu's blows this Harman away. Very Expensive Pretty looking stove - but very inefficient (much of the heat goes out the chimney); not functional, very small ash pan which ...

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Dutchwest Cast Iron Large 2461
Review and ratings contributed by kavin on Jan 07, 2018

I bought this stove used about 10 years ago.The stove was stored in the persons garage and was all rust.I tore stove apart and cleaned and wire brushed the entire stove.painted and stove polished and did first burn outside on deck.i left the interior damper wide open and installed one in the ...

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Quadra-Fire Castile
Review and ratings contributed by David Gunderman on Dec 30, 2017

I bought one of these stoves this is the biggest pieces of junk I ever owned I had it about 10 years I've yet to get to run a whole season Don't buy this Junk you will hate your self There a money Pit

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Quadra-Fire Castile
Review and ratings contributed by Mary on Dec 29, 2017

I have had this stove about ten years. I have always found it difficult to clean, and finicky to operate. I just had it professionally cleaned (and serviced) two days ago, for $200. The result? I am listening to whistling noise from the fan. On top of that, on higher settings the flame has been too ...

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Quadra-Fire Mt Vernon AE
Review and ratings contributed by Bill Bankard on Dec 27, 2017

I bought our Mt Vernon stove Feb of 2003 and have burned pellets mixed with pea coal every year in Maryland. The heat pump is the backup to the pellet stove. I have had to replace the following : Control board (upgraded), Combustion and Blower motor bearings (upgraded to better bearings) , Door ...

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Harman XXV
Review and ratings contributed by Brian R on Dec 27, 2017

Hi There, I have had this stove going on 6 years now, I live in NH and burn about 4 to 5 tons a season. I see a lot of comments on here about the squealing noise. This is how you need to fix that noise, take the 2 back covers off with the stove off and unplugged. Locate the auger and the motor on ...

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Pacific Energy Alderlea T4 Classic
Review and ratings contributed by Roger on Dec 23, 2017

This is the second winter I have used this stove. I really like the looks. However, there are several problems. Fist the cook surface is very small. Not many pans will fit. It is hard to keep it from smoking. Every time you open the door, you will get smoke. The book say that you have to let ...

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Enviro Empress
Review and ratings contributed by Dan on Dec 21, 2017

DO NOT BUY. This pellet stove is a piece of crap. WAY to expensive.!st year it worked okay, 2nd year had to clean it out which is a major pain in the butt,have to pull it out from the wall (it's heavy). Did not work the second time I tried to use it. Had to call a service man to fix it. Now it's ...

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Avalon Arbor
Review and ratings contributed by T1954ying@aol.com on Dec 14, 2017

I purchased this stove Oct 2008. I burn two tons of pellets, 100 - 40 lb bags a year every year since purchased. Some pellets have too much ash but I have found one I like and I special order them every year before the heating season. I typically clean the firebox every 10 bags. As the stove clogs ...

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Quadra-Fire Classic Bay 1200
Review and ratings contributed by cynthia coash on Dec 11, 2017

I bought this three years ago. The first one wouldn't run past 1 day so after contacting owner of business they brought me another one. !0 days after warranty ran out on exhaust fan the bearing went out they wanted 500.00 to fix it and it would take a month before they could come. Then 20 days ...

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Jotul F 400 Castine
Review and ratings contributed by Mike S on Dec 10, 2017

The reviews on this stove baffle me because the majority of complaints seem to relate directly to poor drafting as opposed to poor stove performance. This is my 14th year with this stove and I put 3-4 cords per winter through it without a single problem. It is incredibly efficient - I start each ...

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Hearthstone Bennington
Review and ratings contributed by Hearthstone on Dec 07, 2017

I have had this stove foe 10 years. The only problem is that the side loading door is hard to latch. I simply load it from the front. I like this stove very much. It pretty much heats my 2200 square foot home. I have seen good reviews and bad reviews but for myself it is wonderful. I grew up using ...

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Avalon Pendleton
Review and ratings contributed by KBS on Dec 06, 2017

Blower just stopped working 3 years of light use after purchase and installation. Much less room heat. Suggestions on a good heat activated fan that is effective when placed on hearth in front of the fireplace insert will be greatly appreciated.

Replacement blower is too expensive.

Thank you

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Quadra-Fire Castile
Review and ratings contributed by Rayod on Nov 29, 2017

Really REALLY noisy. Runs only at full high speed, heats to about ten degrees above setting, then shuts down, leaving cold pocket for hours. Stupid, stupid, stupid. Should cycle into lower setting, keep warm, allow for comfort. Less comfortable, rather than more. Wish we jad never installed.

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Kuma Oil Classic
Review and ratings contributed by johny5niner on Nov 28, 2017

Kuma makes excellent products and their oil stove is no exception! It heats efficiently and is pleasing to look at. I highly recommend that you check out their offerings here: https://www.kumastoves.com/

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Harman Accentra
Review and ratings contributed by Bill on Nov 26, 2017

This is our 4th season with this insert. It works great and haven't had any issues with it. We have a 1800 sq ft 2 story Cape. It keeps the whole house between 68 and 70 degrees . It burns 1 bag a day average . We use about 3 tons a year. I scrap the burn pot everyday and clean the stove after ...

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Jotul F 400 Castine
Review and ratings contributed by Kevin on Nov 26, 2017

I do not write reviews normally, however I feel that there is no way all of these positive reviews are legitimate. I have used a few wood stoves for approximately 30 years and never had any problems since purchasing the Jotul F400. I sincerely wish we had kept out previous Upland stove but my wife ...

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Breckwell Classic Cast
Review and ratings contributed by tom on Nov 22, 2017

I have had my breckwell p4000 since 2008, and the only thing I have ever replaced is the brick panel set. It gives me plenty of heat and I am glad I invested in it.

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Breckwell Classic Cast
Review and ratings contributed by tom redding on Nov 22, 2017

I have had my breckwell p4000 since 2008, and the only thing I have ever replaced is the brick panel set. It give me plenty of head and 5 am glad I invested in it.

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Quadra-Fire Sante Fe
Review and ratings contributed by Johnson on Nov 10, 2017

Had the stove for three years. Each year something has gone wrong with it at least once. I change the brakes on my car and maintain my boat, so I am reasonably competent, but this stove is a continuing source of frustration. The auger motor is the most common problem, it stops until I remove it, ...

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Drolet Classic Model DB03080
Review and ratings contributed by Norman on Nov 10, 2017

I researched the best wood stove to buy for a year. Every time I keep coming back to this stove. I am so glad I did. This stove is a work horse. I have not had any smoke or fumes in the house, I just open the vent wide open and crack the door and no problem. I put the stove in my fireplace and vent ...

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Harman Accentra
Review and ratings contributed by John S. on Nov 08, 2017

Worthless junk....nothing but troubles and problems and blowing out lukewarm air at best. Do yourself a favor and get a wood burning stove if you want heat and a fraction of the problems.....DO NOT WASTE MONEY ON THIS GARBAGE!!!!!!!!!

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Jotul F 400 Castine
Review and ratings contributed by LoieJ on Nov 08, 2017

We have heated with wood for 40 years, since 2010 with the Jotul f 400. We heat a well insulated 1700 square foot house. We are very happy with this stove. We love the glass to see the fire, which we didn't have with our box of a stove before. Now we are having a serious problem with the door ...

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Quadra-Fire Classic Bay 1200
Review and ratings contributed by Unhappy-in-PA on Nov 07, 2017

purchased in 2015 from Kring's Home and Hearth...first insert installed had to be immediately replaced by the dealer because "It couldn't be fixed !" Second unit is nothing but problems, and the dealer is useless... it is nearly rusted out, soon to be dangerous to operate (after one ...

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NU-TEC Upland 207
Review and ratings contributed by Curt in Alaska on Nov 04, 2017

I researched pellet stoves on the internet for some time before I bought the Nu Tech Upland 207. I was swept up by all the rave reviews so purchased the stove and paid to ship it to Alaska. We finally got our home finished and installed the stove. What a beauty it is. To say we like this stove ...

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Jotul F 100 Nordic QT
Review and ratings contributed by Woodtoburn on Oct 23, 2017

I would not recommend this stove to a seasoned pro or a novice beginner woodstove person. The stove does not draft properly due to insufficient make up air. There is no way to manage inbound air draft, hence using the door is the only option when starting a fire and bringing it to full burn. ...

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Quadra-Fire Classic Bay 1200
Review and ratings contributed by Independent Pellet Tech on Oct 14, 2017

Most complaints about this store stem from issues that aren’t the stoves fault. All pellet stoves need maintenance on a daily, weekly, monthly and annual basis. You also need to keep the stove dry. The quality of the pellet greatly affects performance and protecting it with a surge protector is ...

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Osburn 1100
Review and ratings contributed by S. McN. on Oct 11, 2017

Firebox too small. Struggles to heat 850 sq. ft. cottage.

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Osburn 1100
Review and ratings contributed by S. McN. on Oct 11, 2017

Firebox too small. Struggles to heat 850 sq.ft.

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Harman P68
Review and ratings contributed by sans123 on Sep 04, 2017

I love love this stove. I'm getting another pellet stove and was considering an insert plus other harman models. The feedback on the other models aren't as good,so I think I will be purchasing another P68. I will say the type of pellets one burns is important. Except for cleaning, which is a ...

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Harman Accentra
Review and ratings contributed by Frustrated on May 04, 2017

After 1- 1/2 years we do not have an insert in our fireplace.. We have replaced igniter, fuse, and still have no stove. The co. We purchased this from , on orders from Harman, have taken our stove back to "the shop" to go over it with a fine toothed comb.. This has been going on for over ...

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Harman Accentra
Review and ratings contributed by Dave on Apr 27, 2017

We bought our Harman Accentra Freestanding Pellet Stove in December 2014, and we are still very happy with it. We live in Connecticut and have a raised ranch with electric heat. We bought a Quadrafire Mt Vernon in 2008 for the down stairs and it did a good job of heating most of our home (we love ...

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Lopi Republic 1250
Review and ratings contributed by J. HUNTER on Apr 26, 2017

This Lopi Republic 1250 stove will heat our 1150 sf house but does take a while. The fire box is small so the wood needs to be small pieces. If the fire is started properly, per instructions, we don't get smoke into the room. However, when re-loading, I have to open a window or door to increase the ...

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Harman Oakleaf
Review and ratings contributed by Alaskatest on Apr 11, 2017

Bought this stove in 2014. Learned how to use it, theirs a learning curve. Plus you really should have a good draw. One issue is the lever to shut it down can at times pop back, creating a dangerous over burn that causes damage to the stove, yet a fire hazard when sleeping. After only 2 winter ...

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Breckwell P2700FS
Review and ratings contributed by Charlie on Apr 06, 2017

I have had my stove for many years and it has been fantastic. I have replaced the exhaust fan and the limit switch. My stove runs 24/7 from November to April. The only time it is shut down is for cleaning. In ten plus years of service, I will call that very reliable.

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Jotul F 100 Nordic QT
Review and ratings contributed by Howard from Colorado on Mar 26, 2017

This stove is amazing! It is much easier to keep the glass clean than my Vermont Castings model which I used to love, it burns incredibly efficiently, is so controllable, and most amazing to me is that with a few hot coals it will burn one log at a time. I have about 15 feet of total pipe and it ...

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Avalon Olympic
Review and ratings contributed by Warm in Oregon on Mar 23, 2017

Great wood stove. I've had it for over 10 years, and I heat my house with it all winter. My wife and I get home around 6 pm and I can build a fire we can start cooking dinner on in about an hour. It's usually still 75 when we get up in the morning for work. If you can't make this stove heat up, ...

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Amaizablaze Cheyenne Model 7100
Review and ratings contributed by heyswitz on Mar 13, 2017

all I can say is this stove is not for city people or lazy ones just like a wood stove it needs cleaning to I,ve had one for 3 yrs and love it have it in my shop and never turn it above 2 cats don,t like it that hot leave it on 1 and it works great keeps it at 70 in Canada and it gets cold here ...

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Fahrenheit Technologies Endurance 50F
Review and ratings contributed by heyswitz on Mar 13, 2017

hi I gotta say I don,t understand all the problems u people are having with your 50f I have mine hooked into the oil furnace duct work and heats our whole storey and half farm house at 74 degrees best thing I,ve ever bought I burn corn tried pellets but was getting garbage had to clean out 3x mo. ...

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Jotul Rangeley F 50 TL
Review and ratings contributed by Michel Lefebvre on Mar 11, 2017

Owner since 2014. and no regret at all. I like his Wintergrill option too. I still continue to thing that I have made the best choice for keeping my basement warm, being used as secondary and for backup. Jotul deserve my high score, not only for their F50TL high performance, but also because ...

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Blaze King Princess Ultra PEJ1006
Review and ratings contributed by vaughn stricklin on Mar 06, 2017

have used stove for 3 winters. overall its a good stove but here are the cons. no ash pan, getting ashes out is areal mess.i burn hickory.on a cold 10 degree night 8 hours is the burn time. after 3 days of burning you cant get enough wood in to get 8 hours. you constantly need to take out hot coals ...

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Breckwell Classic Cast
Review and ratings contributed by Joe on Feb 28, 2017

I've had my p4000 since 2012, have put in 2 combustion motors, 2 convection motors, proof of fire switch, high limit switch, had the control board fixed, and have to clean it it almost daily. Breckwell says tough kitty, and never has replaced one part. Today it made a big bang, turned off. who ...

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Napoleon NPS40
Review and ratings contributed by C in Connecticut on Feb 24, 2017

Purchased on Ebay about 8-9 years ago,2008-2009, New for $1400 w/ free shipping. Used 4 tons a year, on install,Disconnected ignitor ,oiled motors, hooked exhaust/intake etc, little fluid on pellets in pot and light. Cleaned well every year and oiled all motors, capped exhaust/intake every spring ...

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Dutchwest Cast Iron Large 2461
Review and ratings contributed by Chom on Feb 11, 2017

I've used my DW for about 4 seasons, replacing an older non-air tight stove. I couldn't be more disappointed. The creosote is ridiculous. I try to run it with the damper open as often as possible to keep it hot enough to avoid the cooler exhaust. Using well seasoned hardwood. Never had an issue ...

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Jotul F 3 CB
Review and ratings contributed by Ian M on Feb 09, 2017

My Jotul woodstove has been a mess of toxic fumes since it was installed a couple of years ago. What a waste of money. We have burned at least 2 cords of wood so it is not a "newness" problem or any nonsense like that. We burn clean, dry maple. There is adequate draft and the pipe is ...

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Dutchwest Cast Iron Small 2460
Review and ratings contributed by Bruce lightening on Feb 07, 2017

Dutchwest builds junk.two winters service and it is falling apart.seals fall out of everywhere.special size of asbestos rope.glass cracked.no parts.service is atrocious.rude customer service.do not buy .I regret daily.can't wait to replace

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