My post commenting on how much I am enjoying the quiet of my wood stove after having had an insert with a fan for eleven years morphed into a thread talking about getting more heat out of an insert. A few times now in different threads I've read comments where people have said they have burned their inserts for one reason or another with their surrounds removed for a time. Since most inserts don't look very attractive with their surrounds off it got me wondering if it would make sense to cut some slots or drill some holes in the top section of an insert surround to let some of that trapped heat escape back into the room? Of course, you would have to have a stop plate installed, but it's best practice to have one anyway. If the surround was raised an inch or so off the hearth it should get a nice convection current started that could move some hot air out the holes.