What is a Fireplace Insert?
February 20, 2018
A fireplace insert can be an alternative to your traditional fireplace. It is a wood or gas stove that has been modified by the manufacturer, which is used to convert a masonry fireplace into something more efficient. One of the main issues many have with masonry fireplaces is that they are relatively inefficient and polluting to many.
How Does It Work?
A fireplace insert works a little bit different than a typical fireplace. One of the main differences is that it is essentially a firebox which is surrounded by a steel shell. What sets this aside is that the heat is trapped as the air flows between the firebox and the shell as it is warmed.
This ensures that the heat from the firebox is delivered to the room, and not into the masonry structure. In a masonry structure, we see that much of this heat is released through the chimney, as well as being absorbed into the stone, wasting the energy you have created.
What Kind of Fuel Can Be Used?
Many kinds of fuel can be used to create heat in a fireplace insert, not just wood. These fuels are listed below:
- Natural Gas
- EPA Certified Wood
Why Should I Get A Fireplace Insert?
A fireplace insert is a perfect solution to a couple of situations. These situations are as follows:
- You have an older wood-burning fireplace that is cold and drafty
- You have an inefficient masonry-style fireplace
- You want to use the fireplace AND get heat from the fireplace
- You want something with a nice aesthetic AND heat.