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Napoleon NPS40
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Approximate retail price:
$2350
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About - Napoleon NPS40

The Napoleon NPS40 is part of the pellet & wood stove test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, pellet & wood stove models like the NPS40 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Capacity:
Capacity is claimed input and heating and measured hopper capacity.

Loading:
Loading is size, height of hopper opening, loading ease.

Cleaning:
Cleaning is size of ash pan and ease of removing it.

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Approximate retail price:
$2350
The Ratings applied to untested model Continental CPS40 come from our tests of model Napoleon NPS40, which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
Features & Specs - Napoleon NPS40
info Claimed input (btu/hr) 43,000
info Claimed heating capacity (Sq. ft.) 2,000
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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
3.0
Requires rigorous adherence to cleaning
1/4/2014
Pros
Good capacity
Non-petroleum Fuel
Toasty Output
Cons
Can't Preheat
Noisy Fan
Strict Cleaning Required
Best Uses
Comment:
The stove was already installed in our 1937 cabin when we bought it; we've used it for 2 winters and have had a love-hate relationship with it but are now replacing it with a propane (LP) stove. Generally, the stove does what it's supposed to which in our case is one of 3 heat sources (wood fireplace, multiple electric baseboard heaters). But twice, we have woken to a cabin full of smoke and the smoke alarm honking. If one isn't scrupulous about regular (weekly) cleaning, which is not only messy but requires partial disassembly, the stove retaliates. We use the cabin for, mostly, short 3-4 day stays once or twice a month. That, plus other use by family and friends, make conscientious adherence to the necessary schedule difficult. The stove would likely be fine if it were installed in a continuously occupied location and routinely cleaned on, say, laundry days but for part-time use, more discipline than we could muster is needed. <br /><br />The bin holds the contents of one 40# bag of pellets ($4-5 locally). Used as the primary heat source with the temperature dancing around freezing, one bag lasts us 1 to 2 days. Your mileage may vary.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Own 2 fireplace inserts, they work well
11/5/2012
Pros
clean
Efficient
Nice looking
Renewable resource
Supports Usa
Cons
Hard To Deep Clean
Best Uses
Comment:
These stoves(fireplace inserts) work well. I have owned 2 of them for better than 4 years. Because of the design it is necessary to clean out above the burn pot about once a day, but this is a 30 second job. (I use a garden trowel to push the ash from above the burn pot and remove any ash from within the burn pot). <br />You should have an ash vacuum to clean the insert (every 2 or 3 days, as they do not have a large ash capacity). The worst feature of the fireplace insert is thorough cleaning is difficult as the flue pipe is bent at 90 degrees and you must pull the stove out of the fireplace to get at it. It also makes attaching to the flue a challenge. Additionally access to areas to clean is not easy and the yearly cleaning can be messy and takes patience. <br />All said I would buy the insert again if I needed one but might just look for a way to use a free standing stove as some of the disadvantages of the insert go away.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
NPS45 is a GREAT alternative to oil!!!!
2/9/2012
Pros
30 prcnt Tax Credit 2010
Cut Oil Use by 37 prcnt
Heats Large room up quick
Very Clean Way To Heat
Very easy clean up
Very Easy Heat Control
Very Quiet When NEW
Cons
Bad Control Brd When New
Loud Auger after 1st Ton
Reqrd Vacuum EXPENSIVE
Best Uses
Large Room Heating
Quick Heating
Comment:
We had this installed in Dec 2010 for alternative to oil heat. Our home is a Cape with a finished basement so it doesn't heat the whole house. We did get 30% Tax Credit and it cut our heating cost substancially vs. 100% oil heat. I love the convenience of storing, cost, and adding Pellets vs. wood or oil. The Control Board was bad when New so it took a week to get the new board replaced(warranty). The Auger Motor became very load after the first Ton so that also took a week to replace(warranty). Still very happy with this purchase!!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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