Review of Regency --- I2400 Medium Insert w/ Blower -- Fireplace Inserted Stove burning Wood only
Installation Type: Wood/Coal - into masonry chimney
Satisfaction Ratings from 5 stars (best) to 1 star (worst)
Satisfaction with unit = ✰✰✰✰✰
Satisfaction with dealer = ✰✰✰✰✰
Satisfaction with manufacturer = ✰✰✰✰✰
Other Information about the Home and Stove
Room Size (Sq ft): 450 | House Size (Sq feet): 1880
Bought in 2004 , Price Paid: $1900
Location : Albuquerque, NM 87101, USA
Purchased from: Fireplace Retail Store - Woodfield's
1) When using the I2400 insert, the furnace never comes on! 2) Looks way better than that darned old fireplace screen. 3) It's like having a campfire every night and the family loves it! 4)Humidifying kettle placed on the cooktop really helps the winter dry skin "lizard" effect out here in the high desert.
The insert functions perfectly, however, the blower when set to high is a bit loud ... but man is it effective.
The insert is installed at the far end of a 40 x 12 room; the digital thermostat for our central air is at the opposite end of the room. We can easily get the temp on the thermostat up to 77. It heats the entire house as long as the bedroom doors are open and we have some fans moving the air around. Our house was built in the 1960's and has single glazed, low grade, aluminum, drafty windows. The insert heats our house WAY better than the central air furnace ever could. I did have some issues with smokey glass during the first few weeks of owning the insert. Then I learned how to burn it more cleanly and more efficiently. 1) Don't try to shut the intake air all the way off and go to bed unless you really have a deep, hot bed of coals. If you don't have a deep bed of coals and you throw in a couple of logs and turn the air all the way off, you will wake up with smoked glass. It is better to pull the air intake control out about 1/8" 2) If you do smoke your glass, just burn a large, hot fire the next day. The large fire will burn-off most of the really "tough" stuff. The following day, just wipe the glass clean ... no problem.
The insert is the best thing that ever happened to this house!
* Dates that reviews were submitted were not recorded prior to Nov. 2004