Originally Posted by Fisher252
My main question is- Will there be any type of problems using an insert as a freestanding wood stove?
Yes many, an insert is completely different then a freestanding stove (it's venting is different, mounting, protections and other stuff).
A few manufacturers use the same base "body" for both freestanding and insert, but you have to buy a bunch of parts (expensive) to convert it from one unit to the other. If you want to go that route contact the manufacturer for a conversion kit. I just resell it on craigs list and look for a free standing unit, save you a lot of money and trouble...