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"Drolet Fireplace Wood Insert, Model# DB03120"

Item# 158972
"Transform your old masonry fireplace into a high-efficient heat source Easy to install and easy to light. Requires a fireplace opening of 28 7/8in.W x 12 3/4in.D x 21 3/8in.H. Addition of the 29in. x 44in. faceplate is necessary. Firebox Size W x D in. 21 x 13 5/8, Max. Log Size Accepted L in. 18, Product Type Fireplace insert, Stove Pipe Included No, Thermostat Included No, Heating Capability sq. ft. 1,600, Blower Power Supply Volts, Amps 110, BTU Output 39,000, Fuel Type Wood, Full Load Run Time Hours 5-8, Heat Settings 4, Door Opening W x H in. 17 1/2 x 8, Blower CFM 130, Blower Included Yes, Clearance from Corner in. 0, Clearance from Rear Wall in. 0, Clearance from Side Wall in. 13, Dimensions W x D x H in. 27 x 23 1/2 x 20, Flue Collar Size in. 6, Igniter Manual, UL UL approved. Masonry wood insert features an ultra-quiet blower Heavy 1/4in. plate steel top 75 efficiency Airwash keeps glass clean Adjustable door handle and single air control Requires faceplate Item# 1589720 sold separately"
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Questions & Answers for "Drolet Fireplace Wood Insert, Model# DB03120"

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Does this come with a faceplate? The ad says one is required, but the reviews make it seem as if one is included.

asked 4 years, 2 months ago
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Mumawalde
 - Boston, MA
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This does not include the face plate, you need to purchase separately item # 1589720. See my product recommendations below.
 
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answered 4 years, 2 months ago
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ProductExpert9
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answer 2
You have to purchase separate. Item # 1589720
answered 4 years ago
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x2x2
 - Greensboro NC
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answer 3
No...doesn't come with the faceplate, but you will need one....most places charge about $99 for the faceplate. You see it in every review, because it's a necessity...should be included, since you need it.
answered 4 years ago
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PeteFromCT
 - Connecticut
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answer 4
You have to order the face plate separately, they offer two sizes.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
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dudeman5000
 - Saint Paul, MN
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Does this come with the stainless steel liner.

asked 4 years ago
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dbardin
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The insert does not include the stainless steel liner. The manufacturer does recommend the use of a chimney liner.
answered 4 years ago
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ProductExpert12
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Northern tool (when I bought mine) didn't sell a liner, but you can purchase one online. It's also recommended to insulate the liner with a ceramic blanket. Check out the auction sites and other retailers to compare prices and read more information about installation.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
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MemphisJoe
 - Memphis, TN
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answer 3
No.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
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dudeman5000
 - Saint Paul, MN
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can i use regular unfaced insulation to insulate my chimney liner

asked 3 years, 9 months ago
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Anonymous
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I wouldn't recommend it. I'm not sure that the fiberglass was meant to withstand that high of a temperature and even if it does, it's not as dense as the ceramic insulation. The ceramic insullation also has a thick aluminum foil over it that helps radiate more heat back and keeps the insulation in place.

The ceramic insulation is expensive, but it's easy enough to use. If your chimney flue is in good shape, some people say that you can sometimes get away with no insulation, letting the dead air space provide some insulation for the system. It won't draw quite as good (more heat will be lost to the surrounding chimney) but at least the exaust gasses won't be as slow going out.

I'd recommend 1/2" ceramic blanket made for chimney lining.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
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MemphisJoe
 - Memphis, TN
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answer 2
Since you are working on a chimney, and a faulty chimney can burn down your house, and a faulty unlicensed installation can void your insurance, hire a pro, no matter how much it costs.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
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howjoa
 - Pahrump, Nevada
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It is not recommended to use anything but the ceramic to insulate your chimney.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
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ProductExpert6
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Question

Drolet Fireplace Wood Insert without electricity?

Can you run this wood burning stove without the blower? In case of a power outage- with no electircity to plug this in. Can you heat the home with this unit even without electricity? Thanks. -Nancy
asked 2 years, 7 months ago
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Anonymous
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Yes you can still run this stove without blower. It does not need electricity like the blower does.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
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ProductExpert7
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Yes but it will ony warm up the area it's in.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
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GWRWILLIE
 - NJ,
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answer 3
Since the electric blower motor uses about the same as a 25 watt light bulb, buy a 200 watt 12v inverter, hook it up to a 12v car or marine battery, and plug the fireplace insert into that. You'll get a few hours of run time, and then you can recharge that battery by connecting it to your installed car battery with jumper cables, with the car idling in the driveway.
answered 10 months ago
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CaptSpiff
 - Long Island, NY
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Does it have fire bricks?

asked 4 years ago
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khdetw
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Yes, this Drolet wood insert is equipped with firebrick.
answered 4 years ago
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ProductExpert11
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Yes.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
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dudeman5000
 - Saint Paul, MN
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Does it use non-catalytic combustion?

How does the fire look? I've heard that non-cat stoves have a nicer looking fire. Is that true?

If it in in fact non-catalytic, does it have the key elements of good firebox insulation, a baffle to divert gas flow and pre-heated combustion air introduced through small holes around the upper part of the firebox?
asked 4 years ago
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khdetw
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The fire looks awesome, very much like the pictures shown in the description. I have no idea whether it's nicer than non-cat stoves, but I've been very pleased. I understand that emissions are not quite as good in these non-catalytic stoves, but it's amazing to look up at the chimney outside an not see any smoke comming out. This unit seems to be very clean burning. The only trick I've found so far is to get the wood burning before closing the damper. If the damper is closed too soon, the fire smokes instead of burns, but from what I understand that's how any stove works.

The design of the firebox is a good one as far as I can tell. The firebox is lined with firebrick for insulation and heat distribution and the baffle is also a removable firebrick supported by three airtubes (with holes) for secondary burning. Because it is removable, it should be easier to clean the flue if you put in a full liner (which is what I did). Yes, the air for the secondary burn tubes is preheated. On top of the air baffle is a piece of ceramic insulation.

The box is big enough to hold wood for about a 4 to 6 hour burn, with enough hot embers to start the fire again after 8 hours.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
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MemphisJoe
 - Memphis, TN
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The insert is a non-catalytic style that does have the baffle. The holes are within the secondary air tubes and I think that the fire is nicer in appearance.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
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ProductExpert10
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The veiwers mention a chimney liner for the stoves. Why is one needed if I already have a fireplace chimney

asked 3 years, 10 months ago
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RFCon
 - Downingtown
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The chimney liner is required per state and local laws. It protects from fire.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
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ProductExpert27
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there are many sites that answer this question in a much more complete manner. In short:

1) to ensure proper draft by:
a) keeping exhaust gas velocity high
b) keeping exhaust temperature high
c) add a layer of thermal protection from the flue to the surrounding combustibles (your house).

2) to ensure that as little cresol forms in the flue.

If you don't have a full liner you will not likely have as good of a draft as you could, and may even have smoke in the house on start up or even when fired up.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
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MemphisJoe
 - Memphis, TN
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what do i need to purchase to install the stove

asked 3 years, 10 months ago
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RFCon
 - Downingtown
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You will need the Drolet Faceplate Kit Item #1589720 and a chimney pipe or chimney liner.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
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ProductExpert9
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answer 2
For performance and safety a fireplace chimney liner is needed. The stove will draft better, burn cleaner, and be safer.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
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OkieDokey
 - Oklahoma
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Can this insert be used in a mobile home fireplace?

asked 3 years, 9 months ago
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Anonymous
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The insert must be installed in a pre-existing masonry fireplace only per local codes and regulations.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
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ProductExpert12
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answer 2
Sorry, its not rated for that use.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
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OkieDokey
 - Oklahoma
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If the power goes out can you still burn a fire or does the fan have to be running?

asked 3 years, 7 months ago
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woodburnr
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This Drolet Fireplace wood insert does not require electricity to produce heat. The blower is used to help circulate the hot air, so without power it will take longer to circulate the air, but this wood insert will still produce the same amount of heat.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
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ProductExpert5
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Hmmm... Yes, you can still burn a fire with the fan not running, in it but keep in mind that it won't transfer that heat to the room as efficiently. My concern would be in over firing the unit. I have not had enough expereince with that senario so I could not tell you, but I would recommend reducing the air intake for a slower burn. You don't want to get the unit so hot that it glows or warps.

Given that it takes about an hour for it to heat up enough for the fans to kick on (without a thermostat bipass modification), perhaps my concern is unwarranted. To answer your question as simply as it was asked: Yes, it will still burn a fire even if the fan is not running.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
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MemphisJoe
 - Memphis, TN
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