Inserts are a common way to solve the problem of an old, drafty wood
burning fireplace. An insert is an entire hearth appliance, sized down
to fit within your existing firebox. Options include wood inserts, gas
inserts, electric inserts and pellet inserts. Each operates like a normal
full-sized appliance, just smaller.
When trying to get heat out of an existing fireplace that doesn't supply
much heat, inserts are usually the most cost-effective solution. No
matter the fuel (except electric) an insert will always put out more heat
than your open wood burning fireplace because the air intake and
combustion process are both controlled precisely.
The usual downside to an insert is that it takes what used to be a big
opening and shrinks it down because the enitre unit must sit within your
existing firebox. When measuring to see what size insert will fit in your
fireplace, the most critical measurement is the opening height. It is
usually what determines the largest insert you can have.
It is due to the smaller window size that many of our clients have found
it advantageous to replace a fireplace rather than purchase an insert.
We have the ability to replace most fireplaces for the same cost, or
slightly more than the cost of an insert, providing a full-sized opening
for less than you might imagine.
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Things to consider when thinking about an insert -
- We will come to your home to measure exact before you
order, but the measurements we need are the height, the
front width and the rear width.
- A wood insert may not always solve a back-draft problem.
We would need to inspect your individual situation to
- An insert will normally have a power cord for the blower
visible on the outside of the fireplace.
- Inserts will give you a smaller opening than you have
- Inserts will usually need their own seperate chimney
(installed with your existing chimney) to operate correctly