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Choosing a gas insert

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by starlite2nite, Nov 20, 2006.

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  1. starlite2nite

    starlite2nite New Member

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    I have been scouring the forms and trying to figure out the best type of gas insert to purchase. My fireplace size is 33w x 28h and already plumbed with gas. Main objective is visual, with heat as a second as my home is a 1300 sf rambler. I have gone to several retailers in Seattle WA and have only found 2 that were really helpful. Best salesperson I worked with sold Heat-n-Glo and Quadra and I am leaning towards the Heat-n-Glo. The Monessen seems to have the best view of what I have seen, but it doesn't get too favorable of a rep on the forum. The qualm I am having on the Heat-n-Glo is that this dealer will only sell it with a mesh screen that covers the glass for safety. They are the only ones that have required this. The unit doesn't have that large of an opening. Thanks for the input!

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  2. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Personally I think that is just the right size fireplace for a Jotul GF300 DV Allagash hearth stove. Rear vented into a liner in your chimney. A fan is available for it to distribute heat and they look great with the doors open and a fire burning in them. And don't need no stinkin screen. Of course some would depend on how much hearth you have in front of the fireplace.

    Put up a picture of the fireplace.
  3. MountainStoveGuy

    MountainStoveGuy Minister of Fire

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    The quad qvi 30 and 35 are nice. Also the Jotul kathadin. The screen is sweet. It takes the glare off the glass and makes it disapear. I would not limit yourself to inserts with out screens, most have them. Heat-n-glo and Quadra fire are sister companies. Quality is the same. I realy like the firebrick insert from heatilator too. AD-ZC-FB i think. I like BB sugestion too. I love the look of a stove in front of a fireplace. Some people do and some people dont. Dont forget about the quadrafire columbia bay, its a great looking insert.
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    starlite2nite New Member

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    Thank you both for your replies. The Jotul are attractive, but I am looking for a very clean, flush look without the stove front or ornate trim. The fireplace had a Comfortec insert that stuck out onto the hearth and it made the room look much smaller. Its at the point where I am ready to make the purchase, now I just need to make a decision.
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