Wood fireplace insert ratings part 10 continues our expert and unbiased reviews with a look at the Nordica, Osburn, Pacific, Parkray, Polyflam, Quadra-Fire, and Regency brands.
NORDICA- lanordica-extraflame.com --1*
This brand is made in Italy and offers a wide variety of models. The warranty on the heat exchanger which is the most vital part of the unit is not as good as other brands. Their website is not much help.
OSBURN------- osburn-mfg.com ---------4*
These units are made in Canada by Stove Builders International and are available in a variety of sizes to suit the size of the home. The MATRIX WOOD INSERT is made of cast iron and is designed for a flush finish with the face of the chimney for a more modern look and feel. It has a variable speed blower and air wash system as well as refractory brick lining. They are EPA certified for clean burning and are backed by a pretty good guarantee.
These units are made in Canada and are sold throughout North America. They offer small, medium, and large units to match the requirements of you home. All of the units feature a variable speed fan for good circulation of air throughout the room and an air wash system to keep the glass door clean to allow viewing of the fire. The units are available in both traditional and contemporary styles and are backed by a good guarantee.
This brand is made in the U.K. and is also sold in Ireland. The CHEVIN range offers three sizes of units with the largest having the ability to be connected to the home's central hydronic space heating system. The units are approved for smoke control areas but the guarantee on the firebox is not very good when compared to other brands.
This brand is made in France and is available throughout Europe. They offer a wide selection of models but their website is not much help and does not have a stated guarantee for their products.
This brand is from HEARTH & HOME TECHNOLOGIES. That offer a variety of models featuring their patented four-point burn system for enhanced efficiency and clean burning. The warranty (especially on the heat exchanger) is not very good.
REGENCY--- regency-fire.com ------------2*
This brand is from FIREPLACE PRODUCTS INTERNATIONAL and is available in North America. They offer small, medium, and large models that use a dual-burn design to produce EPA certified clean burn performance. They feature a thermostatically controlled blower for good air circulation and a pretty good warranty. The guarantee on the electrical parts is not as good as some brands.
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