Hello! I've read a lot on these forums but this is my first time actually creating an account and posting. I have a 28.75" from hearth height (29.5" height from bottom firebricks to top), 41" wide and 27" deep fireplace in a 2600 sq ft open ranch. The hearth extends out 14". Masonry fireplace, outside of house. This is the first winter using a CFM Corporation CW2500X00 fireplace insert I bought for $75. I tore it apart, repainted everything and put new gaskets in. I paid $1250 for a 6" stainless insulated liner with a new cap, installed. so not a lot of initial investment. Before we were just using an open fireplace and our heating bills would be around $600 plus per month, extremely inefficient. So far with the insert, it works well only if the outside temps are above 40 degrees. The house's thermostat is on the other side of the house and this insert keeps the house above 65 degrees, but only if the insert is running full open, all the time and I'm constantly feeding wood into it, and again, if the house temp is 40+. I only get about 3 hours burn time as well. I think the insert is too small. I believe it's a 1.5cubic inch firebox. It makes the room it's in cozy, but I'm really looking for something to supplement heat in our house, not just make it cozy. I'm thinking before next year insulating the fireplace with Roxul and a block off plate, but I still think the insert is just too small for the house. I'll still do all that whatever I put in the fireplace but thinking about selling this insert for something else. I don't have $3k plus for a new insert that doesn't seem much bigger than the one I have now (would love the Kuma Sequoia) so I've been researching putting a wood stove in my fireplace. I know I need a blower and I know it can't stick out very far, due to my 14" hearth. I can always buy a hearth extender, I understand. I'm concerned about the 28.75 clearance so I'm thinking about hiring something to raise the height of the opening a couple rows of bricks. Does anyone have any experience with this? I looking for something like this size wise: https://www.lowes.com/pd/US-Stove-Company-3000-sq-ft-Wood-Burning-Stove/3775871 I have a speeco 25 ton, Stihl MS261C-M and 2000 Chevrolet 2500 long bed. Cutting, splitting and hauling firewood is my happy place so I really want to use it to heat my whole house, even when the temps are sub 0. Any help would be appreciated. Day insert was installed: With shroud removed: My 2017 Stihl MS261C-M My son on the 67 Wheel horse Moose, my golden helping me load firewood.