Wood fireplace insert ratings part 12 completes our expert and unbiased reviews with a look at the Thorma, Timberwolf, Vermont Castings, Vistaflame, Vysocanka, Warmglo, Westbo, Wilkening, Woodsman, and Woodwarm brands.
These units are made in Canada and are sold throughout North America. The VOLCANO PLUS units feature stainless steel fireboxes, variable speed blowers, and an air wash system. The units are certified EPA clean burning and are backed by a good warranty.
These fireplaces feature large windows for viewing the fire. They are made in Slovakia and are sold throughout Europe but the guarantee on the units is not as good as many other brands.
This brand is from ENGLAND'S STOVE WORKS and is available in North America. The 50-TNC13I units are non-catalytic and EPA certified for clean burning. They have a blower included for air circulation throughout the room and an air wash system to keep the glass clean for viewing the flames. The warranty on the units is not as good as most brands.
This brand is made by WOLF STEEL LTD and is available through dealers in North America. They offer EPA certified clean burning fireplaces but they only offer one size. They have dual blowers to circulate the air throughout the room but the warranty (especially on the heat exchanger) is not very good.
These units are made by MONESSEN HEARTH SYSTEMS CO. and are sold through dealers in North America. The MERRIMECK model units use catalytic combustion which requires periodic replacement of the combustor while the MONTPELIER maintains the EPA certification without the catalytic combustor. The guarantee on the units is not as good as some of the other brands.
These units are made in Canada by SHERWOOD INDUSTRIES. The VF1700 has stainless steel secondary air tubes for clean burning and a brick lined firebox. They have a traditional look and feel to them but have a variable speed fan to circulate the heat throughout the room. The warranty on the heat exchanger is not very good.
This brand is made and sold in the Czech Republic. They offer a variety of models but their website is not much help and the warranty on the units is not very good when compared to other brands.
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This brand is made and sold in Australia by TRAZEND PTY LTD. The HOMESTEAD line features a two speed fan for enhanced air circulation throughout the room. The warranty on the brand (especially on the firebox) is not as good as many other brands.
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These units feature bay windows but are only available in two sizes. The guarantee on the firebox is not very good when compared to other brands.
The ULTRA GREAT insert does not require venting as it uses the existing chimney. It has a variable speed blower that is controlled by a thermostat to circulate the air throughout the room. The warranty on the units is not very good.
This brand is made in New Zealand. The TOTARA is a clean burning fireplace but the guarantee on the firebox is not as good as some brands.
These units are made and sold in the U.K. They have a traditional look and feel to them. Their website is not much help and does not have a stated guarantee policy.
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