Insert or Stove
We have a masonry fireplace in a 1920s colonial. The fire place is 34" wide, 28" tall 19" deep at the bottom and 15" deep at the top. We went shopping for inserts today and liked the Jotul Kennebec. We also really liked a couple of hearthstone and Jotul freestanding stoves. Is there really an enormous heat loss by installing a stove instead of an insert into a fireplace? I'm sure people used to install free standing stoves inside fireplaces, is it stupid to do it because you like the looks of the stove better?