Sunday, 18 September 2011 20:52

Review: Napoleon 1402 Wood Burning Insert - Custom Steel Baffles

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We have been using our Napoleon 1402 wood-burning insert in our home for over 1 year and 7 cords of wood.  The stove is able to heat our entire home (~1800 square feet) down to about 30 degrees (F); below this, and the propane needs to kick in to help out.  The stove typically runs at between 300 and 500 degrees (F), and we leave the blowers on high at all times.

Overall, very happy with the stove.  We had it cleaned and the flue liner did not have any "bad" creosote in it, meaning that the insert kept burning at a high temperature and stayed fairly clean.  About once a week, I open up the damper and let it get nice and hot for an hour or so... just as a maintenance thing.  Here is a photo of inside the firebox, after removing the baffles.  You'll also see that some of the bricks were cracked, probably from trying to cram logs in that were a little too large (16" firewood is what you want with this particular stove).

inside-stove

Our main complaint, however, is the "ceramic" baffles that line the top of the firebox.  They feel like styrofoam, and they tend to disintegrate on contact when you're loading wood into the stove.  After less than 1 year, our baffles looked like this:

before-and-after

Our solution to this issue, as I don't find it acceptable to replace these baffles every 6 months, was to have a steel fabricator build some for us out of 3/8" thick stainless steel:

steel-baffle-custom

With the stainless steel, the fires seem to burn just as long, it stays plenty hot, and I don't have to worry about the steel wearing down as I load wood into it all winter long.

 

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4 comments

  • Comment Link nate covington Wednesday, 06 March 2019 15:13 posted by nate covington

    Mike - absolutely you are correct - the new inserts are not welded in place. They come out the same way the styrofoam baffles came out, for cleaning purposes...

  • Comment Link mike goulding Thursday, 28 February 2019 19:09 posted by mike goulding

    answer me something I do not see your chimney opening in the back also I was thinking just to lodge the metal there instead of welding it.. thanks

  • Comment Link Nate Thursday, 07 January 2016 13:41 posted by Nate

    They would need to be custom-made by a steel fabricator. My suggestion would be to ask around and find someone who is a good (certified?) welder and ask them for a price. This is how mine were built - I found a local guy and gave him a brand new (styrofoam) baffle from Napoleon for him to use as a template. Hope this helps!

  • Comment Link Greg eldridge Wednesday, 06 January 2016 14:21 posted by Greg eldridge

    Where do you get these baffles?

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