Rated 4.2 out of 5Â by 29
Rated 4 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â 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 4 out of 5Â 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 4 out of 5Â by redv Should have known...
I bought one of these last week. Unfortunately, i didn't take in consideration that it has top exhaust, so it will not fit in my fireplace. I needed one with a 45 degree exhaust.
I ended up installing it, but it didn't look right. A few things about it:
Its veryy heavy. Even two guys is barely enough to handle it. The guys at home depot loaded it in the back on my suv and they struggled. Once home, i was able to remove it by myself by removing the door and bricks and the slide it down a small improvised ramp to a dolly.
The blower is detached and it is supposed to just sit in front of it which i dont think its a good idea.
The instructions are not great, so you kinda have to figure things out a bit.
I decided to return the item only because of the way it looks on my setup. I will buy one with a 45 degree exhaust
November 10, 2013