We love our new house, but after spending the first winter here freezing and paying big bucks for electricity to run the heater, it was time to find a better solution. We did try burning fires in our regular masonry fireplace. It was fun to do but not efficient as a heat source. Most of the heat just went up the chimney.
Paul checked with the one and only fireplace shop in town. Their estimate was around $5,000 for the insert, chimney liner and installation. Whoa, way out of our budget. I checked with the two shops down where my family lives. They were more reasonable, around $2,500 – $4,000 all together. I also started checking the internet.
I found Northline Express a company based in Michigan selling all types of wood stoves and fireplace inserts online. I found two wood burning fireplace inserts that seemed to fit our needs and were budget friendly at around $1000 for the stove, surround, and blower.
We decided to go with the Vogelzang Colonial insert. It has a 30 day in-home trial period with free return shipping, so if we aren’t happy with it for any reason we
can send it back. I was able to get the insert, plus the chimney liner kit for around $1300 total. I called to place my order and the woman who helped me was very nice and knowledgeable. Paul and my father-in-law were able to install the insert and chimney liner in one day. I am so pleased with how it look and how it works!
Just so you know – I’m not getting compensated in any way for this post. I just really got a great deal on my stove and wanted to share. What a relief to have this latest home improvement project done and know that we will not freeze our behinds off again this winter!