I am sensitive to sound and during the past eleven years I've put up with the constant drone of the fan in my insert whenever I burned a fire. The insert came with the house when we bought it, so it wasn't a conscious choice I made in picking an insert over a stove. Just recently I decided to replace the insert with a Jotul F 600 stove and I am thoroughly enjoying the silence of burning again! I find it so much more relaxing and peaceful to be able to sit in my easy chair, have some jazz playing quietly in the background, and read a book or just look at the flames. I make this observation for those folk out there trying to decide between an insert or a stove. How much do you enjoy quiet?