Fireplace inserts greatly improve the performance and aesthetics of inefficient, open-burning wood fireplaces. In as little as half-a-day, an insert can be installed into your existing fireplace, greatly enhancing its performance and beauty.
Why get an Insert?
Inserts are important upgrades, since open-burning wood fireplaces are considered -15 to +15 percent efficient (that's really bad), exhausting as much as 24,000 cubic feet of warm air to the outside every hour they burn, while drawing cold air in through your home's doors and windows. Depending on the fuel and model you choose, an insert can increase your fireplace's efficiency to 70+ percent – a significant leap from -15 to +15 percent!
Is Your Fireplace an Insert Candidate?
Inserts can be installed in most masonry built and factory built wood-burning fireplaces. To determine what type of fireplace you have, find out here or visit one of our showrooms and we can assist you. Helpful hint: Before coming to see us, take several photos of your fireplace and measure the height, width and depth (brick to brick) of the inside of your fireplace, and we will help you find the perfect insert.
Choosing the Right Insert for You
When deciding on an insert, consider the level of interaction and maintenance you want, as well as style, fuel availability and desired heat output.
Gas Fireplace Inserts. By far, this is the most requested type of insert at Fireside Hearth & Home. Operated by the flip of a switch or remote control, gas inserts burn natural gas or liquid propane, offering the greatest level of convenience. There's no ash to clean up or need to feed the fire with wood. When used as zone heaters, gas inserts can often pay for themselves in a matter of a few years. There are many styles of gas inserts to choose from.
Wood Fireplace Inserts. If you'd rather not part with the crackle and aroma of burning wood, EPA-certified wood inserts are a smart choice. They feature advanced combustion technologies, and some can produce heat for more than 10 hours on a single load of quality wood! Wood is a renewable fuel and because today's wood inserts have advanced burn technologies, they release minimal pollutants into the environment. EPA-certified wood inserts utilize every possible BTU of wood energy and leave behind minimal ash, meaning there's less to clean up.
Pellet Fireplace Inserts. Pellet inserts are good choice if your home is heated with liquid propane or fuel oil, and you'd like to reduce your heating costs. Pellet inserts are powerful heaters that are outfitted with state-of-the-art burn technologies and programmable thermostats so you can adjust the heat to your liking. They produce very little ash and some units have automatic cleaning cycles. Heating with pellets is a green choice, as pellets are renewable and made from byproducts like sawdust and wood chips.
Installation and Cost
Our professional installers will safely install the insert of your choice into your existing fireplace, which includes running a new venting or liner system directly up your chimney. The cost of adding an insert, including installation, can be as low as $4,500 for a gas insert, and $5,000 for wood or pellet inserts (actual costs will vary).
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