Century Heating High-Efficiency Wood Stove Fireplace Insert - 65,000 BTU, EPA-Certified, Model# CB00005
Nice, but not the bee's knees.
If you can fit the stove and the metal flue, it is an easy install. However, I would go with a bigger stove. This stove can only take small logs which forced me to cut a lot of the logs I had to size. Short burn times means that you have to keep feeding it to get good heat. If your house is leaky this stove will increase the cold draft as it has no outside air intake. If your house is well insulated and you keep it running, it will keep the house toasty. Those with drafty homes need a freestanding stove with an outside air intake.
October 3, 2014
Saved money on my oil bill!!!
This insert was very easy to install.
Works great, warms up my 1000 sq ft home with no problem!!! I can fill it the night before and it lasts thoughout the night.
The glass is big enough to still be able to enjoy the look of a fireplace.
Overall, I have already recommended this insert to other friends and family.
March 10, 2014
This was the winter to get an insert installed and create a cozy home environment providing me with heat security. I had a corner fireplace so it was a bit complicated to find a unit which would work and my installer had to custom fit steel pieces to fully enclose the opening. I am so thrilled with this insert - heats my ranch style house, fire lasts until morning, so comfortable! Northern Tool was very helpful in answering my questions before I ordered. I looked locally but no one had exactly what I needed. Sure wish there was a store in Michigan!
February 5, 2014
installed it myself was easy only problem fan rattles so its nessary to chim it then all is fine this product has cut my wood use by 70% and increased the heat in our house.
February 4, 2014
This insert is phenomenally easy to install as well as easy to use. Wood burns well and the heat that is produce is enough for a couple of rooms. The blower circulates warm air throughout the room. After owning it for 3 years I broke the glass (way overpacked) and was able to get a new piece of glass within a week from northern tool. All in all a great wood stove insert.
February 4, 2014
Great for the money
I bought this in September of 2013 and installed it myself with a chimney liner. it was a very easy install. I had it inspected and started using it shortly after. while this does not completly heat my house it does a very good job on keeping my oil bills down. the bigest thing I learned about its use is that when starting it up I usually keep the door open until the box is hot and then I throw another log on and close the door putting the air control at 50%. this will keep some heat in the stove but give the fire enough air to really get going.
February 4, 2014
Warm & Toasty
Installed this product in October. We've had a colder than normal winter and this insert has worked great. It's kept our living room very comfortable. I highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a high quality wood burning insert at an affordable price.
February 3, 2014
We chose this wood stove after looking at local stores and reading all the reviews we were sure this was going to be what we needed. We are very disappointed.. we had the wood stove installed by a professional in our area. we have a open area in our home of about 1200 square feet and it just doesn't put out enough heat.;you have to keep damper down on low or the wood doesn't last long and you loose heat. We are using the right kind of wood to burn.. and a ash pan would have been great. but we knew this when we bought. Just wish it would have thrown out more heat. We live in Alabama and are still cold.. having to use central just as much as before.. We had to read reviews. to get information on this product. the sales rep. were no help. didn't know anything about it... this should have been a red flag for us . I suggest spending a little more going to a local stores that knows about there product. May cost you more money but the old saying you get what you pay really applies to this ...
unhappy in Alabama..
January 29, 2014
Use SEASONED wood... great stove!
Have been using this stove on and off for the past two weeks and really like it. Installation a bit of a challenge for first-timers, but after slightly altering the fireplace, (removing the damper and knocking out two bricks from the back wall of the firebox) and sealing connections w/fireplace caulk, have had no problems with smoke or air leakage.
Relined the chimney with a SS liner as recommended by the manufacturer, this does seem to help with proper drafting. I suspect that might be the problem previous unhappy reviewers have experienced.
The firebox on this stove is a bit on the small side, but once warmed up, REALLY puts out the heat. Took the advice of a previous customer and installed a thermo-rheostat switch to the fan; turns the fan on and off automatically, speed not adjustable. Great idea! (see JimVa's 2-19-12 'A Very Good Value' review) When the fan shuts off, we know the stove is cool enough for cleaning. The longest I've been able to run the stove without new fuel is about 3.5 hours; I like to keep fire on the hot side to avoid creosote and smoke out the chimney. (picky neighbors!)
I also took the liberty of painting the outside of the fan guard with a quick spray of high-temp black paint, the silver housing is visible through the front grille. (mask off the motor.) The fan noise isn't bothersome at all, much quieter than the Emberaire unit we previously used in the fireplace.
Glass stays clean IF you use properly seasoned firewood. Starting a new fire from scratch can be a challenge, but with a bed of hot coals, is a snap.
Do yourself a favor and buy a set of woodstove tools (short-handled fireplace tools) and suede welder's gloves to make tending and cleaning easier. An ash vac is a good investment as well.
Hopefully this stove will help cut down on the heating bills for our all-electric, presently un-insulated, 2200 sf ranch house. Will be foam insulating this year, so can't wait to see how much money will be saved in future winters, vs. using the heat pump every cold day.
Did much research prior to buying this, and Northern Tool had the very best price. Lucky enough to buy a discontinued floor model at the nearest store, so saved even more. Store personnel very helpful all around!
All told, I estimate we saved approximately $2300 by self-installing. (delivery, labor, store discount, U.S. tax credit) ROI should take just a few cold winters!
January 29, 2014
excellent heat source
Yes, it is small but it is a powerful insert. The instructions are adequate but be prepared to wrestle the liner to get it to connect because of the angled outlet. A 45 degree elbow may be necessary to make it easier to install.
Getting the fire started is easy enough, just be careful to close the door to prevent smoke escape. Also, don't add wood until the flames have died down to just embers, this keeps smoke inside the house to a minimum.
It takes two hours to cool down after embers have burned out, something to consider when cleaning the ashes. This also means it is pretty good overnight with a full load of hardwood and damper closed. A few splints of kindling will get the fire going again in the morning and one hot fire will clean the glass of the overnight low fire residue. You should get 2 days of use between ash removal is necessary with moderate use.
About the only thing I would change would be a little more power in the blower, at full heat output, the air is quite warm. A ceiling fan can help mix the hot air, making the room quite comfortable. In my 600 square foot den, it increases temperature about 2 degrees an hour on medium damper and maximum fan.
The best feature is the secondary air, there is no smoke when the wood is fully in flame. Smoke is not only a nuisance, it is wasted energy. You may see wisps of steam from the chimney, these disappear. Gone are the rolling clouds of nasty smoke! My neighbors also love this feature.
January 17, 2014