I have begun looking into a peninsula style fireplace for my home. So far I have looked at four different brands (Lennox, Heat'n'Glo, Monessen, and Napolean) at three different dealer showrooms. I have noticed that the flame on all of peninsula models I have seen so far is not very impressive, almost disappointing. Maybe about 1/3 the intensity/height as compared to insert models.
All the dealers assured me this was normal and the flame was at max intensity. One did tell me that it takes about 10 minutes for the flame to reach maximum intensity, but after 10 minutes it still was nowhere near close to the intensity of the inserts.
If I had to guess I would think that because there is glass on three sides, the manufacturer limits the intensity because the glass would not endure the same level of flame that an open insert would. Any thoughts?