ote author="MountainStoveGuy" date="1138780021"]There are many opinins out there on the effectiveness of blowers, if you have a old inefficient fireplace there wonderfull, if you have a ultra high efficient insert, they can actually cool the box down and not make as efficient combustion. So i would agree with your dissagreement, but there is a time and a place for blowers, they dont work as well in some situations, and beautifully in others. The same goes for high effiencey gas appliances. But you know what opinions are like...... I sense a possible hijack.. we should start a new theread if we want to continue this topic this direction. :zip:[/quote] I'll bite. Blowers on an insert, purchased in 2005 so it's a brand new one, DO with out a doubt, improve the efficiency of the unit. Only 3 weeks ago, we had power go out for 18 hours. Our insert did heat our home, but there is no doubt that heat was not as effectively moved into our home. Now, this is a total system statement of my wood stove in my home. The stove is designed to work with the blower on high. If the stove cools too much the thermalcouple turns it off. When the stove is hot enough to support the blower, it turns back on. If you mean by "some situations" that when the stove is first fired and the stove does not react to it's own temperature, then I do agree with you, but on a modern stove they ARE designed to handle the temp changes. I really wanted to react to this since your post may talk someone out of a blower on an insert. Make no mistake here, if you have an insert, you really should get a blower. An insert is primarily a convection stove, and that is what blowers are all about.