Wood fireplace insert ratings part 2 continues our expert and unbiased reviews with a look at the Austwood, Avalon, Axis, BEF Home, Blaze King, Bodart & Gonay, and Boru brands.
These fireplaces are made and sold in Australia. The fireplaces are lined with firebrick for improved combustion efficiency and feature a three speed fan for enhanced distribution of heat throughout the room. They also have an air wash system to keep the glass clean for viewing the fire. The WENTWORTH model is for normal size rooms while the LAWSON model is designed for larger areas. The warranty on this brand (especially on the firebox) is not as good as many other brands.
This brand is from TRAVIS INDUSTRIES and is sold through dealers in Canada and the USA. They offer non-catalytic units in small, medium, and large sizes. The units have a bypass damper for easy fire starting and smoke free refueling and feature an air wash system to keep the glass clean. They offer an optional blower. The warranty on the units is not as good as many brands.
AXIS---- cheminees-axis.com -------<1*
This brand is a part of the SEGUIN DUTERIEZ GROUP. Their website is not much help and does not have a stated guarantee for their products.
BEF HOME-- krby-bef.cz ------------<1*
These fireplaces feature cast iron construction with large glass doors for viewing the fire. They offer a wide selection of models including units that can be connected to the home's central heating system. They are made in the Czech Republic and sold throughout Europe. The manufacturer's website is not much help and does not have a stated guarantee on the units.
This brand is sold through dealers in North America. The PRINCESS model uses catalytic combustion for a cleaner burn but the combustor will require regular replacement. They also offer non-catalytic models and feature a variable speed circulation fan. The units are backed by a good warranty but the warranty on the firebox is pro-rated.
BODART & GONAY--bgfires.com--------<1*
The SD-442 fireplaces are made in Belgium and feature dual combustion technology for improved efficiency. They also feature a retractable door that allows for an open fire. The guarantee on the units, especially on the firebox, is not as good as many other brands.
These fires are made in Ireland and also sold in the U.K. They are clean burning and have an airwash system to keep the glass clean. They also offer a unit with a boiler that can be attached to the home's central heating system. While the warranty on most parts is pretty good, the guarantee on the firebox is not as good as many brands.
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