When designing any home the majority of people will use a design that tends to be more contemporary. This is safe for them and something they know both them and anyone who comes over will like. But who says that this has to be the only choice? The classic and traditional design is still alive and people are bringing it back little by little.
One way in which they are able to accomplish this is by using a cast iron fireplace insert. People will use a fireplace insert for two reasons. The first is that they have a wood burning fireplace – but it has been damaged in such a way that it cannot safely be used without putting hundreds or even thousands of dollars into it.
The second reason is that they have a wood burning fireplace but do not have the time or energy to do that needs to be done to maintain it. They are tired of cleaning up all of the ash and soot after each use. So they minimize this cleanup by converting it into an electric or gas fireplace using an insert.
The cast iron inserts fit smoothly into the opening of the fireplace. If it is a gas insert you need to connect it to the gas line in your home. These are designed with a cast iron surround decorated with a dark black matte finish. These will cost between $200 to $500 and may have a very simple appearance or have some type of design etched around the sides and top of the surround.
Cast iron fireplace inserts help to convert your fireplace into something that will create a comfortable room and to add to the décor through its classic and unique design. They are easy for many people to install on their own.
However, if you have not worked with them before and are not sure if you will be able to handle it then you should consider hiring a professional to install it for you. This will cost you between $30 to $70 but you will have the confidence in knowing that it has been done correctly.