Narrow fireplace, what are my options?

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butterslax

New Member
Feb 10, 2019
3
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Hey all,

I'm looking at putting an insert into my fireplace but I'm not entirely sure what my options are due to its shape -- it gets narrow from front to back. The opening of the fireplace is 31.25"l x 23" h and it is 17" w. The issue is that the fireplace is only 23"l at the back. I was just wondering if this is normal for fireplaces and whether putting an insert in is possible -- a standalone woodstove isn't an option for me because the room this is going in is relatively small. I was looking at the Drolet Escape 1400 insert available at Costco (in Canada), but I don't think it would fit.

Thanks!
 

TWilk117

Feeling the Heat
Dec 20, 2018
256
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
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I don’t know anything about the Drolet. More information about your situation would be helpful. Room size, square feet of the house? Are you looking for ambiance/ supplemental heat or primary heat/ long burn times?


Take a look at this one. It has its roots in Nova Scotia. http://www.marinestove.com/codinfo.htm
I have one on my fireplace hearth vented up through the chimney. Short burn times though.
 

butterslax

New Member
Feb 10, 2019
3
Halifax, Nova Scotia
View attachment 240534 I don’t know anything about the Drolet. More information about your situation would be helpful. Room size, square feet of the house? Are you looking for ambiance/ supplemental heat or primary heat/ long burn times?


Take a look at this one. It has its roots in Nova Scotia. http://www.marinestove.com/codinfo.htm
I have one on my fireplace hearth vented up through the chimney. Short burn times though.


The room size is about 15x12, total square footage of the house is 1400sq ft. We're looking for supplemental heat, particularly on really cold days/nights when the heat pump cuts out.
 

butterslax

New Member
Feb 10, 2019
3
Halifax, Nova Scotia
My fireplace is shaped similarly to yours and I recently had a Timber Wolf EPI22 installed as an insert. Great unit. Very happy with it. The insert is a bit out on the mantle to accommodate the shape but otherwise I think it looks great.

https://timberwolffireplaces.com/products/wood-burning-inserts/epi22/

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That Timberwolf is really nice, I just read some specs on it though and it says the minimum width is 25 7/8" wide and 14" d. At 14"d, it looks like I have about 25 3/4" width maximum.