Vogelzang 'The Colonial' Fireplace Insert, Model# TR004
Average at best
We bought this because we were sick of the 400 dollar natural gas bills in the winter and thought it would be a great addition to the house. Its a good fireplace but please don't think this unit will heat an entire house. Our house is about 2000 sq ft. I didn't expect to heat the whole house but I did expect it to heat the bottom floor. It basically heats one room and that's the room its in. Don't fall for the "it heats 1800 sq ft" because it wouldn't heat that much if that area was completely wide open. As I said, its a good addition to a room that you spend a lot of time in but don't expect it to take the place of your furnace. Its an adequate at best add on.
November 24, 2013
Purchsed this wood stove last winter and used it for about three months and it heats my 2000 sf home with ease. Best home improvment purchase i have made in years. Easy installation and looks great.
May 24, 2010
Vogelzang The Colonial Fireplace Insert, Model# TR
I installed this at the first of the year and have been using it almost every night. We bought this so we wouldn't have to run our heater so much. To our surprise the heater hardly runs at all anymore. This unit really puts out a lot of heat for it's size. This is our first experience with a wood stove and we couldn't be happier.
February 26, 2010
suites my needs......
i have a small fireplace so i did not have a lot of options.turns out i dont need a bigger insert than the vogelzang ,it heats my hole downstairs.i wish i could get it to heat my upstairs without a fan sitting on my stair blowing the air up.but all in all the unit is very good and for that price i will make my money back in heating fuel real soon. ps.there is a problem with the fan ,but like others had said just dont connect it to the unit and pull it away a couple of inches and it is good to go.also very easy to install, i did it myself with a little research.have a nice day and stay warm!!!!!!!!!!
February 17, 2010
Vogelzang The Colonial Fireplace Insert
This little fireplace insert does the job for our family. We have a raised ranch about 1400 sq ft. It heats the enitre first floor. Gives a nice heat and burns for 3-3 1/2 hours depending on the damper. The only down side to this stove is the blower can be designed a little better. You need to blow of the blower fan blades, as dust will build up and will affect the performance of the blower. Also, we have returned the first blower after 3 months of use because of a loud clicking sound it would make. The company Vogelzang is excellent at responding to customer questions and concerns. I called on a Sunday and by Monday a customer service rep had called me back and took all of my information, sending me a new blower and UPS label to ship back the old unit within 3 days. Service was excellent. The only other down side to this unit is the access to clean out the old ashes. It does not have an ash tray under neath the fire bed. It can be a little annoying but for the price of the unit and customer service makes up for this unit. Over all I rate this as a good product.
February 15, 2010
Happy in Georgia
I installed my insert this weekend. It went very smoothly. I burnt wood in it for 48 hours, and very happy with it. It is very efficient. I have another wood stove about the same size in the house and it burns hotter, but not as efficiently. The fan is good, not too loud. Would like it to blow more air, but it is ok. I have about 2,000 sq. ft. This one is in the front living room and the other is in the back den. My house now seems to be very even in temp throughout the house.
I did have to cut the metal plate, but wanted it to go behind my mantle instead of in front, as it was design to be. If you have a flat mantle face, it will not need to cut. It cut easily with my jig saw.
The service provided by Northen tools was great. It was delivered on time and I was informed the whole time what the status was. I would use Northern Tools again.
February 15, 2010
Great insert.. once blower is modified
Had the insert about 2 weeks now. Had to give 4 out of 5 stars due to the blower. It does take some work to get it to move air effectively. If the blower worked well from the start, it would get 5 stars. Now, it puts out a lot of heat. I don't think there is a better value insert out there.
February 13, 2010
vogelzang woodstove insert
Purchased the stove a month ago, well built and looks nice. Easy to install because the back is on a 45 degree angle giving extra room for hooking up liner. The only downside is the blower being noisy on high and not blowing enough air out. I solved this by removing the metal air deflector in front of blower and positioning the blower 2 inches away from the stove with the cord being on the left as you are looking at it. My house is 2000 sq feet had it burning on an 8 degree night and kept the first floor 72 degrees and upstairs around 67.
February 1, 2010
Of course, we would all like to feel that we made the best decision out of all the possible options. I can only say that I probably made the best decision for this price point. Unfortunately, as I was converting from a decorative gas log prefab fireplace, I had to replace the entire chimney, which added about $1000 to my little insert project.
The insert is fine. I like the pewter color. I like to watch the flames and you can still hear the pops. As others have mentioned, the variable speed fan is a mess of poor engineering. It would probably be better to put an ocillating fan in front of it. The insert won't burn overnight. At least I've not been able to get it to do so. There will however, be the occasional hot coal remaining.
I trimmed the surround down to fit on the inside of my brick facia and it looks fine, but was a booger to cut and grind.
All in all, I'm happy, but my mother's free standing Fisher step stove will still run rings around this Vogelzang "Colonial".
December 28, 2009
Unlike Consumer Reports I don't have the luxury of comparing this unit's performance to those of other manufacturers in a side-by-side test. I cannot say if it is any better or worse. I can say, however, that I am quite pleased. First, delivery was prompt and there were no issues. In fact, the unit was on backorder and I took a chance and ordered it anyway. I was afraid I'd be wrestling with Northern Tool in January trying to get a refund. But, no, it was here in a week. It totally exceeded my expectations. As previously pointed out, the fire box is rather small. You won't be able to put any "all-nighter" logs into it. The viewing glass is large enough for nice viewing. I was concerned that it would be too small. I was also afraid that the stove looked too "industrial" in the photos. I was pleasantly surprised. It looks just fine. It's no Vermont Castings but it isn't going to appear out of place. I read irate reviews about other stoves that were photographed with a surround but didn't actually include one. This one comes with a surround. Too me, that is a $100 throw-in right there. I am disappointed with the fan. First, it would be nice if it were thermostatically controlled. I'd like it to blow harder when the stove is very hot and back-of f when it is less so. However, the fan is controlled by a simple dial. Personally, I find the fan rather loud and noticeable. And, for the amount of noise, it isn't pushing a whole lot of air. I suppose I will have to work on it to increase its effectivity. But with a bit more engineering, this could have been overcome by the designers. Also, I've heated my home in Vermont with a woodfurnace for years. With that stove, I can cut off the input air and actually quench the fire. With this one, I cannot. That concerns me a little. I'd like to feel that I can throttle back a fire to the extreme if necessary. Bottom line, I didn't see anything out there in this price range that included a surround that could challenge the price. I feel like this was a good purchase at a reasonable price.
November 14, 2009