A Brief Introduction to Fireplace Inserts and Its Types

Adding fireplace inserts to an existing fireplace is the common method to increase its usefulness and heat output. Traditional open fireplaces are inefficient, and most of the heat generated by an open fire is dissipated up the chimney instead of heating the room. Also, open fireplaces can contribute to cold draughts between the fires. On the other hand, fireplace insert assists mitigate the drawbacks associated with using a wood-burning fireplace and also provides you the option to use a gas or electric fireplace instead.

What exactly is a Fireplace Insert?

A fireplace insert is basically a wood (or gas) stove without the legs. Fireplace inserts can be installed within an existing fireplace and consist of a metal box that is inserted into the fireplace opening and finished with an attractive surround to produce an integrated look. An insert uses a closed combustion system, just like a wood stove, and is blocked off from the dwelling by an insulated glass front or an airtight door. As a result, the fire burns at a slower rate, producing more heat, lowering emissions, and increasing heating efficiency and heat production.

Types of Fireplace Inserts

Electric Fireplace Inserts

A relatively new addition to the fireplace hearth, electric fireplace inserts imitate a lifelike appearance by employing color lights (LEDs) and other electrical characteristics to simulate a real fire, surrounded by artificial wood. For the simple reason that an electric fireplace insert does not have a real open flame, it produces a very small amount of heat from burning.

Wood-Burning Fireplace Inserts

A wood-burning insert is an ideal alternative if your existing wood-burning fireplace needs a makeover, but you don't want to spend the time or money on a complete restoration. In addition to maintaining the look, feel, and atmosphere of a wood fire, wood-burning inserts dramatically improve heat production and reduce pollutants and fumes. In order to maintain a strong and efficient draught, wood-burning inserts require an insulated chimney liner as more heat is retained in the firebox.

Gas Fireplace Inserts

When it comes time to remodel your fireplace, gas inserts are a great option. Not only can they increase heat production, but they also help reduce your carbon impact. In addition, they are available in Direct Vent and Vent-Free variants, which are both compatible with natural gas and liquid propane. One of the major features of gas inserts is that they can be controlled with remote controls and wall switches, and some even have thermostatic controls as well as a timer.

Pellet Fireplace Inserts

Pellet fireplace inserts give consumers the benefit of having a standalone pellet burner without having to buy a separate pellet stove. It's small enough to fit within a room, making it easy to load the pellet hopper. You should use this type of insert if you require an excessive amount of heat output in your home.


Inserts are a great addition to your existing fireplace, and they play a huge role in giving out the best heating options for your home.

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