What is a Fireplace Insert?

October 27, 2017

With the temperatures dropping here in Maryland, you may begin to think about preparing your fireplace for use this winter. If you have an existing traditional fireplace, you may want to at least consider whether or not a fireplace insert could be beneficial for your home. Fireplace inserts can make existing fireplaces more functional, efficient, and in some cases more modern looking. Let’s look at what a fireplace insert is, and what its benefits can be.

What exactly is a fireplace insert?

A fireplace insert is a unit fitted to your existing fireplace to make it more functional and more efficient. The new unit will be fitted into your old fireplace space, and will include a chimney liner to ensure any smoke finds its way up the chimney and out of your home. Fireplace inserts are also available using different fuel sources, each requiring a different installation.

Fireplace inserts are available as wood burning units, gas burning units, electrical fireplaces. and pellet burning units. Each of these different fuel sources have their own pros and cons, but there is certainly something available for every situation. Working with a professional to discuss your particular situation can help you determine which unit is best for your home.

What are the benefits?

Fireplaces have a reputation for not being very efficient, and for good reason. A traditional fireplace loses a significant amount of heat when compared to other heating sources, such as a wood or pellet stove. Fireplace inserts on the other hand, burn nearly as hot as a freestanding stove, and can help prevent unnecessary heat loss.

In addition to the heat savings given by inserts, they can also save homeowners time. Glass, pellet, and electric inserts save a considerable amount of time for homeowners, because they require much less maintenance time than a traditional wood fireplace. Because of heat loss wood fireplaces need to be constantly tended to in order to keep a good fire going. The other fuel sources available in an insert, such as pellets or gas, on the other hand do not need nearly as much maintenance.

If your home has an old and inefficient wood burning fireplace that is either causing your home to lose heat, or simply isn’t adding enough heat, give Fireside Stone & Patio a call today to discuss our insert options. Our team of professionals will work with you to determine what solution is the best for your home. Whether you want a better alternative heating source, or you just want a fireplace that will be less work, we have a solution for everyone.