Century Heating High-Efficiency Wood Stove Fireplace Insert - 65,000 BTU, EPA-Certified, Model# CB00005
I bought this this past summer to find another way to heat the house and cut on power bills. So far the stove has been used at least 24 times in a 1500 Sq Ft home built in the 60's. With the non-open layout and a couple fans working with the blower I can keep the house at 70 degrees on average. My power bill has already gone down by 35%. The blower did have a "rattle" but that was taken care of with a little weather stripping added to the bottom of the blower. I am very pleased with this product.
Easy to use.
Needs ash tray
November 25, 2013
Best Value: Solid Performing EPA Phase II Stove
I've been running this stove now for 3 seasons burning around 5 cords a season (Oct to May) and I really, really like this stove.
I installed an insulated, full length 6" SS flexi pipe with proper chimney cap and also fabricated my own insulated damper opening cap in order to get the best performance out of the stove.
With that said, this little stove has NO problem at all primary heating our 1953 built, brick, poorly insulated, 1,200sq ft home in Lakewood, CO (5,500 ft). We cut our natural gas usage by 80% in the winter! Wood can be had for free (contact some local tree guys) so we paid off our stove, chainsaw and a used splitter in around 3 years by not paying utilities (plus 35% tax credit). Not to mention the physical and psychological benefits from the fantastic radiant heat and beautiful light provided by a wood stove with a window.
After around 15 cords of wood burnt in the CB00005, she's no worse for wear aside from the bricks getting beat up a bit. The only thing I've had to do is change the door gasket at the end of the third season but that's simple to do and inexpensive maintenance.
Properly seasoned wood is a prerequisite but EPA phase II secondary combustion provides a clean burn. So clean in fact, that my neighbors rarely know I'm burning as there is very little visible smoke being exhausted once the fire has heated up enough. Again, assuming one is burning properly seasoned wood.
- THE best value for an EPA phase II rated stove
- Excellent performance for the size
- Includes blower
- Good quality and well built
- Made in Canada
- Good efficiency
- Qualifies for tax credit
- Light enough for one person to move around and install
- Ash tray would be nice
- Firebox becomes a bit small once ash and coals build up
October 31, 2013
I absolutely love my insert
I purchased my insert nov. 2012. I couldn't use it until Dec.20 the day I had it professionally installed because brickwork on my hearth had to be lowered. That evening we fired it up and I couldn't believe that my house started to heat up. I have to admit I had my doubts but lots of my friends have inserts.
The installer taught me some tricks about convection and that is to set a small fan (for example in areas you think the heat won't get to,) put it on low to blow along the floor and it pushes the cold air towards the heat and sucks the heat back towards the fan. It worked.
My entire home is comfortable during the winter. I like it a little cooler in my bedroom so its perfect. I set my furnace on 62 to kick in at night but during the day and before going to bed i get the house up to 75 with the insert. In the morning i get it stoked back up and i only have to use the furnace for maybe an hour.
Wood make a big difference last year i used lots of junk wood a very soft woods and i burned a lot of wood. This year i already have have 2 riqs of strickly pecan wood and i can already tell the difference one day that i have ran my insert.
I don't have any issues with my fan. I keep it low so the box stays as hot as possible but my home stays around 73 74 during the day my record is 78.
This is a great product
October 31, 2013
I started using the insert this year and so far I am unable to get any good performance. The fire does not stay light with the draft control all the way to the right unless i keep the door open. I soon as i close the door the fire goes out. The fan is on but no hot air is blowing through the house. I am disappointed because i was looking forward to saving money on my heating cost this year.
October 26, 2013
Century fireplace insert
I don't usually write reviews, actually this is probably the first one I've ever wrote. But it just seemed altogether proper to do so considering the wonderful experience I have had with my century fireplace insert. I bought it in February of 2013. I didn't feel like I should have to pay for the liftgate service so I had it delivered to a local lumberyard and they only charged me $25 to bring it directly to my house and then used their construction forklift to put it right in my garage.
I have to admit that I bought a premium flu liner system. All stainless steel construction and insulated to boot. Since my existing fireplace already had what is known as a heatform fireplace in it, installation of the insert wasn't exactly something that most people could do. But since I'm pretty handy with a cutting torch, in about two hours I had a hole big enough to put the six-inch liner through and the rest was pretty much standard stuff. I actually watched a couple how to videos on YouTube and that made installation even that much easier.
I have about 1100 ft.² house and even when it got down to 15° outside the insert performed remarkably well. Basically it can raise the inside temperature about 7° per hour and that's not with the very large fire at all. It doesn't use very much wood. There are many days that I cannot run the blower at full speed because it would just get too hot inside, seriously. Some people have mentioned that the blower was noisy. I found that to be absolute nonsense. I also read that some people thought the blower was too small. I can't imagine putting a larger blower in it, it would just be too hot. The air wash system keeps the glass clean for the most part. Of course, there are times when the glass gets dirty probably because I let the wood get too close to it. But cleaning it's not a problem at all.
All in all, I highly recommend this stove. It works well and for the money is probably one of the best buys out there. Really, I'm not just saying that. I shopped around for quite a while. Hope this helps.
April 25, 2013
I bought this stove as a supplemental heat source to my oil boiler. I can't say enough on how this stove heats my 1700 sq foot bungalow. I also bought the stainless steel liner and had the stove installed in about 4 hours. I am very much impressed with the amount heat that this stove throws out. It starts throwing out heat within minutes of lighting a fire. I read several of the reviews about the blower so before I installed the stove, I disconnected the blower housing from the stove and re-tightened the screws under the blower housing. The blower sounds fine. I have noticed no unusual sounds nor does it interrupt any family movies. I would definately recommend this stove if you looking to heat a small area (less than 2000 sq feet).
March 29, 2013
I Love this Woodstove
I am sitting here in front of a roaring fire on New Year's Eve. I love that I get to see the fire and enjoy the benefits of a woodstove's efficiency.
I have enjoyed substantially lower fuel bills than I had in previous years. It has been pleasant to have a place in the house that is truly toasty.
I can't recommend this enough.
December 31, 2012
Goodbye oil bill
This insert is the cats meow. I did everything right, stainless steel liner, insulated, blank off plate. Load it up with wood and it burns forever compared to the old inefficient fireplace that would go through wood and not even heat up the room unless it was burning for hours. This thing throws off heat right away. Do not listen to the people about the fan being noisy. I am an HVAC technician by trade and listen to blower motors all day. This thing whispers. What would take all day and loads of wood to achieve, this thing does in an hour. I shopped around at local dealers who wanted to charge an arm and a leg for an equal stove. This thing really fits the bill and I'm hoping it will reduce my home heating costs as I have loads of wood around here and don't mind doing a little work to heat my home if it saves me $$$.
December 8, 2012
This Century insert is a great buy... Well built, easy to install and is a real wood "sipper". The seperate trim kit is a must for a nice professional look!
December 6, 2012
I purchased this insert on sale in the spring of 2012 from Norther Tool. I rebuilt my fireplace (cracked broken bricks and hearth) I used tile for the rebuild (see photo). I have used wood for heat in other houses, this time we wanted to stop the waste of a standard fireplace and supplement our natural gas heat. Thiis insert works great! Right now outside temperature is 13 degrees inside is 73. My house is a ranch style well insulated 1500 sf with the living, dinning and kitchen open area and 3 bedrooms down a hallway. The bedrooms stay mostly cool at 65 or so, just right for us. I read somewhere that moving hot air is difficult but moving cool air is best. We put a small floor fan blowing from the hallway toward the living dinning areas and that works well. We have not turned on the gas heater so far this year, that is better than we expected. We also relined our chimney with a stainless steel liner and insulation as well. Easy to get a fire going and it stays going with the draft mechanism. We have a fairly tall chimney above the roof so that may be the reason we have such good control and ease of starting a fire. Also the insulation is supposed to keep the chimney warm for a better air flow. I am surprised how little wood this insert uses.
The cons-- Fire box is small, larger logs will fit in but only one at a time, small fire + good heat = less wood.
Fan is noisey for sure, I have found that with the fan on medium the air from the opening is much warmer than with the fan on high. I took the fan aparatus apart and installed rubber between the metal mounting parts to ease the vibration and that has helped a lot.
Overall this insert works great for our home, the price was well worth it. With the rebuild our home "look" is so much better. I hope this helps with your decision.
November 16, 2012