Choosing a Fireplace Insert

March 15, 2017

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Fireplaces may make a room feel cozy, but they don’t usually add a lot of real heat. If you want to use your fireplace for heating, think about adding a fireplace insert. It adds heating capability and efficiency almost immediately.

Fireplace inserts in Alpharetta are available for burning wood, wood pellets, or gas.

The Right Fit

The first step is to make sure you get the right size. When you measure the opening of your fireplace, measure from side to side and from top to bottom. If the top of your fireplace mouth has an arch, you’ll need to take three vertical measurements: one on each side and one in the center.

Wood or Gas?

Once you decide you want an insert, you have to decide which type you want. You’ll enjoy greater efficiency and improved heating from your fireplace with either type.

  • Wood Inserts

If you are looking for the most heat and have access to plenty of wood, then a wood burning insert is the way to go. It will not only heat things up, but will also help you save money on heating costs.

There is nothing quite like a real wood fire. The sight, smell, and sound a wood burning insert produces are often the deciding factors in choosing a wood insert.

  • Pellet Inserts

A pellet insert uses pellets of wood for fuel, fed to the fire by an automated auger. Pellets are available in three grades. Top-of-the-line pellets, which produce less ash, are hardwood, while the lower end are pine. They require electricity to operate, but many models have a battery back-up feature to keep them in operation in the event of a power outage.

  • Gas Inserts

Some homeowners don’t have access to wood.  Others find it too expensive or too messy, so they seek  a gas insert.  These are available in direct vent or vent-free models. Direct vent units have a glass panel, while a vent-free insert will be open to the room and uses the room’s air for combustion.

One advantage gas inserts have over wood burning models is the ability to control the fire with a remote control. For some people, this convenience is the deciding factor.

Venting

Fireplace inserts require proper venting using a flexible stainless steel liner that runs from the top of the insert to the top of your chimney. There are a variety of different types and prices.  You can find a stainless steel chimney liner in Kennesaw.  If you aren’t a handyman with experience in this type of project, you may want to consider hiring someone to handle the chimney liner installation in Marietta. Before you vent your new fireplace insert, you may need to contact a company that does chimney repair in Alpharetta, GA, or contact a chimney sweep in Alpharetta GA to save time and hassle later.

A Good Investment

Choosing a fireplace insert can take a little time, but the result will be rewarding once you turn that drafty fireplace into a beautiful efficient heat source and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate in front of the fire on a cold evening.

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