Everything You Need to Know About Fireplace Inserts

October 23, 2020

Fireplace inserts are improvements over conventional fireplaces. But before we get into those details, let’s look into the types of fireplace inserts and their distinctive features.

Types of Fireplace Inserts

There are three types of fireplace inserts. They are;

  1. Wood-burning fireplace inserts
  2. Gas fireplace inserts
  3. Electric fireplace inserts

Wood-burning Fireplace Inserts

The usage of wood-burning fireplace inserts has exceeded 100 years, and the reason for their appeal is obvious. They have served for long and when you wish to burn more wood and produce more heat, they are the best type of fireplace inserts to use.

One major benefit that this type of fireplace inserts has is that you don’t need to replace the whole fireplace and chimney to get more heat. However, you do need its own exhaust connector and flue.

You may not need more than $2,000 for a DIY wood-burning insert. However, the chimney liner system cost could exceed $5,000.

Why Chimney Liner?

The fireplace original chimney liner would be too large and cause creosote build-up. When this happens, you may have to deal with chimney fires. However, when you get the chimney liner, you can wave that trouble goodbye.

Gas Fireplace Inserts

The gas fireplace insert is an improvement over the wood-burning type. Here, the gas supply is made available and doesn’t use the inside air for combustion. So, both the air for combustion and the exhaust vent is outside.

Direct vent fireplace inserts are the most reliable and most common. They usually have two vents; one that draws in air and the other that exhausts air outside.

Depending on make and customization, some gas fireplace inserts have blowers to move heat into the room, accent lighting, remote controls, and sometimes electricity.

Electric Fireplace Inserts

Electric fireplace inserts use electricity to produce heat and utilize very little heat from actual combustion. They produce a fire-like appearance that can replicate real fire but doesn’t have a real open flame.

Electric fireplace inserts, unlike wood-burning and gas inserts, do not need a chimney but they do need other things. This helps to generate warm air into the room.

Great caution is required when using electric fireplace inserts so you don’t cause accidents. Ensure that you use only verified electrical circuits with all heating appliances.


Fireplace inserts are an effective way to heat your home. With proper understanding, you can easily install the fireplace, and the maintenance level is generally low on all types. When you get an electric fireplace, you won’t have to deal with smoke; you can save money and also be energy efficient. Contact Anderson Fireplace to learn more about our team’s fireplace services. 

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