Originally Posted by joecaption
An open fireplace is by far the least effeant way to try and heat a home.
I take it you mean "efficient", but that doesn't really make sense either, as the fuel to make the heat would be free, so I'm not sure how much more efficient you can get than that......
All the heat goes up the chimmney.
No it doesn't..........
It also causes a negative pressure in the home drawing in cold air from outside for make up air to keep burning.
It doesn't have to........
A cord and 1/2 is not a whole lot of wood if your trying to use it for heat.
It could easily save the HO a few hundred dollars in fuel costs though.........
Originally Posted by Canarywood1
The heatilator is an insert!!
Technically they're considered "masonry inserts", but completely different from the FP insert that the OP is considering.
To the OP, you'll have to consider how much a new efficient insert is going to cost, along with labor to install it and the cost of a newly installed liner. Odds are, it's going to take years to make up any cost savings of a new insert, but that really depends on how warm you want the space, and how many BTU's it takes to make that much heat.
Some here will try to tell you that you're somehow magically cooling your house by running an open face FP, yet you're somehow using less fuel and the house is warmer. Have the FP inspected by a certified chimney sweep, try it out, and see what kind of effect it has on the heat in the house.