Love it so far
I use this unit on the side of the middle floor in a 3 level 2800sqft home in Manassas Va. I paid roughly 1300 to install the kit and liner. They did knock out some brick to make the liner as straight as possible.
Fedex freight delivered to my front door with the curbside delivery. Its 1 box for the duct work, one box for the surround, and then a fully assembled insert with a wood frame around it. They did make the crate too short for a standard pallet jack, so they had to balance it on one leg of the jack. Its fairly heavy, your gonna need two fairly strong folks to move it around. If thats not an option you can probably drop some weight taking the crate off and pulling out some of the firebrick.
In 40-50 degree weather it maintains 78-80 on the opposite side of the middle floor where my thermostat is with 1-2 pieces of 18-20" wood for 3-4 hours (I really wanted to test it out, don't judge). It hasn't been cold enough to give it a very cold test, but so far I am really happy with the unit and the size choice. I feel going much bigger would have generated too much heat to keep it comfortable.
The fans are audible, but not obnoxious. I can easily talk to someone in the same room.
On full blast, I would say equivalent to one of those double motor window fans.
Had to reseat the fan section at the front of the unit to get the temp switch happy the first time. Guessing just install error. I really appreciate the temp switch as I can leave the fans going when I go to bed and it will stop them when the insert cools down.
Also had a small rattle in the fan section from one of the screens, but that stopped with a tap or two. Will feed it a bit of expoxy if it comes back.
ProsIts puts out a lot of heat(not tested in super cold weather yet though).
Cost was great compared to other units rated for 20" logs.
Kit was nice and saved me $400 on the install.
The manual is probably the best written manual I have ever seen. Full exploded parts diagram and goes over ever bit of using the unit. There is a whole section on how to build the insert fires for different levels and duration of heat supply.