Drolet Fireplace Wood Insert, Model# DB03120
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.
- Enter your model number to make sure this fits.
- Masonry wood insert features an ultra-quiet blower
- Heavy 1/4in. plate steel top
- 75% efficiency
- Airwash keeps glass clean
- Adjustable door handle and single air control
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Customers also shopped for
Have a question?
Find answers in product info, Q&As, reviews
Please make sure that you are posting in the form of a question.
Transform your old masonry fireplace into a high-efficient heat source! Easy to install and easy to light. Requires a fireplace opening of 28 7/8in.W x 12 3/4in.D x 21 3/8in.H. Addition of the 29in. x 44in. faceplate is necessary.
Top customer reviews
The picture includes a REQUIRED fireplate, which is not included in the price -- or even available for purchase through Amazon. Northern Equipment will blame Amazon for false advertising. Also, you'll get a call from the shiping company saying that the $250 you were charged for shipping doesn't include getting this 400lb item off the truck. You'll have to pay another $100+ for that, and another $100+ for the faceplate that's pictured (and without which the insert is unusable).
This item should not be sold through Amazon. Whoever is at fault for the misrepresentation, it's false advertisement to show the faceplate that isn't included without mentioning that. Beware that Amazon will blame Northern, and Northern will blame Amazon. And then there's the false shipping price problem.
The only apparently good thing about this order is that, when I complained, Northern agreed to refund all my money. Except they didn't do that, and I've had to pursue the refund through Amazon.
UPDATE: Amazon (or Northern) has now added this: "Addition of the 29in. x 44in. faceplate is necessary." This required faceplate is not available through Amazon. My complaint isn't about the item, which I didn't accept shipment of. Just don't buy this item through Amazon.
It is true the metal-surround is optional ($99), but the Northern Tool website states that--at the very bottom. I agree that it should be better spelled out and it is misleading.
Also, not mentioned is you'll probably have to get a insulated, (flexible) chimney liner to maximize the draft through the stove, easier flue cleaning and to minimize creosote build up. You can do an internet search on "cheap flexible liners" to find a supplier and compare prices.
I picked up the stove at the NT store so I didn't have any shipping charges and then used a dolly to wheel it into my family room. The stove works very well and the air-wash system keeps the glass quite clean. I am very, very pleased with this stove and its performance.
The stove is very heavy, so you'll need someone to help you install it. I had to remove my old damper and cut some of the damper frame--a dirty job. Even then it was a challenge to connect the stove to the flexible liner so I had to buy a flexible, 90 degree black stovepipe elbow to make the final connection.
I have a 2k square foot home in a very volatile part of the country when it comes to weather. It isn't uncommon for our weather to be more brutal than Alaska in the winter, with some days well below zero. This stove holds its own in heating my home very nicely. When the temps are ten or above outside, my gas furnace is not in use at all. Below those temps and with particularly windy conditions, I may need to boost the heat for my back rooms by turning the furnace on for a few minutes every few hours, but that is a very rare occasion, and my gas bill has dropped considerably as a result.
It takes around an hour for the fire to build a bed of coals and probably an hour and a half for the thermostat to trigger, most days ... depending greatly on the wood I'm using to build the fire, and whether or not I have active coals left from a previous fire. The fire box easily keeps coals burning overnight, and I always have a bed to work with in the morning if I choose to re-start the fire. It really blew me away this evening, actually ... because I had hot cinders under the ash a full 24 hours after my last fire.
The unit is amazingly efficient, and even though it's rated at 75%, personally I feel like it is more efficient than that in my home, anyway. I can tell when the secondary burn kicks in and the smoke ignites, and I've had some amazingly hot fires with no problem. Most fires reduce the wood to a very fine powder, with just a few active coals underneath.
In short, I totally love this stove and recommend it wholeheartedly. Sorry the previous reviewer ended up dissatisfied, but I honestly don't get it. This stove is as close to perfection in every category I researched before buying it. Cost, firebox size, efficiency ... it pretty much has it all if you ask me.
And I have no problem giving props to Northern Tool. It was my first purchase (and so far the only item I've needed to purchase from them), and the transaction went smoothly, very fast delivery, and no problems whatsoever. I'd buy another one in a heartbeat if I needed to do so.
We found this model at our local Menards and the price was a bit cheaper. We would recommend it to anyone and everyone!
Merry Christmas to us!!