Should I upgrade to Lopi 1750

Yarmoth6

New Member
Dec 19, 2017
9
Asheville
hi! I ended up getting the 1250i Lopi. We heat it up in our 1100 sq foot home. We can only get it up to 71 degrees though in the house while the rooms still not super hot. I was hoping for 80!
Is this because we are not packing enough wood in? I mean I fit up to 3-4 logs at a time and seems hot. With a fan too
So if we upgrade to the 1750i will I get what I’m looking for? Or a super hot living room as good as it gets even with the 1750i upgrade?
Thanks!
 

bholler

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Jan 14, 2014
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central pa
How is your current insert installed (is thete a block off plate and insulation behing the insert) and what is the moisture content and species of wood being used.
 

bholler

Chimney sweep
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Jan 14, 2014
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central pa
Also what is your burning procedure and is the firebox full with those 3 or 4 logs?
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
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South Puget Sound, WA
Going up in size would increase the output a bit and provide a longer burn time between reloads, but that may not help if the heat loss is great in the house. Before replacing the insert, check other factors that bholler mentioned to get more heat out of the insert.
 

Yarmoth6

New Member
Dec 19, 2017
9
Asheville
Also what is your burning procedure and is the firebox full with those 3 or 4 logs?
There is no insulation on the inside of the fire place part but the typical black metal shield
I try to load wood north/south so with a such a small box I have to cut logs down to 11”...can usually fit 3-5 after a while
Not sure on wood. I believe oak and redwood from local guys.
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
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South Puget Sound, WA
If this is purchased wood it may not be fully seasoned, especially if some of the wood is oak. Poorly seasoned wood is going to put out a lot less heat than fully seasoned wood. Do you have a friend that dries their oak for a couple years? That's how long oak or hickory will take to dry out. You might try some construction cutoffs (2x4s or 2x6) and mix them in with the cord wood to see if that gets a hotter fire going. I'd also get a stove top thermometer so that you have some reference for the stove temperature. And try to keep the ash lip cleaner. Otherwise the ash may get sucked into the blower.
 

blacktail

Minister of Fire
Sep 18, 2011
1,414
Western WA
Load 'er up with dry wood.
There's enough room on top for a magnetic thermometer. My 1250 has no problem running at 600° on a full load.
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blacktail

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Sep 18, 2011
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Western WA
Is your house at 71° after burning all day? It takes a long time to get the house warmed up if it's cooled off. How cold is it outside?
 

begreen

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DBoon

Minister of Fire
Jan 14, 2009
1,175
Central NY
My Answer (1250) will heat my house 1250 square foot home in Central NY until it is down to about 20 degrees outside. You have to pack it full, and the wood has to be dry. I'm assuming that you have the blower, and that helps a lot as well. I have mine installed in a fireplace alcove, so it is a similar install to your insert.
 

Yarmoth6

New Member
Dec 19, 2017
9
Asheville
My Answer (1250) will heat my house 1250 square foot home in Central NY until it is down to about 20 degrees outside. You have to pack it full, and the wood has to be dry. I'm assuming that you have the blower, and that helps a lot as well. I have mine installed in a fireplace alcove, so it is a similar install to your insert.
Is that an insert?
 

DBoon

Minister of Fire
Jan 14, 2009
1,175
Central NY
No, but it runs like an insert. It is in a fireplace alcove with the glass flush with the fireplace masonry front. There is about 6" around the top and sides of the stove. I run a blower to get the heat out. The Answer (1250) stove and insert models are essentially the same stove - they are both double-jacketed construction. With a blower, I would say they operate with the same heat output.