Review: Quadra-Fire 4300 Millennium
Quadra-Fire 4300 Millennium
Disclaimer: I sell these stoves (a sales rep for this product). But I also burn them in the showroom at work. I'm not here to tout how great they are, since none of you reading this will likely be a customer of mine - so this is my objective viewpoint. This stove puts out quite a bit of heat. Our building is poorly insulated with high cielings and lots of windows. We are in zone 3. It heats about 1,000 square feet, which is quite good considering the situation. It is positioned in a corner. The most likely components to break are the start up air timer and the firebricks. Of the 10 or so I've sold this year, none have had need of any warranty service as of yet other than a broken firebrick *not covered under the limited lifetime warranty. ($5-$50 for a brick with a hole). The secondary burn baffles do their job for about the first 5 years of use. With regular cleaning, you can get more out of them. I don't see it working anymore on stoves older than 5 years (it's no longer visible during the hottest part of a fire). The ceramic blanket and baffleboard need to be replaced every 5 or so years. The fiberboard will get thinner and crack often. Replacing them should be considered a cost of owning this stove. ($140, every 4--5 years). It's not covered under the warranty after 2 years. I can get up to 8 hours or so of burntime with this stove, at most. More typically, I'm getting 4-5 hours. Depends a lot on what size of wood and how much moisture is in it. The air wash system keeps the glass fairly clean. I can burn for 2-3 days in between cleaning it. I can also burn the stove hot and clean my glass that way too. The fan is decent enough, main complaint is they are loud. They do a nice job moving the hot air off the stove. I wouldn't recommend the outside air kit for any woodstove, not this one, or most others, since they use so little air for combustion. We do not have it hooked up at any rate. I like these stoves, and would consider buying one for myself. I don't see any major downfalls here. My rating: Good. Nice looking stove, decent heating ability. Well-made and sturdy. Some minor problems, but no major red flags here.