36" Heat Circulating Wood Burning Fireplace from the Royalton Collection
You get what you pay for
This thing is pretty cheap. Its the least expensive insert I could find and you definitely get what you pay for. The part I am most angry about is the fan that is "compatible" with this fireplace. It isn't really that compatible. You could buy any fan that ventingdirect sells and it would be compatible. I paid $200 for the "compatible" fan, all you do is open the bottom of the fireplace, pull off the paper from the velcro, and stick it on the bottom of the inside of the fireplace. There is no cowl to direct any air from anywhere. Im going to have to fabricate that on my own. The fan is supposed to draw air from the top vent and blow it out the bottom vent. Without a cowl, it blows just enough air that you can just barely be able to feel when you put your hand up to the vent. I didnt waste money on the variable switch. The fan doesnt even have enough power to justify needing it.
The outside air feature is a joke. It says its for the fire to burn hotter. The air that comes in will go through the fan to recirculate, not go into the firebox. Since the fan doesnt really do anything, it will just pull in cold air from outside, making the room colder when you open the outside air latch.
Another thing to know that is very important is that the dimensions are off in the manual. It tells you that it is 40" tall. It doesnt tell you that it has things on the bottom that raise it up about half an inch. To make it worse, the vent is about three inches taller than that. So if you frame, then slide it in, good luck.
The manual also tells you that the vent is 8 inches. That is correct. It doesnt mention that you need an adapter to put the chimney pipe on it.
December 17, 2012