Food supply, labor, and even fuel cost is rapidly increasing. With these problems, it is more practical to use fireplaces which are energy and cost efficient and at the same time very effective in providing heat. Fireplaces are wonderful and very useful especially during the cold weather. The traditional fireplace is now very inefficient to use since they require hauling of firewood and cleaning of the burned ashes. In addition to this inefficiency, these traditional fireplaces are very prone to fire. These and more are the reasons why people switched to better alternatives, the fireplace inserts.
An insert is essentially just a wood stove designed to fit perfectly in an open fireplace, and they have to be checked to make sure that they burn clean and are highly efficient. The usual fireplace inserts are made of cast iron or plate steel. Most of them have glass doors attached so that the flames can be seen. These inserts were specially made to fit into the opening of the fireplace but an extended insert is said to be more efficient since additional radiant heat is provided by its top, bottom and sides. An insert is nothing but a wood like stove which has been previously modified in appearance by its manufacturer so that it will fit in the fireplace. They are usually used to convert masonry fireplaces because they can cause pollution and is very inefficient to use. Fireplace inserts are consist of a firebox and is surrounded by steel shell. The air then flows between the said firebox and shell for it to be warmed.
Measuring / Installing A New Fireplace Insert
If you are planning to install inserts in your fireplace, you have to consider the following measurements that are needed for the installation of fireplace inserts:
- The height and width of the opening of the fireplace
- Width of the firebox in the back
- Width of the throat or damper opening
- Height of the flue liner above the floor of the firebox (Extend a tape measure from the damper, up through the smoke chamber to the liner, then measure from the damper to the floor of the firebox, and add them.)
- Size of the flue liner
- Overall height of the chimney (from the floor of the fireplace to the top)
- Width and depth of the outer hearth – the hearth extension into the room
- Height of a wood mantel above the fireplace opening
- Distance from the opening to wood trim or mantle legs
- Rough idea of how big an area you want this stove to heat
In today’s generation, fireplace inserts are only installed to fireplaces utilizing a chimney. The need for a chimney was required to prevent any occurrence of fire. When chimneys are being cleaned, inserts have to be removed as well. Removing the insert is not an easy job, so it is best to seek help from a professional unless you’ve done this before.