I'm seriously considering installing a wood insert in our main floor family room and one of my concerns is that the heat from the insert may drive us out of the room. I want to get some opinions to determine if there is merit to this concern. We will still use our furnace as the primary source of heat, but the insert will provide supplementary heat and ambiance (possibly reducing the load on the furnace and allowing us to turn down the temperature while the insert is in use). Currently I see us using it some evenings and weekends as I don't think loading it in the morning is realistic. I included a sketch the main floor. All ceilings are 8 feet high. The room is about 200 sq ft but has two open doorways to the adjacent kitchen and hall way. There is an open staircase in the hallway which I would think will allow some heat to rise to the second floor. Each floor is about 1400 sq ft. We are leaning towards a flush style insert, but are still just identifying models that will fit. The current fireplace has the following approximate dimensions: 32" wide at front 25" wide at back 21" deep 23.25" high (front opening is the lowest point) Any comments and suggestions are appreciated. My thoughts are determine if an insert is feasible and if so start collecting wood this spring. Possible installation this summer or next. From my reading here I realize the wood may not be fully seasoned for next winter, but you need to start somewhere.