Keep Your Home Fires Burning

If you have a fireplace that is out of commission, but you still have hope that it will be home to a real wood-burning fire once more, you are in luck. Wood-burning fireplace inserts can be installed in most firebox openings, converting your unusable fireplace into the centerpiece of your home. Available in cast iron or steel, wood-burning inserts are also energy efficient, attractive, and affordable, and are great heat providers. In fact, installing an insert should save you between 10 and 40 percent on your heating bill. Plus, many of our customers love that these appliances require the use of real wood. This is an authenticity that many of our customers long for, and the wood-burning insert is a great solution for them.

Gas Fireplace Inserts vs. Wood-Burning Inserts

Fireplace inserts are available to burn gas, wood, or pellets. There are some notable differences between these inserts, but here are some commonalities:

1) All types of inserts are designed to fit into any traditional fireplace opening so that you can convert your useless fireplace into a source of warmth and ambiance once again.
2) You’ll also find that inserts save you money, especially when you consider that a traditional fire sacrifices as much as 90 percent of its heat up the chimney.

The Perks Of Wood

Only with a real wood-burning appliance will you get that crackling sound and wood smell. Wood inserts typically require a single load of wood to provide as much as eight hours of warmth, and operate using blowers that distribute heat to all corners of your living space. Depending on the size of the insert, you should be able to heat from 1,000 to 3,000 square feet with a wood-burning insert.

Many of the models we carry at The Fireplace Service Company come with lifetime warranties and are eligible for tax credits. This is because most new wood-burning inserts meet the guidelines for fuel efficiency set by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of 60 to 80 percent.

Wood-Burning Inserts For Masonry And Prefabricated Fireplaces

The first thing we will need to know before showing you your options for a wood-burning insert is whether you have a masonry or a zero clearance fireplace. If this is all Greek to you, we will tell you exactly how to determine what type of fireplace you have.

A masonry fireplace has an exterior that is usually built of brick, and you will not find any metal inside your firebox. You’ll also find a square or rectangular cap atop a masonry chimney. Meanwhile, a manufactured fireplace will have metal louvers or grills on the top and bottom, and the chimney chase or exterior is likely clad in siding or a material that matches your home. The top of a prefab chase will be topped with a round metal cover.

Call The Fireplace Service Company Today!

Want to learn more about fireplace inserts? The experts at The Fireplace Service Company will be able to help you make heads or tails of the best option for your home and existing fireplace. Call us today at (256) 845-9814!

 

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