Fireplace Inserts

A fireplace insert is a great way to get your old, drafty fireplace working for you. Standard fireplaces are notorious for taking the heat out of your home and sending it up the chimney. Contrary to what you'd think, your home is actually losing heat when you light a fire. A fireplace insert can change that, allowing you to get actual heating from your fireplace and enhancing the look as well.

If you plan to use one of these inserts in a bedroom or a mobile home, check to make sure the insert you select is approved for that use.

The three basic types of fireplace insert are gas, wood, and wood pellet.

Gas Fireplace Inserts

A wood fireplace insert can allow you to create fires the old-fashioned way-by burning wood. Many homeowners will accept no substitutes. It's one thing to have a "realistic" wood fire. It's another to have the scents, and the crackle and pop of the real thing.

A smaller size can fit in an existing factory-built fireplace and still provide enough heat for a 1,500 square foot area. And extra-large insert can more than double that to 3,500 square feet, more than enough for most homes.

Wood Fireplace Inserts

A wood fireplace insert can allow you to create fires the old-fashioned way-by burning wood. Many homeowners will accept no substitutes. It's one thing to have a "realistic" wood fire. It's another to have the scents, and the crackle and pop of the real thing.

A smaller size can fit in an existing factory-built fireplace and still provide enough heat for a 1,500 square foot area. And extra-large insert can more than double that to 3,500 square feet, more than enough for most homes.

Wood Pellet Fireplace Inserts

A wood pellet insert allows you to burn wood-specifically wood pellets made from sawdust. Rather than buying and storing logs, you simply buy a bag of pellets and keep it in the garage. The pellets are environmentally friendly, inexpensive, and produce a minimum of indoor pollution. They also allow you to have the convenience of a thermostat while still enjoying the charm of genuine burning wood.

Choose an insert with a bay window to bring the fire out into the area slightly, adding to the three dimensional effect. You'll enjoy the fire from more angles this way. Or get a flat front to maximize the useable space while still allowing you to enjoy your fire.

Durable steel construction will give you everything you need. But for a little extra, get an insert that uses firebrick. The firebrick won't collect heat the way the steel does. It will reflect all the heat back out into the room. A steel insert will be put together from several pieces of sheet metal. Molded firebrick will be a single, seamless piece, adding to the efficiency and allowing the glass front to be larger as well.