Wood fireplace ratings part 9 continues our expert and unbiased reviews with a look at the Pacific, Panadero, Platonic, Regency, Renaissance, RSF, Ruegg, and Schmid brands.
This brand is made in Canada and features non-catalytic clean burning fireplaces. They have a variable speed blower and offer an optional duct system. The floating firebox design reduces stress on the metal and so they are backed by a very good warranty. Their extended burn technology (EBT) automatically adjusts secondary air to allow for more efficient burning. They offer three sizes of ARCH models which provide a more traditional look as well as three sizes of more modern fireplaces. The units feature large unobstructed views of the fire.
These fireplaces are made in Spain by BAKER STOVES and are sold throughout Europe. They are zero clearance units and feature large windows for viewing the fire. The guarantee on the firebox is not very good when compared to other brands.
This brand is made and sold in the U.K. They offer a variety of models including standard, corner, and two sided fireplaces. The units are not suitable for smoke control zones and their website does not have a stated guarantee for their products.
REGENCY-- regency-fire.com ---------1*
These units are from FIREPLACE PRODUCTS INTERNATIONAL and are sold through dealers. They offer two models and feature dual-burn design and are EPA emissions standard certified. They have a thermostatically controlled blower for air circulation through the home/room. While the guarantee on the mechanical parts is outstanding, the warranty on the blowers is not very good when compared to other brands.
This brand is made in Canada by ICC CHIMNEY and sold through authorized dealers throughout North America. The RUMFORD 1000 features Skamol lining for durability and a guillotine door for great views of the fire with the door open. The RUMFORD 1000H gives you the option of ducting the heat to other rooms within 15 feet of the fireplace. The units use outdoor air for combustion which saves on energy but the warranty on the firebox is not as good as many other brands.
RSF--------- icc-rsf.com -----------1*
These fireplaces are made in Canada by ICC CHIMNEY and are available in a wide variety of models such as bay, standard, two-sided, etc. The guarantee on the firebox and electrical parts is not as good as many other brands.
RUEGG--- ruegg-cheminee.com -----1*
This brand is made in Switzerland and is sold throughout Europe. They offer a wide selection of models but their website is not much help and the warranty on the units is not very good.
These fireplaces are available in Europe in a variety of sizes. They feature large windows for viewing the fire but their website is not much help.
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