Century Heating Wood Stove Fireplace Insert - 65,000 BTU, Model# CB00005
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
Exactly as advertised
I use this as supplemental heating in a 2500 sq ft home in the southeast US. It works very well, and is efficient, doesn't use much wood, and keeps the chill off. Only complaint I have is the fan is loud and I've been unable to dream up a quieter fan. It is exactly what it claims to be. It puts out a lot of heat for the size, requires ash cleanup, and a dedicated flue.
October 30, 2012
Efficiency is 75%. It is very easy on the amount of wood burned. A fire is very easy to start. A hand full of kindling and a few newspapers or cardboard and you have a fire going. You can really control the fire burning with the damper control on front of the stove. It is similar to the accelerator on your car. Open the damper and it "takes off". Close the damper and it slows down immediately. To really know how hot your stove is burning I recommend a magnetic thermometer to attach to the front right side of your stove. I really like my stove.
May 14, 2012
I purchased the product due to the great reviews and cold winters in New York. The product was only able to heat a medium size room up to under 65 degrees, cuasing up to supplement with oil. The firebox is small, and can only use a few small pieces at a time. When my husband was refilling it when the glass was hot, it cracked with a small amount of pressure. This was about a month after we had purchased it. I am overall disappointed in the size, and output of heat.
May 8, 2012
Century Heating Wood Insert
I bought the Century for its smaller exterior size to fit my fireplace opening and reasonable price and was pleasantly surprised with its outstanding performance. It seems to be a relatively simple design with easily removable fire brick which gives access to the inside of the flue so you can set the chimney pipe. The insert air intake design seems to be close to optimum and can burn up to 8 hrs depending on wood quality. The insert is extremely air tight even with the generously sized window. The circulating fan is smartly mounted under a welded steel shelf which comes in handy catching debris from the firebox. Overall, this is an excellent product for the price and would highly recommend for heating and to add a warm atmosphere.
May 7, 2012