Recommendations for insert

Mercurydollar Posted By Mercurydollar, Jan 13, 2018 at 6:58 AM

  1. Mercurydollar

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    I have a 2000sq foot home. The fireplace opening is 35” wide 30” tall and 22” deep. My chimney is an interior chimney. 12’ tall and 10.5”x10.5” wide all the way down. Looking to spend 1000-1500 tops. Also a liner recommendation would be nice too.
     
  2. Bootstrap

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    I installed a Drolet 1800i. It came from woodstovepro.com for $1600. That's a tough price to beat for a good stove. The trio came with the stove, chimney liner with cap and the trim kit which I didn't use. I would recommend that, you can search DB03127. That's the part number for the Drolet 1800i trio. You could go with the Drolet 1400i but it probably would be insufficient for 2000 square feet.
    Are you looking for the stove to heat your house primarily or as a supplement? Primary heating from any wood stove can get tough to do when it gets down in near zero. And if you have a drafty house forget about it.
    My house isn't drafty, 1760 square foot cape and this stove works great as a supplement but the furnace still heats, usually in the middle of the night after the fire has burnt down a bit or if we get a wicked cold snap like lately.
     
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  3. Bootstrap

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    Here it my living room situation. The stove does better than I though it would. I get 6 hours of good solid heat out of it then itll start to die off. I can easily get the fire going again after 10 hours as theres coals still left at that point.

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  4. Mercurydollar

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  5. Mercurydollar

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    Do you have negative things you don’t like about your Drolet?
     
  6. ED 3000

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    I second the Drolet. I really like mine in season 3. I'm including a link that you should check out. Century stoves are essentially the same as Drolet (SBI makes both, same firebox, slightly different window-dressing).

    And if you liked $1,600, the linked deal is $1,200 with chimney liner, cap, and appliance connector.

    https://www.myfireplaceproducts.com/ProductDetails.aspx?ProdID=CB00006&Lang=EN
     
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  7. Mercurydollar

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    Would it be silly to buy a blaze king princess for my first insert and not having the knowledge of an experienced burner?
     
  8. begreen

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    A non-cat will be simpler and probably more forgiving of normal beginner mistakes. However, if you are a good reader and follow directions well then it could be ok. It is a more complex stove with higher maintenance, but not rocket science. If you have the proper flue height and dry wood you are 50% of the way there. The only thing that is awry is the budget.
     
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  9. Tar12

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    I noticed your chimney height is 12 ft. That might be a problem with draft...but you can always add to that.
     
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  10. Tegbert

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    I don’t think it is silly and as begreen said if you have dry wood and read up or ask questions in the bk performance thread you should be set.

    But your looking at least $1000 more for the princess alone from your first post stating your budget. You would still need an insulated liner and cap and such and bk also recommends 15’ minimum height too. The liner kit I got came with the liner pre insulated the cap and anchor plate at about $950. Price goes up of course for longer liners.

    So expect to pay around $2000 more or more depending on what you need to go the princess route. Unless you find a good used one or a dealer selling a display model.


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  11. Mercurydollar

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    Can anyone recommend a good brand of flexible pre insulated liner to good with?
     
  12. ED 3000

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    The Century and Drolet come with the liner. It's not insulated, but it's dead simple to apply it yourself, particularly at only 12' long. All you need is a flat, level surface. You'd have it done in 10 minutes.
     
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  13. Bootstrap

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    I have no complaints about my Drolet. It performs well, like most new EPA stoves would. If I had to change anything maybe, maybe I would consider a cat stove but from an ease of use standpoint this is as good as it gets. I seriously doubt we will burn more than three cords per winter. Plus my wife can load it no problem.
    New stoves like this really make wood burning enjoyable from harvesting wood all the way to the burn.
    Old stoves chased me out of wood burning for a few years because I just couldn’t load the wood fast enough. And they’d belch so much smoke it would choke out the neighbors and I live in a rural area. I for one wouldn’t want someone else’s wood stove smoke all over my house. That’s not an issue with my Drolet.
    So enjoyable.
     
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  14. Nanie

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    Building a new house at the NJ shore- The focal point will be a double sided fireplace- one side facing dining area and the other side facing family room of a 3200 sq ft house. Looking for an efficient natural gas insert - full view - arched -very plain - no louvers etc. We also will have a fireplace in the bedroom (30 or 32").

    I've done a lot of research and it looks like the quality gas inserts are Mendota, followed by Fireplace Xtrordinaire. We want to use the same manufacturer for both fireplace inserts.We just found out that Mendota does not have double-sided gas inserts. Should we go with Fireplace Xtrordinaire? Builder is puching for Heat n Glo - but I see a lot of bad reviews about them. I know we aren't supposed to talk brand names - but I need advice on choosing the right gas inserts which are backed by the manufacturer.
     
  15. Bootstrap

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    You posted in the wood stove section. There is a gas section for what you are looking to do.
     
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  16. Nanie

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    Okay, Thank you, Bootstrap.
     

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