New large wood insert

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d1caswell

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Dec 31, 2020
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02050
Happy New Year...I am new to this forum and looking for advice as I don't have much background in this area. We are looking to purchase a new wood insert, R.O. is 29" by 39" 25" deep, I'm looking for most BTU's, longest burn. Wife wants one with largest viewing area, and lowest profile AKA sticks out the least. A while back we were looking at the Jotul 550, now with new EPA stuff we have looked into Osburn 2700 Matrix, Pacific Energy Super and Submit, Hearlthstone, and Regency CI 2700. Any I listed stay away from, or miss out on anything I should know about?
 

avsmusic1

Burning Hunk
Jul 26, 2012
218
CT
check out the lopi large flush mount insert (additional "faces" under fireplace xtrordinair)
 

Eric Minnis

New Member
Dec 25, 2020
34
NC
We are in the same boat. We actually sized our fireplace in the new house for the Jotul Rockland 550 and then they stopped making it due to the EPA requirements. I have heard that they should be releasing it or a slightly modified variant soon.

We have about 2000 Sq Ft upstairs so a larger insert is needed. I sure hope they bring back the 550.

We have a F-45 Jotul in the basement and love it. My wood is not as seasoned as it needs to be but we are still getting decent burn times and temps out of it. Amazing stove.
 

begreen

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Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
89,475
South Puget Sound, WA
If you are looking for good heat output, especially with the blower off, then one that projects out onto the hearth will work better. If you are looking for something that is flush, to please her, then note that it will always need the blower running. There is little radiant surface exposed on a flush insert besides the front door, so get a quiet unit.
 

d1caswell

New Member
Dec 31, 2020
3
02050
If you are looking for good heat output, especially with the blower off, then one that projects out onto the hearth will work better. If you are looking for something that is flush, to please her, then note that it will always need the blower running. There is little radiant surface exposed on a flush insert besides the front door, so get a quiet unit.

Really!?!?! I know when we are primarily using it for heat while not in the room or working the blower should be on but I would expect when the blower is off it would still throw a decent amount of heat. Right now I have an open fireplace with larger brick area than most I have seen. On cold days I get that fire place hotter than the blazes of hell and it radiates heat quite well, I know I'm losing probably 80% up the chimney. I will wake up the next morning and the bricks are still radiating heat.
 

avsmusic1

Burning Hunk
Jul 26, 2012
218
CT
Really!?!?! I know when we are primarily using it for heat while not in the room or working the blower should be on but I would expect when the blower is off it would still throw a decent amount of heat. Right now I have an open fireplace with larger brick area than most I have seen. On cold days I get that fire place hotter than the blazes of hell and it radiates heat quite well, I know I'm losing probably 80% up the chimney. I will wake up the next morning and the bricks are still radiating heat.
the blower is a must to get the most out of an insert. I used to have a regency 2400 which stuck out a bit and it would radiate an ok amount of heat but once the blower kicked on it would prob throw out 3x.
I would not classify that blower as quiet though.
 

begreen

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Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
89,475
South Puget Sound, WA

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
89,475
South Puget Sound, WA
the blower is a must to get the most out of an insert. I used to have a regency 2400 which stuck out a bit and it would radiate an ok amount of heat but once the blower kicked on it would prob throw out 3x.
I would not classify that blower as quiet though.
Inserts heat primarily by convection. Some convect naturally better than others, but yes heat output is boosted with the help of the blower. It sounds like the 2400 could use a speed control. I know that the PE blowers are not too bad for noise. It's a low hum at low and medium speeds. At high speed it is louder because of the air noise, but not something you would need to shout over.
 
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Minister of Fire
Nov 28, 2014
1,719
Northern Maine
I run my insert around 80% and the noise is more than manageable. It's not in a library. :rolleyes: