Century CW2500 Fireplace Insert Review I decided to post a somewhat thorough review since there arenâ€™t really any online that I could find when searching for this particular stove before I purchased. Hopefully it will be helpful. I just purchased a Century CW2500 insert from Northern Tool with the primary considerations being: 1) cost 2) efficiency 3) output 4) quality. The CW2500 was literally the most inexpensive EPA certified insert I could find. This stove, brand new, was under $800 and with shipping, it was right under a grand. The stove comes with a blower as well. All and all it is a great value for a wood stove built by Stove Builder International up in Quebec. No Chinese made crap here. With my 15 feet of 6 inch flex chimney liner, top plate, custom block off plate and insulation kit I was set back around $1400â€¦not too shabby especially with a 30% tax credit since it was purchased/installed last week. Efficiency is rated at 76%. Compared to using my fireplace before, its like a night and day difference. The temperature here in Denver is around 15 degrees tonight and my den is hovering around 74 with the window open a bit. The other end of the house is 70. The furnace hasnâ€™t been on at all today. I havenâ€™t even really used the blower. I do have a small fan mounted to the top of my denâ€™s doorway which blows the heat back to the other end of the house. With a fire in the range of 400 and up there is no visible smoke coming from my chimney, just heat waves, which is really cool for someone who came from a regular old inefficient fireplace. Output is advertised at 65000 BTUs. This may or may not be accurate, regardless, it heats my entire 1300 sq ft brick constructed, un-insulated wall single level ranch here in the Denver metro area without issue. My windows are also circa 1960â€™s single pane aluminum frame drafty storm windows. My wife and I were pretty much used to chilly, drafty nights which now appear to be a thing of the past. The stove also doesnâ€™t completely blast me out of my den. The CW2500 seems to be a great sized stove for my house, climate, etc. (2.0 cubic ft firebox). UPDATE 1/7/11: A full box of pine going with a open damper for a good burn and then closed damper for secondary combustion translates to a 100 degree stove and a cold house (furnace comes on) the next morning about 7 hours later. A friend of mine hooked me up with some seasoned split elm last night and I proceeded to load the box with the elm. Next morning, stove was 250, house was still warm! The quality of the stove appears to be spot on. As mentioned above, its built in Quebec by Stove Builder International (SBI) whom in addition to Century also builds Drolet, Enerzone and Osburn to name a few. The welds are good quality; the door seals nicely; the bricks are aligned well inside the firebox; the stove paint is nice and even and the door includes a large ceramic glass viewing window that stays quite clean thanks to an air wash design. The CW2500 is built out of plate steel and tips the scales at around a relatively light 250lbs which was nice because I was able to move it by myself with an appliance dolly. One thing I didnâ€™t like about the design is the 45 degree outlet. Iâ€™m not sure what purpose this design serves as it made it impossible to connect a regular appliance connector and still set far enough in the fireplace. I had to order a 45 degree appliance connector elbow which should resolve this. You can see in the pics that the stove is sitting a bit too far forward on the hearth. UPDATE 1/5/11: There was a problem with the welds/design of a previous model of this stove. The inner box would detach from the outer box. This has been resolved as the inner box now rests on the floor instead of being held up by tack welds. Here is a post with more info:http://www.hearth.com/econtent/index.php/forums/viewthread/7220/#82345 You can compare the pics between the 2 models to see the difference in design. With it all said and done, I am very impressed with the Century CW2500 but I think there are a few keys that made my experience top notch which are mentioned time and time again by the good folks here on Hearth.com. 1) I used a full 15 foot section of stainless steel 6 inch flex pipe chimney liner with top cap and rain cover. 2) I insulated said flex liner. 3) I made my own insulated block-off plate which was really helpful after I removed my 24â€ by 6â€ damper. 4) I use properly seasoned wood which is here in abundance in dry sunny Colorado. Pros: â€¢ Inexpensive â€¢ Good value â€¢ Well made by the good folks in Canada â€¢ Large view window â€¢ Efficient Cons: â€¢ I wish I could have the door open from the right side instead of left..not a big deal though â€¢ No ash pan â€¢ Blower is kind of loud due to vibration. Fortunately Iâ€™ve found no need for the blower. Picture time! I installed 15 feet of 6â€ insulated flex pipe: Custom made block off plate insulated with chimney liner insulation. Notice sweet custom flange bends! Hey it works! Fire rocking at 450 degrees, wide open damper for dramatic effect! Temp of fire (great little thermometer by the way): Inside of stove showing secondary combustion tubes: Pic of chimney taken during same fire showing almost no smoke: Small fan mounted in doorway to push warm air to other end of house. Works like a champ!