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New house, want an insert

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by ponder85, Sep 29, 2013.

  1. ponder85

    ponder85 Member

    Oct 16, 2010
    I am researching for our new home, and want an insert. I have one now, and use it a lot.

    My problem is a lot of the builders install cheap, small fireplaces that are really for looks only. They can burn wood, but aren't really made to. The builders don't seem to know much.

    Has anyone death with this? How did it work out?

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  2. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    South Puget Sound, WA
    I think what you want in new construction is either a good quality, EPA zero-clearance fireplace or consider putting in a freestanding stove if the goal is 24/7 heating with wood. The difference between contractor grade zc fireplaces and a good EPA unit is day and night. You will also have the option of ducting the heat from a good unit to another location in the house for more even heating. Some good companies are BIS, Kozy, FPX and some newer units are on the market now from Pacific Energy, Valcourt and others.

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