Thanks in advance for any advice you professionals can provide.
I have a two story residence with a fireplace on the ground floor that is functional but suffers from backdraft stink when the barometric pressure changes, and we think a woodburning insert may be the solution for us (we have a gas direct vent fireplace in the basement, but would like to have an alternate heat source if there were an interruption in the utilities).
The house is 3400 square feet (~1700 square feet for the ground floor) and we are thinking mainly in terms of supplemental heat (we are in Maryland).
The insert would be fairly close to the thermostat and also the stairs, so it would suppress the thermostat and perhaps send some heat upstairs when in use.
The inserts we have seen that are sold locally and look appropriate to our needs are the Hearthstone Morgan model, the Quadrafire 2700i, and the Buckstove model 81. All are secondary combution (non-catalytic) and have blowers as options. Esthetically, the Morgan looks nicest to us, and the Buckstove is kind of "plain Jane" with the Quadrafire in the middle.
We know we will have to have a masonry chimney lined with 6" pipe, for a distance of ~20 feet (two stories).
Of these, do you see any that you prefer (or would avoid), and if so, why?
Any other models that would be comparable in price that are American-made? I am not looking for price quotes, here, per the site rules, Just want other suggestions as appropriate.
We are expecting to add ~400 square feet to the house on the same floor next spring. If we are thinking of just supplemental heat and 'emergency heat' to keep a few rooms habitable, do we need to move up to the "medium" sized inserts or not, in your opinion?
Thanks for your thoughts!