Drolet Fireplace Wood Insert, Model# DB03120
With some maintenance, we have a toasty home
The winter after moving into our new home, we soon realized the heat pump wasn't going to cut it and we needed supplemental heat. We chose this simple-looking insert with a window so we could still enjoy seeing the fire, plus Northern Tool's price and reviews on this insert were good.
At first, it consistently took an entire hour to get the box hot enough to turn the blower on. We moved the thermostat to a different location at the front of the unit and now it comes on within about 20 minutes, depending on how cold the house is.
This unit says it heats 1600 sq ft and our house is over 1900 sq ft, so we put a small wall-mount fan to blow the heat down the hallway to the bedrooms. On the most frigid days, we close off the extra bedrooms, turn the heat pump off completely (b/c it will just blow out cold air, anyway), make sure we keep the stove burning, and we are thankfully warm. Even when the record-setting temps were -10 windchill last month, we could keep the house at around 70 with some work. (We have old double-pane windows, and our house was built in 1975.)
Consider the size of the firebox when purchasing--I wish it was a little larger to hold enough wood to last through most of the night, but we have to get up at least once to keep it going.
Also, the cover on the front of our unit rattled like crazy, as did some others I've read about here. We stuck a shim under it to where you couldn't see it and this has worked fine.
We just had a VERY cold Dec. and Jan.-- we were able to come home to add wood at lunch time to keep the fire going and the heat pump never had to turn on. There are only two of us, and our electric bills were $138 and $123! This wood stove is well on its way to paying for itself.
February 6, 2014
Great stove for the $$
Stove works really well. Puts off a nice amount of heat for its size and the blower unit is excellent. There is a learning curve on setting the air control so that stove doesn't burn too hot, but that is normal for any stove, as they all have unique burn qualities. A good buy.
January 24, 2014
I purchased and installed this insert in December, I am in Michigan and it has been bitterly cold so far this year.I have 1500 Sq Ft home and this insert will heat the entire home. The chimney liner was a bit of a challenge to install, but otherwise the install was not that difficult. Others have complained of the fan noise, but mine is very quiet, I can not think of a single negative issue with this insert, if you are looking for a way to supplement or even heat your home, for the price, this insert is the ticket. It's not the fanciest looking unit, but I like the plain contemporary look of the insert. One of the best purchases I have made for the house. BTW , as usual, Northern Tool was awesome.
January 19, 2014
We love this stove! Installed in Dec. of 2011. We first thought would only use on the weekends. Now we burn it every night. Our family room is toasty at 78 degrees, and the heat flows easily through the rest of the house and upstairs in our 1900 sq ft home. I put a jumper across the temperature switch, so that the blower can be turned on sooner manually. Some people complain about rattle from the blower. Just put a piece of weather stripping on the bottom of the plate above the blower as a cusion, and everything is nice and quiet. This stove makes winter much more enjoyable. Highly recommend!
October 28, 2013
i installed the drolet in late march have had six fires so far due to the cold spring.heater works great with the new flex liner.word of caution,invest in a 45 degree stainless ellbow,.six inch flex vent does not bend to well if the top of the fireplace is somewhat over the six inch outlet of the insert.the blower is super quiet.installed the larger faceplate looks great with the field stone fireplace,allthough had to do some filling in between the stone in order to have the faceplate fit fluch.you can't go wrong with this heater.
April 12, 2013
This Stove is Awsome
I bought this stove on December 2011, I did the installation almost by myself. The liner was a little tricky I had to get some professional help with it. The stove has been amazing the first winter, I only have two oil deliveries due to automatic Delivery. These 2 two deliveries were about 50gallons each. I told the oil company that I will call them when I need oil. I just spent this winter which was a very cold one without buying any oil. I started with 3/4 of a 275-gal oil tank. I still have 1/4 of a tank left. I wish everybody would consider doing the same thing, this would contribute in lower demand in Oil which would force the Oil companies to lower the price. I just wished the installation manual was more explicit, I spent a few hours trying figure out certains parts. Overall, I am very happy with my little stove.
April 3, 2013
Exactly what I paid for
I purchased this stove to install as a supplementary source of heat in a 1890 Victorian that is 1700sq ft. There is an existing old fireplace that is very small and hasn't had a fire in over 40 yrs. I installed a dura vent ss liner without issue and then this stove. The stove is very compact ( although still a little large for my fireplace I had to make some modifications to the brick) and gives off great heat for its size. I wish I could have gone bigger but for what I have this is working great. The fan circulates a lot of air and on high is still quiet enough not to be annoying. It did take a while to get the first burn going but then caught right on. I am only on my first overnight burn but I made it about 5 hours, which I expected from reading the reviews. I think with some practice and proper wood choice we can stretch that to about 7. Overall, seems to be a well crafted product that performs to expectation. If you are looking to heat a 2000 sq ft ranch, find another stove, but for a nice supplement to other heat sources on smaller two story houses....look no further.
December 16, 2012
Grandma is toasty warm
Installed the Drolet insert in our 1200 ft2 guest(grandma) house.
The stove has exceeded our expectations. It uses very little wood and puts out tremendous heat. Ready for colder weather and lower electric bills. This is our second Drolet from NT (have Myriad in our house) and would highly recommend them.
December 3, 2012
Took only around 2 hours to install with 2 people. Very easy to install. I ran 6" stainless steel liner from the insert to the top of the chimney, a total of 13' long. The draft is incredible and this thing puts off some heat. Once the blower gets going it heats my whole house easily to 75 degrees with the fan on half power. I have a 200sq ft split level and the heat does disperse nicely. Best investment ever. I did not use the front flashing piece because i have corner fireplace thats open on 2 sides. Looks perfect without it.
December 2, 2012
Purchased and installed this fireplace insert in August of 2011. Used it all last winter with great results, the old firebox unit used about 9 cords of wood, with this one I cut that down to about 3 with leftovers. I have a small house with poor insulation in the roof and the heat output is intense. It takes about 20 minutes to get the blower to kick in and within an hour can have the temp in the entire house up by 10 degrees! It is great! A small fire on those cold mornings will keep the house warm all day and keep the furnace from running. I would recommend this fireplace to anyone that is looking for a quality insert. The only draw back I encountered was the surround is awkward to install.
October 20, 2012