Rated 3.2 out of 5 by 9
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by john NOT BAD..BUT NEEDS MINOR IMPROVEMENTS
i recently bought one of these inserts to save on natural gas and was the only one to fit my fireplace opening and i gotta say...it works as expected. There are some areas that needs improving tho. For 1 It does need a larger air intake. When you get a fire going i found that i need to leave the door cracked open so the fire can keep going and get nice and hot. Once it gets nice and hot then you can close the door and it will burn perfect. The wood won't burn to fast and it will put out a lot of heat. If you just start a fire and close the door expecting it to get bigger it will go out. A larger firebox would be nice but i do understand its one of the reasons why it fits my opening. I was a little upset at first but i gotta say, my split wood was cut a little on the long side..and it was a little tricky loading some pieces but they all fit and i think the max i could fit was 22-23 inches diagonal. You don't have to add a firewood holder because the wood burns pretty good just sitting on the hot coals. Another thing is the surround molding..the top is held in place with 2 springs, i wish they would add 2 more on the bottom. And lastly, The blower cfm is too low. 125 cfm is ok for 1 room but this thing could easily heat the whole house with more air flow. I am going to buy a 160 cfm blower brand new off ebay for 60-70 bucks and see how that works. If you are handy all these improvements can easily be made with minimal effort. Conclusion is that this insert can get as hot as other units no problem..all really that needs to be done is a higher cfm blower and this will make its money back in no time..
January 11, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Bobby no good
Bought this insert two weeks ago. Install was easy and not too much extra work needed to be done. once installed started burning and no heat was being given out. the bower would blow warm air out but seemed to be more of an electric heater more then anything. called around to find a reason why my wood would burn just fine and the fire box would have bright/hot embers but not a lot of heat and no one understood. so in conclusion I was very disappointed with the price to the out-put of heat.
the good news is home depot is great and full refund. hope I get a better one next time.
November 13, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Fitz Great product
I have this in a smaller living room and it heats it great. Installed with a friend in a day. When cold starting a fire make sure you let a fire starter burn for 10-15 minutes to get the cold air out of the chimney liner. I have a 22 foot liner and would get smoke back up without hearing the firebox before adding wood.
February 5, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by 170dude Good stove. bad blower. super expensive parts
It is a decent insert for the money. Firebox is on the smaller side but you can put a few logs in.
The problem is..the blower broke after 2 years. It gets stuck. Makes noice but does not rotate.
I vacuumed it...cleaned it up...took it apart as much as i could. did not help.
I called Vogelzang to ask for replacement. they quoted $300 + about $50 for shipping...to be ware.
Everything made in china and a blow is cheaply made.
October 27, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by n2914mr Worth Its Weight In Wood
I have owned this insert for 3 years, and in that time have experienced both attributes and caveats that others have listed.
PROS: affordable price point, good heat output given firebox size, blower included, good customer service from Vogelzang
CONS: small firebox, blower failed within a year, glass door can break easily, requires insulated liner $$$
In order to take full advantage of this unit's output, you need to install a stainless steel liner with INSULATION. This is the only way to get the rated BTUs. The insulated liner is pricey and requires a helper or two.
I agree with the previous poster regarding using seasoned wood only...the stove is truly air-tite and at times struggles with itself for combustion if the wood is unseasoned. This also leads into 'priming the flue' or you will have a house filled with smoke. I haven't found a better solution for this other than lighting firestarter nuggets or logs for several minutes prior to placing any wood in direct flame.
The 8 hour burn is possible with a big log dampered all the way down at the end of the night...in the morning you may have have enough hot coals to get it going again with a few pieces of kindling.
The blower is junk...I replaced it with a higher rpm and got better heating results.
The key to efficiency with this insert (besides a better blower) is an insulated liner and small dry pieces of wood.
BOTTOM LINE: If you price competitive stoves, they are at least twice the amount upfront.
December 8, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by mike Nice stove
I was very happy with this stove it is smaller then most inserts but for the cost it is worth it.I have been able to heat my 1200 square foot daylight basement to over 70 degrees.
January 2, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by poopoo Disappointed
No wood capacity. Firebox way too small. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
February 5, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Bobby Not so Hot
Just put this stove in my fire place. Installation was easy. Not very happy about the stove though. Difficult to operate compared to my non EPA stove. Damper inlet is too small-doesn't allow enough air to get into the box-always have to open the door wide until it gets burning very hot-then I can close the front. Inside the box the fireplace had a light weight panel that forms the top and rear angle top of the stove-I found this to be quite cheep and weak. I have already broken the angle piece by just placing my wood too hard against it-poor design. On top of the cheap paneling there is a blanket which helps keep the heat in the fire. After my top panel fell down the blanket was next-no locking mech's to keep these items in place-poor design. Be aware-this unit has a very small fire box. Won't be able to throw in anything med to large at all. I wouldn't buy this stove again. PS You better get the stove reg. within the 1 month period. They will replace any broken parts and they will even allow you to hire someone else to fix it for you as long as they are an approved repairman and its below $30/hr.
December 23, 2013