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Sorted By: MAXIMUM OUTPUT

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To get a maximum output rating, test labs cram the firebox chock-full and crank the draft control wide open. This raging, short-duration fire is just the opposite of how people burn their inserts, and can be misleading: if all you look at is the maximum output rating, a little bitty model with a really big air intake can seem just as powerful as a big area heater. For a real world picture, see the 8 hour burn column.

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Model
Minimum
Fireplace Size
Shipping
Weight
Firebox
Size
Hardwood
Capacity
Max. Log
Length
Heating
Efficiency
EPA
Emissions
Maximum
Output
Avg. Output
8 hour burn
Heating
Capacity
Pacific Energy Summit Wood Insert
Pacific Energy
Summit
Plate Steel
23-1/8" T
28" W
18" D
500
lbs
3
cubic ft
60
lbs
20"
80.4%
3.9
grams/hr
99,000
btu
48,392
btu/hr
2000 - 3000
sq ft
Pacific Energy Neo 2.5 Wood Insert
Pacific Energy
Neo 2.5
Plate Steel
22" T
34" W
20" D
480
lbs
2.5
cubic ft
50
lbs
19"
81%
2.8
grams/hr
85,000
btu
40,678
btu/hr
1500 - 2300
sq ft
Hearthstone Clydesdale Wood Insert
Hearthstone
Clydesdale
Cast Iron
23" T
33" W
15" D
585
lbs
2.4
cubic ft
48
lbs
22"
79%
3.1
grams/hr
75,000
btu
38,087
btu/hr
1200 - 2000
sq ft
Pacific Energy Alderlea T5 Wood Insert
Pacific Energy
Alderlea T5
Plate Steel/
Cast Iron
21" T
24-1/2" W
18-1/4" D
475
lbs
2.1
cubic ft
41
lbs
18"
82.6%
3.4
grams/hr
72,000
btu
32,688
btu/hr
1000 - 2000
sq ft
Pacific Energy Super Wood Insert
Pacific Energy
Super
Plate Steel
21" T
24" W
18" D
410
lbs
1.97
cubic ft
39.4
lbs
18"
82.6%
3.4
grams/hr
72,000
btu
32,688
btu/hr
1000 - 2000
sq ft
Pacific Energy Neo 1.6 Wood Insert
Pacific Energy
Neo 1.6
 Plate Steel
20" T
30" W
16-1/4" D
325
lbs
1.6
cubic ft
32
lbs
18"
81.5%
3.9
grams/hr
70,000
btu
26,129
btu/hr
700 - 1500
sq ft
Pacific Energy Vista Wood Insert
Pacific Energy
Vista
Plate Steel
22" T
25" W
15" D
300
lbs
1.41
cubic ft
28.2
lbs
18"
80.7%
2.9
grams/hr
56,000
btu
22,858
btu/hr
600 - 1400
sq ft
Hearthstone Homestead Hearth Stove
Hearthstone
Homestead
Soapstone
21-1/2" T
6" W
6" D
440
lbs
2
cubic ft
40
lbs
21"
83.5%
1.9
grams/hr
50,000
btu
33,547
btu/hr
1200 - 1800
sq ft
Hearthstone Morgan Wood Insert
Hearthstone
Morgan

Cast Iron
23" T
26" W
15" D
425
lbs
1.7
cubic ft
34
lbs
18"
79%
4.3
grams/hr
40,000
btu
26,978
btu/hr
700 - 1500
sq ft

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Note: Wood fireplace insert maximum output ratings don't tell the whole story.

In fact, maximum output ratings can be very confusing. For example, the manufacturer's brochure for one nationally marketed wood insert with a little 1.3 cubic foot firebox boasts a maximum output rating of 64,200 BTU/hr, which is enough output to heat a 2000 sq. ft. home, yet in the same brochure they rate the same stove to heat just 1200 sq. ft. The reason for this apparent discrepancy is twofold: first, that insert's 1.3 cubic foot firebox will only hold enough fuel to burn for about 2 hours at maximum output level, and nobody wants to refuel that often; second, sustained operation with the draft control wide open like that would soon burn the firebox to a crisp.

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