This high-efficiency wood fireplace insert transforms an ordinary fireplace into a powerful source of warmth. Durable construction and Automatic Combustion Control (ACC) burn technology ensure the 5100i will perform season after season, year after year.
Posted by Keith Briggs on 14th Feb 2013
I have 3 free standing stoves in two rentals (used to be home). 1800 in a basement, too small burns out too fast, 3100 and a newer 4300. 4300 really cranks out the heat. All my stoves, I add ceramic strips (12 x 3) tiles over the set top and on the sides in back to force the fan air to move to the front of the stove before it hits the ambient air.
Now to the insert. Biggest mod is I drilled 2 3" holes one on each side about half way back on the bottom because I'm pulling in outside air to fire with. I stuffed fiberglass in the front where the intake air is originally designed to go in. Never a draft problem. Harder to load than either the 3100 or the 4300 because its a small opening. The good thing about the small opening is much less ash comes out. My wife things its about 1/6 the ash that comes out compared to the 3100 or 4300. Wind problems are easily solved with a vacu-stack cap. Got the house with a heatilator (zero clearance) opening gas log converted to a (worthless for heat) fireplace. I'd do a stove over an insert any day but that wasn't an option here. I had rigged thermo switches on all the other stoves long before quad figured it out. I agree with other that the thermo switch is poorly placed - it comes on long after you want it to and similarly, shuts off too soon. I'll either move the location of it or swap it to a lower temp species. One nice thing about the quirky dimensions is you can load 29" small diameter sticks diagonally. Now, shen I cut a tree up and instead of chipping or hauling the top of the tree, I cut the smaller stuff in 27-29 inch lengths and use it to start a coal beds and spring and fall fires.
MODIFYING YOUR STOVE WILL VOID THE TESTING, LISTING AND WARRANTY OF THE APPLIANCE. DESIGN ENGINEERING IS BEST LEFT TO THE EXPERTS.
-SURVIVAL PRODUCTS, INC.
Posted by Lee S. on 29th Jan 2013
I have had the installer of our newer 5100 out numerous times, the chimney is installed as spec. fully insulated oval liner, drafting problem was resolved (FINALLY) 4-6 inches of baffle fabric was cut out as being told it was too long, and was folded and partially blocking the chimney.I have put about 2.5 cords through the unit and it is burning better than originally , but it does not last as long as the older model. fan kicks off at about 7 hours on a full load damped down. The cubic foot rating might be the same but the angle of the combustion tubes in the top limit a full load, and the front steel plate for air intake? inhibit logs over 18" unless you stack them on top of the metal. I am a quad fan but the older model is a better stove. 12-14 hours of heat, real 21-22" logs. IMO. quad is focusing on the EPA emissions end of things too much and not for the old diehards that actually heat with wood. But with 2 stoves we are oil free in Pa.
Posted by Lee S. on 16th Dec 2012
As far as the new 5100 act I hate it. It has a smaller firebox, It belches smoke into the house anytime or any way you open it. I am not a fan of the timer for air control. at Close to 6k profesionally (oval liner)installed I dont like it. I have an older 5100 in the basement I burn 5-6 cords a year through and it is bullet proof reliable,drafts great, dosent smoke out the house and stacks real 22" logs top to bottom. Burns for 12-14 hours with coals to spare. I do not recomend the new one. Find an older one if possible
I BELIEVE YOU ARE SPEAKING OF THE 5100I ACC MODEL WITH AUTOMATIC COMBUSTION CONTROL. YOU CAN CERTAINLY OVERRIDE THE TIMER CONTROL AND OPERATE THE INSERT THE SAME AS YOU DO THE 5100 ACT (SEE P. 10 IN YOUR MANUAL).
THE FIREBOX FOR BOTH STOVES IS 3.0 CU FT SO I’M NOT SURE WHAT’S WITH THE DIFFERENCE IN CAPACITY.
THE SMOKING IN THE ROOM IS A DRAFT ISSUE THAT REALLY DOESN'T HAVE MUCH TO DO WITH THE STOVE. WHAT SIZE LINER DO YOU HAVE AND IS IT INSULATED? THE HIGH EFFICIENCY OF THIS MODEL DOES REQUIRE A UL LISTED INSULATED LINER. SMOKING INTO THE ROOM WHEN RE-LOADING USUALLY OCCURS IF THE CHIMNEY HAS COOLED DOWN TOO FAR TO SUSTAIN DRAFT OR IF THE AIR CONTROLS ARE NOT ADJUSTED PROPERLY. THE ACC MODEL IS DIFFERENT THAN YOUR OLD STOVE AND YOU WILL NEED TO READ YOUR MANUAL AND FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THE DIFFERENCES. GOOD LUCK. IT’S A QUAD. YOU SHOULD NEVER BE UNHAPPY BURNING IT. CONTACT YOUR DEALER FOR ASSISTANCE IF NEEDED.
-SURVIVAL PRODUCTS, INC
Posted by Chris on 4th Mar 2011
We owned a 4200 sq ft home in Delaware along the Delaware Bay. Winters would get very cold and we decided to heat our entire home (new construction) with a wood stove. After extensive research, we found the Quadrafire 5100. Installation was super easy. And we were able to heat the entire 2-story house with this stove and rarely needed to use back-up heat (heat-pump). Only on those nights dipping to the single-digit temps and when blowing 20mph or more would the heat come on when set to 68 degrees in the house. We would burn 5+ cords of wood per winter but we were always very tosty in the house (72-76 degrees).
Posted by happy in harbeson on 17th Jan 2011
I'm so happy with this stove. I love that we can see the fire now. Our old stove didn't have a glass door and was ugly.
This stove looks fabulous and is using alot less wood even though its been very cold. It will last all night long!!