An open fireplace is an inefficient heating source. Improve efficiency and maintain that cozy hearth look while generating heat with a fireplace insert.
Sitting in front of a crackling fire is a favorite winter past-time, but an old-fashioned fireplace is inefficient and can create high levels of smoke inside and outside your home.
But an energy-saving wood lets you transform your existing hearth into a super-efficient heater that can cut your energy bills — by as much as 40%.
What You'll Spend
Inserts generally run about $3,000 to $4,000, including installation and a chimney liner.Right now West Sport in Sudbury, when you buy a Hearthstone Clydesdale wood burning insert, get the chimney liner for 1/2 price.
A couple of advantages to burning real wood is having heat even if the power goes out.
Wood-Burning Insert Creates Real Heat With Real Logs
If a freestanding wood stove is too large to fit into your hearth or the style of your hearth makes it impractical, you can opt for a wood-burning insert — a wood stove without legs. This firebox slides into your existing masonry or metal fireplace and burns real logs.
Your installer snakes a stainless steel liner down your chimney and fits a decorative flange made of black cast iron or steel or colored porcelain around the insert, hiding its steel sides and filling the gap between the box and your hearth.
A front door with ceramic glass radiates heat into the room. You open the door to stack the wood, then shut it, on most models, while your fire is burning. Most wood-burning inserts also create convection heat with a fan located underneath the firebox.
Wood-burning inserts can heat anywhere from 1,000 to 3,000 sq. ft., depending on their size. Inserts are small enough to fit into most traditional masonry fireplaces.
An insert designed to heat 1,500 square feet will burn for three to five hours before you need to reload; for 1,500 to 3,000 sq. ft., you usually have an eight- to 10-hour burn window.