All About Fireplace Inserts

As winter starts moving in, people plan different activities to keep their home warm and toasty. Fireplaces are the most common method of heating as it creates a nostalgic ambiance.

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But its exorbitant price tag makes it a luxury which can be afforded by only a small group of people. In this situation the best thing to do is to buy an insert and add to the existing firebox.

As there are so many inserts matching to the different settings and therefore it is very convenient for a person to select a suitable one matching to situation as well as his temperaments. Let us make a short study about the wide variety of fireplace insert options.

The wide variety of inserts available in the market can be broadly classified into three categories based on the fuel used.  They are wood-burning inserts, gas inserts, and electric inserts.

As the name implies various types of gases are used to light the flames in a gas insert. Same idea applies to other types of inserts also.

Gas Fireplace Inserts

In these types of inserts the fuel for lighting the flame is gases like propane or natural gas. These inserts are usually hooked up to the home gas lines. There are direct venting modes in which the chimney is used for receiving and releasing air.

The benefits of this insert include enhanced efficiency and more heating power. The efficiency can be equated to be near to 75-85 %  and the  heating power is about 25,000 to 40,000 British thermal units.

The decorative ceramic logs provide traditional look and décor. The greatest risk of using such an insert is the possibility of leakage of gas leading to the spreading of poisonous carbon monoxide.

These inserts are good for small rooms and in houses where gas supply exists. Little maintenance and ease of use are the important benefits of these inserts.

Wood-Burning Fireplace Inserts

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These inserts use wood or its byproducts or manufactured logs.   As a lot of heat is lost occurs due to circulation and therefore its efficiency is low to the tune of about 50%. The heat loss amounts to 65,000 British thermal units.

It needs more ventilation, making the height of the chimney more than usual. The benefits are that it is rustic and gives a feeling of off-the-grid and work even in the absence of power or gas supply.

The stringent guidelines issued by EPA these days have resulted in decreasing the smoke output and the quantity of wood needed.  This option is useful for persons who heat their home using wood as fuel in their fireplace.

Electric Fireplace Inserts

It is very easy fast and convenient since all the actions can be controlled with a flip of the switch. They don’t need a chimney support. It can be very easily used for producing 4,000-5,000 British thermal units.

It can be easily operated with battery backing also. So, in homes where traditional fireplace exist, electrical inserts can be used in an advantageous manner.

Before buying a new electrical fireplace, go on comparing similar ones and select the best one suitable for your requirements.