A fireplace insert modifies a traditional masonry fireplace to increase its efficiency. These are specifically designed to contain heat safely, without transferring heat into the stonework and directing it instead to the surrounding room. Fireplace inserts are specially reinforced fireboxes with durable steel coverings, although other heat efficient materials may also be used.
Adapted to Your Existing Fireplace
Fireplace inserts aren’t akin to installing an entirely new fireplace. Instead, they’re measured and fitted to adapt to your existing fireplace.
Advantages of a Fireplace Insert
Many homeowners choose to install a fireplace insert to increase the efficiency of their normal fireplace. Where masonry fireplaces are known to leak heat, fireplace inserts contain heat that’s otherwise lost. This means that the heat that dissipates in surrounding materials with a fireplace can now be used to quickly heat an entire room.
Fireplace inserts are suited to just about any fuel type that you would use in a regular fireplace or stove. In fact, you have more fuel options with a fireplace insert; wood, pellets, propane, natural gas, and coal are all suitable fuel choices.
Masonry fireplaces occasionally need repairs, and those can get costly. Often the price to install a fireplace insert is much more cost-efficient than to repair an old fireplace. Many fireplace inserts also have options for thermostat control and custom settings, which can help save on fuel even more for days that you want the appeal of a fire but don’t need much heating.