What Is A Fireplace Insert?
People, who have homes with fireplaces often, want to increase the efficiency of their fireplaces. A traditional open fireplace can lose up to 80% of its heat energy up the chimney. Adding a fireplace insert can increase the efficiency of a fireplace and save on heating costs.
According to Wikipedia a fireplace insert is a “device inserted into an existing or prefabricated wood fireplace.” The insert looks like a wood stove. It can be placed so it is even with the walls of the fireplace or stands out from the wall. The fireplace insert is designed to maximize the heat sent out to the room. This is done through the use of superior insulation, heat-trapping stone inside the insert and finally blowers, which send the heat out into the room.
Fuels for the fireplace insert are many. Specific models are designed to burn natural gas, propane, wood, wood pellets, or coal. With the specialized design the amount of emissions given off has been greatly reduced.
States and local areas all have specific regulations on the installation of fireplace inserts. Professional installation is critical as venting of gases such as carbon monoxide is needed.
In addition, there will be buildup of creosote on the inside of the chimney. It is important to have annual cleaning of the chimney to prevent problems.
As many people in Lawrence KS have traditional open style fireplaces, The Fire Place offers several models of fireplace inserts. We also service existing fireplace inserts and perform routine chimney maintenance.
For more information:
The Fire Place
540 Fireside Ct.
Lawrence, Kansas 66049