what is the best wood burning insert???
We have been researching wood fireplace inserts and are thoroughly confused on what would be best for us.
We absolutely love the Hampton 1300, but we are concerned that it will not be able to heat our 2000 square foot house (even though that is how much it is supposed to heat) and that it will not be able to achieve the 8 hour burn times. Do any of you have personal experience with the Hampton 1300? Is it really able to heat 2000 square feet? Is the heat that it puts out just radiant heat? We also would prefer long burn times.
Others that we are looking at include the Lopi Freedom, Pacific Energy Pacific Insert (we would consider the Summit but it is too large for our fireplace), and Blaze King Princess Insert. Are all of these just as good as the others? Are there better ones available? Are there any that you would absolutely recommend? Are there any that you would absolutely NOT recommend?
Whatever we get, we want it to be able to heat out 2000 square foot house throughout the winter. We want it to be our only source of heat. We also want to have long burn times. We live in Colorado where the lows usually do not drop below the single digits. If possible, we also want it to be at least somewhat appealing to look at.
Also, just curious...cast iron or steel? Does it matter? Is one better than the other?
Any help would be greatly appreciate. Thanks in advance.