Recommendations for Wood burning insert

TaylorVett

New Member
Jan 28, 2019
5
Kentucky
I am so confused by all the different options for wood burning inserts. I found an amazing deal on Costco for the Drolet 1800 escape. $1400 and it includes the liner! However, reviews have said that the fan is annoyingly loud. So now I'm back to square one and could use some insight. I will be placing the insert in my family room with vaulted ceilings and approximately 600 sqft. Our ranch home is 2000 sqft total, with an additional 800 in the basement. Would be nice if it helped heat the rest of the house, but I'm mainly looking for added warmth in the family room. My budget is $2000, what would you purchase/have purchased in the past?
 

bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
21,004
central pa
I am so confused by all the different options for wood burning inserts. I found an amazing deal on Costco for the Drolet 1800 escape. $1400 and it includes the liner! However, reviews have said that the fan is annoyingly loud. So now I'm back to square one and could use some insight. I will be placing the insert in my family room with vaulted ceilings and approximately 600 sqft. Our ranch home is 2000 sqft total, with an additional 800 in the basement. Would be nice if it helped heat the rest of the house, but I'm mainly looking for added warmth in the family room. My budget is $2000, what would you purchase/have purchased in the past?
What type and size firplace do you have
 

bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
21,004
central pa
Masonry fireplace. 30.5" W, 20.5" L, 31 " D
Drolet makes good entry level stoves I would not be afraid to get it. I would recommend insulting the liner though. I am sure at that price there is no insulation
 

yooper08

Minister of Fire
Jan 4, 2016
618
South Lyon, MI
I have a cousin to the 1800-I (virtually the same except a few items that don't impact performance), you will be happy with it.

Like bholler said, you'll want (and more than likely require for code purposes) liner insulation, so you'll need to get that separately. You may also want to get quotes for the install before you purchase, just so you know your total cost. Be prepared to spend north of $2000 all in if you have someone install it for you.
 

TaylorVett

New Member
Jan 28, 2019
5
Kentucky
I found someone to install for $1,000 if I provide the liner, which seems like a steal too. Just searching online, I found an insulated liner for around $600. $3,000 all in isn't a bad deal. Just worried about everyone's reviews for the fan noise....click on the link below and you can hear the noise I'm referring to.

 

yooper08

Minister of Fire
Jan 4, 2016
618
South Lyon, MI
I may be wrong on this but I'd consider that kind of fan noise an exception and not the norm. SBI, parent of Drolet, makes a good product. I would think if you got a fan like that, they'd either help you fix it or replace it under warranty. They've been helpful and responsive the couple of times I've dealt with them.

As for liner insulation, it helps with performance of the flue (keeps flue gases hotter, minimizing creosote buildup) and it is a safety thing (in event of a chimney fire, helps keep the rest of the house safe). There's really no downside to it.
 

Easy Livin’ 3000

Minister of Fire
Dec 23, 2015
2,665
SEPA
I found someone to install for $1,000 if I provide the liner, which seems like a steal too. Just searching online, I found an insulated liner for around $600. $3,000 all in isn't a bad deal. Just worried about everyone's reviews for the fan noise....click on the link below and you can hear the noise I'm referring to.

No need to buy another liner. The insulation can be purchased and applied by you or the installer, I think I paid about $200. It shows up rolled up in a box with a can of the spray adhesive and the steel mesh that you pull over it like a sock. Easy job. Maybe 30 minutes.
 

TaylorVett

New Member
Jan 28, 2019
5
Kentucky
No need to buy another liner. The insulation can be purchased and applied by you or the installer, I think I paid about $200. It shows up rolled up in a box with a can of the spray adhesive and the steel mesh that you pull over it like a sock. Easy job. Maybe 30 minutes.
Is this what you're talking about?

https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1VFKB_enUS741US741&biw=1455&bih=673&tbm=shop&ei=a_5SXOGtJ4iWsQWI0Z7IAw&q=insulation+for+chimney+liner&oq=insulation+for+chimney+liner&gs_l=psy-ab.3..33i299k1l3.8537.9476.0.9644.8.8.0.0.0.0.121.791.4j4.8.0....0...1c.1.64.psy-ab..1.3.313...33i10k1.0.uNYBqqB-NPM#spd=3124360487090208181
 

vwmike

Feeling the Heat
Oct 7, 2013
293
Chilliwack, BC, Can.
I wouldn't stress about the fan noise. You will notice it at first but it tends to become white noise and go unnoticed after a while, at least that's what I've always found with the fans on my stoves, and I have one between my chair and the tv in my living room.