Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 34
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Butch nice for the money
I got estimates of $3800.00 to $6500.00 for an insert to be installed so being the handy man I am researched DIY options. Bought from Home Depot because I wanted a return option in case it didn't fit. Installation was not too bad, did the whole job for $1500.00 and about 5 hours of work. Insert seems solid so far, once the fire gets going it really heats our living room real good. Still messing with ways to get heat into other rooms. Wood burns completely, only lite ash is left which is easily removed. Only complaint is blower is noisy at higher speeds, I generally run at medium level so that's not an issue.
For the money you can't beat it.
December 11, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rdad works great!
Had help installing it and it is HEAVY (almost 300 lbs), but works great! I had an older insert and it was a bit bigger, but doesn't hold a candle to what this thing can put out for heat. I have about 2000 square feet that all feels this heat to some degree and makes our home WARM now!
My only gripe is the backplate is a bit troublesome to assemble and fit on properly. It took a buddy and I a few attempts to get it right.
Would definitely recommend it! Have someone with experience help you as this isn't something you want to haphazardly install the wrong way!
November 17, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by RCB1 Good for How SMALL it is.
This was the largest stove I could find.But,firebox is small and wood does not completely burn and cleaning ash and chunks out every morning is required.I had a 1950s fireplace and was hoping to get a straight run on the chimney,but hole in stove was to far forward to allow that.We did manage to get an adjustable elbow and once pipe was connected,twisted to as straight as possible.Direction's were not of a lot of help,most of the information was on how to build a fire.With the built in blower & everything considered it is a great improvement over an open fireplace and is capable of blowing You out of the room it is in! Let's see how long it holds up and fan last's?It has a ceramic plate,To defuse or collect more heat that blocks chimney in a way so it does not take smoke directly straight up.I am out West (UTAH) & am burning cured soft wood pine and Aspen.As I said for the money I do think this is a good stove and does an excellent job other than what I have outlined.
December 10, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Customer DO NOT BUY. CHEAPLY MADE. WONT LAST AFTER 2 YEARS
Don't buy. Metal cracking inside and bending after 2 years.
February 3, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JetSki150 Great heat
Installed temporarily until spring when entire fireplace gets remodeled. Most time consuming was the chimney liner installation, instructions say to screw the liner to the unit but no flange on the unit to allow for that.
Operation is fantastic! Heat radiation from unit along with fan operation will heat up 800 sq ft room quickly. Only con is the fan is more noisy that I would prefer.
December 11, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Kristine picture is misleading
The fireplace itself works. it has no legs so if you have a fireplace that sits a few inches below the hearth, you may have a hard time getting it to fit properly like i did.
BEWARE OF THE PICTURE ABOVE: don't let it fool you like it did me. the outer framed pieces are NOT flush with the fireplace as shown! instead the edges tilt outward away from the fireplace creating an ugly looking frame.
it doesnt have an ash tray so you will have to sweep the ashes out by hand after the fire cools.
the blower portion seems kind of cheap. its not attached to the insert- you just stuff it underneath the unit & leave it there which feels weird.
i am semi-disappointed with it so far. it does heat the house to about 70 degrees after a couple hours with the blower on full blast (my house is only 1000 sf so i assumed it would heat quicker than that?), but its also pretty loud. 3 stars for doing its job of heating up the house, but the rest of it hasn't impressed me much.
you will probably need a 2nd set of instructions also because the ones that come with the insert are very vague.
December 3, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by erchen OK, not great
I was delighted to find this insert. On opening the box realized the trim was separate so ordered it. I had someone install the whole unit. Appearance without the brass trim industrial; with the trim it's a bit nicer. Though the trim doesn't fit tightly, it covers a gap between the stove and the fireplace. The unit burns wood well and throws heat ok. Since the box where the wood goes is fairly small, we'd have to put wood in every hour or two when it was burning fully. December to April, so far, in CT - 2 cords of wood used. We have a small 2-bedroom ranch. In cold weather the fireplace running full blast heated dining room, kitchen and living room ok. Bedrooms - brrrr = farther from the fireplace. So, we kept the oil thermostat on low to make sure things didn't freeze.
The main issue is the fan. Have been through 8 fans! They were either clanking or didn't blow at full force or didn't work at all. The company was good at replacing them and said they didn't want the old ones back so I had a stack. Then they decided they did want them and I had to look all over for packaging to return them. What a pain.
The final fan works ok, but on high is so noisy you have to shout over it. Seems like since the fan is so critical for heat distribution they could figure something better out. It's unacceptably loud, with a whistle.
Final conclusion: I might have researched another maybe even more expensive insert had I known the issues for this unit. But in all it's ok, better than not having it! Might be worth spending a few hundred more dollars for something better.
March 27, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DEMO95 Awesome Stove
Have a 2300 sf home it heats the first floor without any problem. Winter here on long island is mild but tempertures at night reach into the teens, The stove kept the first floor a nice 71 degrees, which is about 1400 sf. Burn time on stove set at medium gave me a burn time of 7 hours with coals left to start a morning fire. Installation was easy and custmer service at englander stoveworks was very helpful.
January 17, 2010