Reviewer: Mountain Maiden
Could not live without it
I've used this from September through May, daily, for six or seven years. I've had the motor repaired twice and it needs to be repaired again. I'm looking to replace the motor. It gives off a lot of heat, but it is noisy. It will not heat a 500 square foot room on it's own, but it supplements the heat and allows me to set the thermostat lower and save on heating costs.
Good while it lasted
I've had mine for probably 8 years. Blower motor apparently died yesterday. Just about to take it apart and see what my options are. Ended up here since I thought I would nose around on the web first to see if getting parts is an option. Haven't found much yet. Yes, the blower is loud and at some settings it will even vibrate. I have been heating several rooms with this unit. With glass doors I can close it up, run a timer on the blower to shutoff in a few hours and go to sleep at night. Worked fine until yesterday. Probably will buy another one (if needed) unless I find something that looks superior.
I like the overall performance, its rather noisey on high, so I run mine at about medium speed so I feel I do not get the full benefit from the product that I could. It was easy to setup and install.If the motor were less noisey and less vibration on high speed would be a GREAT product. Overall I like mine.
First, this fireplace heater really pumps out the heat - works great!
But, the casting is not precise and the blower is loud.
It took a few trips to my shop to clean up the cast iron so it would fit together but I still rated it above average because it works so well.
I had a local welder build a custom vertical funnel shaped grate to hold the wood against the radiator. It uses very little short cut wood in the back of the firebox to keep my 4000+ sq ft house above 70 degrees when its 35 outside by turning on the HVAC fan.
I also installed a fireplace crane for cooking with a dutch oven over the compact fire in the back of the firebox and there's still enough room in the front for a 12x16 grill over the cast iron tubes.
This fireplace radiator is great!
Reviewer: Kevin Dawson
the unit puts out a lot of heat, but the blower motor is very noisy