Regency Fireplace Products
Leading brand from FPI an overall hit with consumers
In just 27 short years, Roger Little has turned his company FPI Fireplace Products International into one of the largest and most notable fireplace and wood stove companies in North America . Signature line Regency is FPI's most well-known line of fireplaces and the line includes stoves, furnaces and inserts all in wood-burning and gas models. FPI also owns sub-brands Excalibur Fireplaces, Palace Designer Fireplaces and Hampton Fireplaces. Regency products are among the safest on the market, stoves and fireplaces meeting EPA standards.
Regency produces nine different gas fireplaces in Liberty and Panorama lines, five gas stoves named Ultimate and Classic, and six 'Energy' gas inserts. Wood-burning units include two wood fireplaces, WarmHearth and WarmHearth Plus, four wood stoves (see consumer reviews and photos below) and four wood inserts.
On the gas-burning side, one of Regency's most unique offerings is the three-sided Panorama P131 Gas Fireplace.
Regency Panorama P131 3-Sided Gas Fireplace
As seen in the photo above, this unit fits in well with contemporary living spaces, or to split large living spaces with something other than a half wall or divider. The P131 puts out enough heat at 40,000 BTU for a decent sized space, and comes with enough extras to suit every taste. These extras include a flush front, black glass trim, brick panels, and a blower. Optional accessories like louvers, patterned grills, thermostats and remote controls enhance its form and functionality.
Of all its products, FPI's Regency wood-burning stoves are the most reviewed. The 1100 (small), 2400 (medium) and 3100 (large) lines have many advantages and few disadvantages, which should give an insight into the overall quality of Regency products. These models are pictured below, with accompanying consumer comments.
Regency F1100 Small Wood Stove
Regency F1100 Advantages
- Burns just about any type of wood
- Easy to operate
- Great heat output for a small unit
- Good product warranty
Regency F1100 Disadvantages
- The owners manual is confusing
- Burn cycle is too short
- Small capacity a hindrance
Regency F2400 Medium Wood Stove
Regency F2400 Advantages
- Excellent heating capacity
- Easy to get ignited
- Large capacity
- Glass remains clean
- Blower and fan are quiet on low settings
Regency F2400 Disadvantages
- On high setting the fan is noisy
- Air control lever doesn't work well
- Glass can get sooty if wood fuel isn't dry
Regency F3100 Large Wood Stove
Regency F3100 Advantages
- Good long burn rate
- Outstanding heat output
- Nice looking unit
- Large enough firebox
Regency F3100 Disadvantages
- Produces too much smoke
- Air flow is hard to control
- Replacement parts can be difficult to find
- Blower is loud on higher settings
Overall, Regency scored well with consumers, most rating the small and medium-sized wood stoves high, with excellent, average and below average ratings for the large unit.