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Thinking about getting a gas fireplace insert - what do you think of these?

Post in 'It's a Gas!' started by TC63, Sep 26, 2013.

  1. TC63

    TC63 New Member

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    I've seen a heat & glo Escape i35 & grand i35 along with Avalon DVL. Does anyone have any of these inserts? If so, any recommendations? Also is it worth the extra $ for the Escape i35 since it is more efficient? Will we notice the difference between 85.8% to 78.5% efficiency?

    thanks,

    Tom

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  2. Ironhorse74

    Ironhorse74 Member

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    Tom try looking at a Mendota FV-44i. It will out perform either of those. Looks better too
  3. DAKSY

    DAKSY Patriot Guard Rider Staff Member

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    The HnG inserts are good inserts & they have a realistic flame presentation as well.
    Can't speak for Avalon units, as I only have experience with their free-standing stoves.
    Mendota makes quality units, as do Regency & Jotul, among others.
    I will be installing an Escape 35i in the next few weeks & I will be able to talk
    more about that particular unit after that happens.
    The efficiency is something to be considered, but the amount of heat that stays in your
    home is more important. You need to make sure your home is weather-tight & adequately
    insulated, BEFORE you worry about the efficiency...
  4. TC63

    TC63 New Member

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    We selected the RH Peterson direct vent gas fireplace insert. We felt it looked the best and provided the most features. Does anyone have this insert?

    thanks,

    Tom
  5. A1Stoves.com

    A1Stoves.com Minister of Fire

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    i didn't even know they made stuff other than gas log sets...
    i would have recommended the Avalon
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  6. DAKSY

    DAKSY Patriot Guard Rider Staff Member

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    First I've heard of them being in the insert business, myself, but here they are...

    http://www.rhpeterson.com/realfyre/directvent/
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  7. A1Stoves.com

    A1Stoves.com Minister of Fire

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    Yeah, i had to g00gle it myself.
  8. RockyMtnHigh

    RockyMtnHigh Feeling the Heat

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    Archgard is a good bang for the buck unit. Good heat, lower cost, great efficiency and a nice view as well. I also can vouch for the FV44-I from Mendota being a SWEET unit.
  9. Jane02556

    Jane02556 New Member

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    We have just ordered a Mendota FV44i, as we have a friend with one and he really likes it. We have burned wood for 40 years and are tired of the work, though we did get free oak. The gas company will be bringing our new pipe in soon we hope. So I am gladly reading about the Mendotas here, as well as the manuals that we have downloaded. I do have a few questions which I will ask here soon as I have finished the reading.
    I am very glad to have found this great forum!
    Thanks,
    Jane
  10. RockyMtnHigh

    RockyMtnHigh Feeling the Heat

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    Mendota makes high quality stuff. The FV44i has a beautiful burn and kicks out some heat. The choice of fronts and doors is amazing as well. I think you'll be VERY happy with that unit. Keep plenty of spare batteries around for the remote and receiver!

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