What Is A Fireplace Insert?

BrannonMake your old fireplace new again. If you live in an older house, there is a good chance that you have an old fireplace that is too drafty for use or would require too much maintenance to warrant using it. This makes your fireplace a good candidate for a gas insert or wood-burning insert, which can be retrofit into your existing firebox, making it usable and enjoyable once again.

At The Fireplace Service Company, based in Fort Payne, Alabama, we are able to give new purpose to your existing masonry or prefabricated fireplace (also known as a zero clearance or manufactured fireplace) by installing an insert. This is a faster and more affordable fix than installing a whole new built-in fireplace, and it brings with it many advantages, which you can read about below.

Advantages Of A Fireplace Insert

1. Savings. Turn down your thermostat, and crank up your new insert for extra value.
2. Control. With the push of a button or twist of a knob, you can control the temperature and warmth from your insert, adjusting the flame height to your liking.
3. Efficiency. While chimneys tend to belch the majority of warm air generated by your fireplace into the outdoors, an insert is highly efficient and keeps all of the heat inside your home.
4. Versatility. Inserts can burn wood, natural gas, or propane. They can work with or without a chimney.
5. Aesthetics. Inserts are beautiful, designed to fit a number of styles and shapes, and have very realistic looking flame patterns.
6. Low Maintenance. No need to worry about chopping logs or carrying them inside, much less scooping ash, or cleaning up fireplace debris. And if your insert is ventless, there will be no chimney to clean.
7. Clean. Inserts produce no smoke or air pollution.

The Right Insert For Your Fireplace

Before selecting your gas or wood-burning fireplace insert, you will need to know the following information about your existing fireplace:

  • Do you have a masonry or prefabricated fireplace?
  • What is the height, width, and depth of the opening and back of the fireplace?
  • If applicable, what is the width of the throat damper opening?
  • How far does the hearth come out from the front wall of your fireplace?
  • What’s the distance to the adjacent wood trim and the mantle?
  • What is the age and condition of the entire fireplace and chimney?

Once you have determined what type of fireplace you currently have, the experts at The Fireplace Service Company will be able to outline your insert options and help you pick an insert that suits your budget and your needs. We are happy to come out to your home to measure and assess your existing unit. Schedule an appointment with one of our team members today – call (256) 845-9814.


A stand-alone stove, whether it burns gas or wood, allows you to add some heat and ambiance wherever you want it and at less cost than a new fireplace. Explore all your options with our fireplace and BBQ sales team.

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