What To Consider When Buying A Fireplace Insert

by | May 5, 2017 | Home and Garden


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A traditional masonry fireplace does a lot for the looks of a room, it adds a great deal of atmosphere, but the sad truth is, that’s all they are good for. If you expect to use your fireplace to heat your home, then you must buy a fireplace insert in Chicago and have it professionally installed.

What is a fireplace insert?

A fireplace insert is a closed box that can be installed inside a conventional fireplace; it is in the insert that combustion of your choice of fuel takes place. Inserts can use wood or pellets, and there are models that are set up for either natural gas or propane.

Buyers are often confused when they hear the term “insert” as zero clearance fireplaces are often called an insert as well. These are not the same; a zero clearance fireplace is one that can easy be installed directly into a wall or even in a cabinet; a fireplace insert in Chicago can only be used in an existing conventional fireplace.

When shopping for a fireplace insert, there are a couple of things to bear in mind:


A fireplace insert is a self-contained; it consists of a firebox, surrounded by a shell that can be either welded steel or cast iron. In either case, the fire is seen through a viewing window that is integral with a very tight sealing front door. As the unit heats up, the shell also gets hot and circulates the heat throughout the room. The majority of fireplace inserts are complete with a blower to help with circulation.


Go beyond appearance, of course, you want it to be complimentary to your home décor, but it must also be sized properly. Make sure the depth, width, and height of the fireplace and the exterior dimensions of the insert are compatible.

It is always a good idea to work closely with a dealer that has the knowledge and experience to size the unit properly and to arrange for installation.

A fireplace insert in Chicago allows you to put your fireplace to good use; now it will not only look good, but it will also generate a great deal of heat. You are invited to visit the gallery at Northwest Metalcraft.

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