Modern Design Wood Burning Inserts?

drewbamAugust 17, 2007


I have a very modern 1958 home (flat roof, exposed beams, large windows--think Eichler) with a large, wide (cinematic-like aspect ratio), brick fireplace. The existing fireplace has an older (1970's perhaps?) insert that puts out very little heat. I had considered installing a gas insert, but decided I would rather not run the gas line--because my house is built on slab and has no attic, I would have had to trench around the house (expensive) or go up an exterior wall and over the roof (ugly).

So, I am in the market for a clean, modern, efficient wood-burning insert. Unfortunately, most of the highly-rated inserts I have seen so far have an abundance of "gingerbread house" decoration that will absolutely not work in my modern home. I am looking for something rectangular (no arches), with as few decorative details as possible.

So far, I like the look of the Morsoe (to be released in September, apparently) and several of the Saey models, but would like to have more choices. Suggestions?

Thanks in advance,


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You may wish to look at this one from Rais. I don't own one, but looked at their stoves as an option in our house.

Also, as a fan of your style of house, you may wish to take a look at Atomic Ranch magazine, if you haven't already.

Here is a link that might be useful: Rais insert

    Bookmark   August 20, 2007 at 12:04PM
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Thanks for the tip. That Rais is a nice looking unit. I just wish that it were a bit wider.

I've seen Atomic Ranch. Cool stuff.


    Bookmark   August 22, 2007 at 4:29PM
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Check out regency fireplaces. The mid-size and large ones have a extended lip on the top so you can heat water or food when the power is out.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2007 at 4:35PM
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