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    Your family is unique, so your fireplace should be unique as well! We carry all types of inserts, from wood burning inserts for those who love a good campfire to sleek, modern looking inserts for the fashionable homeowner and everything in between for the rest! Make a purchase of more than $99 to enjoy free shipping, and see why we are the most trusted name among fireplace suppliers.
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    50 Questions & 46 Answers
    Juanita
    from El Paso, TX asked:
    July 13, 2017
    What is the difference between an insert and a fireplace?
    1 Answers
    An insert or fireplace insert refers to a type of appliance that is designed to be installed into an existing masonry fireplace opening. As you may know, an open masonry fireplace insulates well against heat transfer to adjacent walls, but it not efficient at heating a home. A fireplace insert can be a wood or gas appliance, but both will be much more efficient at heating your space. Inserts do not have a heavily insulated outer jacket and rely on the masonry fireplace walls for proper insulation and safety. Inserts utilize a metal flashing or surround to cover the remaining space between the insert and the edges of the fireplace opening. They also rely on flexible flue liners for proper venting up the chimney flue. A prefabricated fireplace is a fully self-contained appliance that is built with the intention of installation into a combustible wall opening. As such, the appliance can be enclosed within a combustible mantel or dimensional lumber framing. Operation is similar to an insert, but the additional outer air layer and metal jacket is what ensures safe operation within a combustible wall. These types of appliances also use rigid vent pipe. For additional elaboration on fireplace inserts, please visit our fireplace insert guide.
    eFireplaceStore
    on July 13, 2017

    Gardner
    from Felton, DE asked:
    October 12, 2017
    I have a mobile home with a fireplace and would like to have a fireplace insert. Can this be done?
    1 Answers
    You should first contact your local building code officials to see if you can install the unit and ask the requirements they may have on that type of installation and the permit required. After you know, you can install that locally.
    Owen
    on October 12, 2017

    Jose
    from Copiague, New York asked:
    January 13, 2017
    I looking for wood burning fireplace insert. I have a corner fireplace with an opening on two sides. I attached a image for you guys to see.
    1 Answers
    Unfortunately, we do not carry an insert that is multi-sided.
    Brennan W.
    on January 13, 2017

    Harry McCord
    from Newport News, VA asked:
    January 12, 2017
    Do you have a fireplace insert that would fit my open sided (right) fireplace. I have natural gas available, although I am burning wood in it currently. I would like to convert it to a natural gas unit. (See pictures below) Dimensions: 34" by 22" deep, by 30" high.
    1 Answers
    Unfortunately, we have no inserts that can be installed in such a configuration.
    Brennan W.
    on January 12, 2017

    Mike
    from Nashville asked:
    January 8, 2017
    Do you have a cross reference number for refractor panels. Majestic 44 3733 rear panel.
    1 Answers
    Unfortunately, we do not offer refractory panels that are specific to your fireplace model. We do, however, offer universal refractory panels. They are manufactured by Hargrove, and we sell them single or in sets of two. Follow these links to see what we offer: Hargrove Replacement Fireplace Refractory Panel - 24 inch X 28 inch Hargrove Replacement Fireplace Refractory Panels - 24 inch X 40 inch - Set of 2
    Brennan W.
    on January 9, 2017

    Rodner
    from Abilene, TX asked:
    December 30, 2016
    Do you have gas radiating inserts with logs to go in a fireplace that is already wired for gas?
    1 Answers
    We do. You can find a great selection Here.
    Owen
    on December 30, 2016

    Tom
    from Utah asked:
    December 22, 2016
    Can I get a replacement burner for a Neploen model # G13014N?
    1 Answers
    For replacement parts, please fill out this form.
    Will M.
    on December 23, 2016

    Kristi Voves
    from Maple Valley, Washington asked:
    December 16, 2016
    I have removed a wood stove from my home, and will be building an area for fireplace in a new part of the house. I am not sure if it makes more sense to buy a fireplace insert, buy a wood insert or go the pellet route. I love the heat from burning wood but also want something that be efficient. The wood stove that we had was an older model that came with the house, and would heat a good portion of the house.
    1 Answers
    Pellet burning appliances are certain the most efficient type of solid fuel heater on the market, however the do require a good deal of regular maintenance to keep them operating at top efficiency. If weekly cleaning of the appliance is not a realistic match for your application, I recommend looking at a high efficiency wood burning fireplace instead. A popular seller of ours in this category is the Flame Monaco XTD EPA Zero Clearance Wood Burning Fireplace.
    eFireplaceStore
    on December 16, 2016

    Norman
    from Washington , DC asked:
    December 13, 2016
    I have a coal fire place that has not been used before bought my house.How do I convert it to wood burning? I know with electric, I could just put a insert. How much heat does an electric fireplace give off or is mostly for show?
    1 Answers
    In order to burn wood in this fireplace, it will need to be inspected for safe operation. For this, we recommend using the Chimney Safety Institute's website to locate a certified chimney sweep in your area. To answer your question regarding electric hearth systems, they will produce heat but are limited to around 5000 btus. This will heat a space of approximately 143 square feet.
    Will M.
    on December 13, 2016

    Jeff
    from Elko, NV asked:
    December 3, 2016
    What portion of the dimensions of a fireplace does "shop by size" refer to?
    1 Answers
    The "shop by size" feature is in reference to the width of the fireplace insert itself.
    eFireplaceStore
    on December 5, 2016

    Roderick Henderson
    from Texas asked:
    December 1, 2016
    I want to convert my wood burning fireplace to an electric. what options do I have?
    1 Answers
    You will need to remove the fireplace and replace it with an electric unit. What is the width and height of the opening in your wall?
    Brennan W.
    on December 1, 2016

    Patrick Matthews
    from Halifax, NS asked:
    November 23, 2016
    I have an existing double sided fireplace. I would like to get an insert to fit inside, and utilize the chimney for real wood burning, or pellet. Do you have anything that does not require demolishing the hearth to fit in (less than 30" high)?

    Dave Selewski
    from Detroit, MI asked:
    November 16, 2016
    Is this item gas or electric?

    Ddoug
    from Oregon asked:
    November 15, 2016
    Do you have inserts for two sided fireplaces?

    Travis
    from Page, AZ asked:
    November 10, 2016
    I have a Majestic Insta Flame natural gas fireplace. Model: DVR36 RP. Serial #: B11B0097092094. BTUH appears to be 18,299. I need a replacement fireplace insert for the upper center panel. Can this be ordered individually or do the inserts come in a set?

    Ken
    from Birmingham, AL asked:
    October 27, 2016
    Do I need to remove my existing fireplace to install an electric insert? Thank you.
    1 Answers
    You would not need to remove the existing fireplace to install an electric insert, but you may want to remove the inner refractory to provide more space inside the fireplace opening. A model to consider that appears to work with your dimensions is the Modern Flames ZCR Series Electric Fireplace Insert with Trim - ZCR-3824 as this also offers optional trim to cover the remaining void left between your existing fireplace opening and the outer shell of the insert.
    Will M.
    on October 28, 2016

    Yasi
    from San Francisco, CA asked:
    July 1, 2016
    What is the difference between vent and ventless insert? Also, which one is better, electric or gas inserts?
    1 Answers
    There is a wealth of information available here that should answer any questions regarding vented vs. vent free inserts. When deciding between electric vs. gas, the primary concern should be heating capacity as electric fireplaces and inserts are limited to 5,000 Btu. Another concern will be the aesthetics of an electric fireplace when compared to gas as only the higher end electric inserts will offer a comparable flame. The advantage of an electric fireplace will be the ease and cost of installation. Aside from potentially having to hire an electrician to provide power if it is not currently located where the fireplace is to be installed, you will not need to hire a licensed plumber or gas fitter to perform the installation.
    Will M.
    on July 5, 2016

    Mara
    from AL asked:
    February 17, 2016
    I'm looking for a wood burning insert with double doors. Do you have any?
    1 Answers
    Unfortunately, we do not offer a wood insert with double doors.
    Will M.
    on February 18, 2016

    Tony
    from Guerneville, CA asked:
    January 4, 2016
    I need to get the direct vent pipes to connect my Monessen 33CFDV Patriot 33" Rear/Top Direct Vent Fireplace with Millivolt Pilot, CUI-33CFDVNVSB, Propane. Could you tell me what venting I need to order? I prefer twist lock.
    1 Answers
    For accuracy, please answer the questions asked on our Chimney Pipe Design & Quote Form and you will receive a comprehensive list of components required for installation.
    Will M.
    on January 5, 2016

    Kay
    from Greer, SC asked:
    January 4, 2016
    I'm getting a new house with a ventless fireplace insert. Can we put the fire glass pieces in it without a problem?
    1 Answers
    Media like fire glass or stones will be listed for use with the vent free appliance of your choosing and you will only be able to use media of this type if the product literature for the vent free system of your choosing has been tested with glass media. Fire glass burners are configured differently to accept fire glass and using this decorative material in a vent free system that cannot use glass media will likely result in unsafe operation.
    Will M.
    on January 5, 2016

    Nancy
    from Crystal Lake, IL asked:
    December 28, 2015
    I have a gas fireplace that doesn't throw out a lot of heat. Is there a metal insert or something that will throw the heat into the room?
    1 Answers
    If you have a gas log set installed into a masonry or prefabricated wood burning fireplace, there will be Firebacks for this.
    Will M.
    on December 29, 2015

    Mark
    from Culbertson, NE asked:
    November 30, 2015
    How do you remove the brick liner and baffle on a Majestic 380IDV fireplace insert so you can take the manifold off?
    1 Answers
    This will involve removing the glass to remove the bricks via the retainer clips that hold them in place. After this is done, the baffle should easily be removed. Clarity is provided for removal of the manifold on page 14 of the installation manual.
    Will M.
    on December 1, 2015

    Lois
    from Pottsboro, TX asked:
    November 30, 2015
    Why does the glass in the door of our woodburning fireplace insert turn black and smoke over? We are burning seasoned wood and I recently vacuumed the catalytic business.
    1 Answers
    It could be that the wood is "too seasoned" (rotted) or that there is a leaking gasket in the door. If this is a wood insert, replacing the gasket or adjusting the door will be the best option and the literature for your insert will provide these instructions. If the wood is rotted, the cordwood should be stacked off the ground and covered with a tarp. Splitting the wood will reveal if it is rotted, but rotted wood will also smoke and show sooting on the glass rather quickly. You can wet newspaper and dip the wetted portion into the ash from your last fire to clean the glass quite effectively. After this, burning wood that is confirmed to be seasoned and not rotted or wet should not soot the glass. If this happens, a door adjustment or gasket replacement is in order. Also, investing in a Moisture Meter is always a good idea.
    Will M.
    on December 1, 2015

    Steve
    from San Jose, CA asked:
    November 23, 2015
    Will the Empire Innsbrook Medium Direct Vent Gas Fireplace Insert DV33IN33LN be a good selection for a fireplace located in a 375 to 400 square foot room? To control the room temperature, when you use a FRBTC Remote with Thermostat control, does the fireplace (flame) turn on and off or does the blower just reduce speed?
    1 Answers
    Please note that the product in question is a fireplace insert, meaning that an existing masonry or prefabricating wood burning fireplace is required to install this appliance. However, this insert has a BTU input of 33,000 with 77% efficiency. To heat the space you have described, you will only need around 14,000 BTUs. Like all millivolt valves, the thermostatic remote would simply turn the burner flame off and on, depending on the temperature and the blower would operate independently.
    Will M.
    on November 24, 2015

    Ann
    from Long Island, NY asked:
    November 8, 2015
    If you install a wood burning insert, can you safely mount a TV above it or will the heat damage the TV?
    1 Answers
    So long as the television is installed per the mantel clearances outlined in the installation manual for the insert you have chosen, the television should be safe, however, I highly recommend installing a mantel at the required height and then installing the television above the mantel.
    Will M.
    on November 9, 2015

    Chris
    from VA asked:
    October 26, 2015
    I am looking for wood burning fireplace inserts with outside air kits. What would you recommend?
    1 Answers
    So long as you have the ability to route the flexible ducting, many wood inserts will offer outside air kits. The Drolet Escape 1400 Wood Burning Fireplace Insert w/ Blower Included - DB03120 is one model that offers outside air.
    Will M.
    on October 27, 2015

    Diane
    from Milwaukee, WI asked:
    October 15, 2015
    I have a wood fireplace that I would like to put an electric insert into. The opening is 37" W x 27" H. What size of electric insert do I need to fill that? Also, would it need a surround?
    1 Answers
    I would suggest the Dimplex DFI2310 Deluxe 23" Electric Fireplace Insert to be paired with the Dimplex DFI23TRIMX Expandable Trim Kit for DFI2309 and DFI2310 to cover the spacing left from the insert to the existing fireplace facing.
    Chris C.
    on October 15, 2015

    Sharon
    from ME asked:
    June 6, 2015
    My fireplace is too shallow for a fireplace insert. Is it OK to have a mason make room for an insert without taking down the fireplace?
    1 Answers
    It is certainly possible to build the fireplace opening out in order to house a fireplace insert. You will only need to ensure that any combustible foundation or flooring is covered with noncombustible masonry or cement. You will also need to make sure the flue collar on the unit will not fall directly beneath the lintel, as this would cause issues with venting the insert.
    eFireplaceStore
    on June 7, 2015

    J.W.
    from IL asked:
    April 29, 2015
    In selecting a direct vent insert to convert our gas-ignited, wood-burning, masonry fireplace to gas-only, do we need to select the largest insert that will fit? Can we select a size or two smaller, assuming we are willing to install the right facing to cover the gap between the insert and the original firebox?
    1 Answers
    So long as you select a facing that will cover the area between the insert and the masonry opening, there should be no problem with sizing down on an insert.
    Brennan W.
    on April 29, 2015

    Doug
    from Woodville, TX asked:
    February 27, 2015
    We're interested in a fireplace insert. We have a 1968 house which has an old Superior Heatform Model A fireplace. Is it possible to replace this fireplace with an insert? The original fireplace has a brick chimney. Would we have to completely remove this old fireplace? Also, would we have to remove the chimney and replace it?
    1 Answers
    I have come across many of these heat exchange type firebox "sleeves" and in almost all cases, the brick firebox behind them was not finished to accept an insert. However, the only way to know for certain is to first remove the existing unit and inspect the interior of the firebox to ensure it was lined with firebrick and the chimney has a metal liner or clay flue in good working order.
    eFireplaceStore
    on February 27, 2015

    Bob
    from Columbia, MD asked:
    February 16, 2015
    Do any of the ventless natural gas inserts come with a fan to push out more of the heat?
    1 Answers
    The vent free fireplace inserts we carry do have a circulating blower as standard. This helps to make maximum effective use of the heat generated by the appliance.
    eFireplaceStore
    on February 17, 2015

    Shelley
    from Sherwood Park, Alberta, CAN asked:
    February 15, 2015
    Will the G13600-N fireplace insert work if there is a power outage?
    1 Answers
    The Napoleon GI3600 is a standing pilot/millivolt style of appliance and will indeed work in the event of a power outage. The accessory blower is the only component that will not operate.
    eFireplaceStore
    on February 16, 2015

    Steve
    from Breward, FL asked:
    January 19, 2015
    I am doing some construction on a home with a large back porch where we will be installing a wood burning fireplace. It is a covered porch and the fireplace will not be subjected to water. Do I need a stainless steel fireplace insert or a regular steel insert?
    1 Answers
    By code, a stainless firebox should be installed in any outdoor application that will expose the unit directly to outdoor air. Even if covered, the humidity in the air will quickly corrode a standard sheet metal firebox, requiring it to be replaced within 5 to 8 years on average.
    eFireplaceStore
    on January 20, 2015

    John
    from Cherokee, AL asked:
    January 11, 2015
    Can I add insulation to the outside of this unit to make sure that I do not catch something on fire? My walls inside and out are cypress. I need to make sure it does not get too hot.
    1 Answers
    As long as the back, bottom, top, and sides of the unit are installed maintaining the clearances that are specified in the manual, no additional insulation will need to be used around the fireplace. Adding insulation could actually stifle air flow and cause an overheat situation. The unit will be designed to maintain safe temperatures, as long as the clearances listed in the manual are maintained.
    eFireplaceStore
    on January 12, 2015

    Brendan
    from Silver Spring, MD asked:
    January 1, 2015
    I'm looking for a vented fireplace with a width less than 31 1/2 inches. What would you recommend?
    1 Answers
    One of our most popular smaller vented units is the Napoleon Vittoria Direct Vent Gas Fireplace - 19-in.. The overall framing width of 22 inches is great for installations with limited space.
    eFireplaceStore
    on January 2, 2015

    Kim
    from Hampshire, IL asked:
    December 31, 2014
    Can a fireback be used in a fireplace insert?
    1 Answers
    It is not recommended to do so. The high heat generated in a fireplace insert can warp and damage the casting, as a fireplace insert will not have the dilution air pulled in that an open fireplace will.
    eFireplaceStore
    on December 31, 2014

    Jo
    from Kaufman, TX asked:
    December 6, 2014
    I have an older, 4 foot firebox insert and the damper is not closing completely on one side. Do you have any idea what could be causing this problem?
    1 Answers
    There is potential for buildup of hardened creosote or corrosion of the damper throat to hold the damper plate open. I recommend having the damper and chimney inspected by a chimney sweep to confirm the issue and rectify it.
    eFireplaceStore
    on December 8, 2014

    Steven
    from Fountain, CO asked:
    November 15, 2014
    Can I replace my gas insert with a pellet burning one?
    1 Answers
    As long as your fireplace has the dimensions to house a pellet insert, installation of one should not be a problem. Pellet inserts use a different venting system than gas models. As such, the existing venting will need to be removed and a stainless liner installed for the pellet insert.
    eFireplaceStore
    on November 17, 2014

    Damien
    from Savannah, GA asked:
    November 8, 2014
    Can your models of direct vent gas fireplace inserts fit an existing fireplace opening? My opening is 26-1/4" tall, 25-1/8 wide at the top of the opening, 26" wide at the bottom of the opening, 16-1/2 inches deep at the top, 19" deep at the bottom, and 24" wide at the back.
    1 Answers
    Because of the small size of your fireplace opening, you will need to utilize one of our smallest fireplace inserts. This unit is the Napoleon GDIZC Direct Vent Gas Fireplace Insert. This model is specifically designed to fit small masonry and prefabricated fireplaces, while still providing a substantial BTU output for the size.
    eFireplaceStore
    on November 10, 2014

    Simon
    from NJ asked:
    October 28, 2014
    I have a fireplace that is 42 inches wide and 30 inches high with plenty of depth. What product, for a wood burning insert, would best fit my dimensions as well as maximize the glass window?
    1 Answers
    Ideally, the Osburn 2400 High Efficiency EPA Woodburning Insert with Blower would be used. Another option would be the Napoleon EPA Wood Burning Fireplace Insert - EPI-1402, as it also features a relatively large firebox and an efficient hearth stove design.
    eFireplaceStore
    on October 28, 2014

    Robert
    from Mentor, OH asked:
    October 20, 2014
    I have a fireplace that is not working for real wood burning so I plan on putting in a gas ventless unit. The inside of the fireplace was painted with regular paint. Would that be a major safety hazard?
    1 Answers
    If regular latex or acrylic paint is used, it would have to be stripped completely before installing a vent free gas log set. The paint would be heated to the point of releasing dangerous fumes into the room.
    eFireplaceStore
    on October 21, 2014

    NBellie
    from Phippsburg, MN asked:
    October 4, 2014
    Can a ventless fireplace insert be converted into a vented one?
    1 Answers
    Unfortunately, no. Vent free appliances are specifically tested and listed as such. They cannot be safely modified to a vented version, as the chassis of the unit may be compromised.
    eFireplaceStore
    on October 6, 2014

    Tripper
    from Royal Oak, MD asked:
    October 2, 2014
    Do you sell a wood burning fireplace insert with two doors that open fully?
    1 Answers
    Unfortunately, no. The units we carry use a single door. Most manufacturers have largely steered away from the double door models. This is due to the modern EPA units being smaller and the fact that double doors offer more opportunity for smoke leakage.
    eFireplaceStore
    on October 2, 2014

    Bill
    from Northport, NY asked:
    September 21, 2014
    I'm looking for a fireplace insert to burn wood. What is the difference in manufacturers? How do I know which is the best?
    1 Answers
    The particular brands of insert we carry are all of comparable high quality, save for the US Stove Medium EPA-Certified Wood-Burning Fireplace Insert, which is more of a basic, budget model. The Napoleon series offers some more contemporary models and a great warranty, however Drolet, Osburn, and Flame are all manufactured by SBI and are very well built as well. In these cases, it boils down to looks and capacity of the firebox.
    eFireplaceStore
    on September 22, 2014

    Robert
    from Orlando, FL asked:
    September 20, 2014
    I'm looking for a natural gas fireplace insert, vent less and with a blower, with enough capacity to heat approx. 1000 square feet. I can't find anyone in central Florida that knows anything. My masonry fire box dimensions are approx. 30 1/2" wide; 25" high; and 23" deep (note flue is cracked). Can these devices be run continually in cold weather? What options and details should I be considering?
    1 Answers
    Per the area given and your location, a unit that is capable of producing about 30,000 BTU would be appropriate. Your fireplace is sized to fit something like our a href="https://www.efireplacestore.com/cui-vfp28in23l.html">Empire Innsbrook. While vent free appliances are a great source of efficient heating, it is not a good idea to run them constantly. Extended use of a vent free appliance can lead to excessive moisture build up in the home. Additionally, as these units pull their combustion air from the room, excessive burn times necessitate that a window be opened in the home to allow for recovery of make up air. Additionally, it would be wise to check with your local code enforcement to confirm that vent free appliances are permitted in your area. Some jurisdiction prohibit the installation of these products.
    Kevin E.
    on September 21, 2014

    Jeff
    from Saginaw, MI asked:
    September 16, 2014
    I have a wood burning insert which we added a gas log set to except the gas log produces little to no heat as everything goes right up the metal chimney. I thought you didn't recommend putting a vented gas insert into a wood burning insert but I'm not sure as to why. We currently have a 9 inch ID metal pipe going up to the cap. Couldn't you put a gas insert into the wood insert and run the dual 3 inch lines up the 9 inch metal chimney?
    1 Answers
    As long as the fireplace in question is large enough and has been listed for use with a gas insert, you certainly could install one. The most common problem is finding an insert that is short enough to fit a prefabricated wood burning fireplace. Another common issue is finding an insert that has the 3 inch inlet and exhaust collars that line up with the exhaust collar on the fireplace. In many cases, one collar is too far forward or too far back, preventing you from routing one of the 3 inch liners properly.
    eFireplaceStore
    on September 16, 2014

    Tate
    from Newaygo, MI asked:
    September 13, 2014
    I purchased a Drolet 1400 to put in my marble fireplace and I have a 22 foot chimney in the center of the house with only 3 feet exposed to the outside above roof. My masonry flue liner is 8 X 11 inches. Do I need to insulate the stainless liner or around the insert?
    1 Answers
    You are at the cutoff point between needing to insulate and not needing to insulate. Your chimney is not overly tall and the interior location are points in your favor, but the chimney liner is large enough and your climate is cold enough that insulating would be prudent. Even if the unit does draft without the insulation, it will not operate as efficiently as it could if the liner was wrapped. You will not need to insulate around the unit itself.
    eFireplaceStore
    on September 15, 2014

    Terry
    from Royalton, Ohio asked:
    September 13, 2014
    I have a Majestic M36 model fireplace and would like to install a wood burning insert into the existing box and vent threw existing double wall pipe, that would give me heat to the room that is 26 square foot by 25 square foot with a vaulted ceiling. Is there a insert that you can recommend?
    1 Answers
    Unfortunately, these early Majestic models were not tested and listed for use with a wood burning fireplace insert. Because of this, it is very possible that installation of an insert will subject the combustible framing around the unit to dangerous temperatures. The fireplace floor may also not be able to support the weight of an insert, as insert rated models usually have additional supports and gusseting.
    eFireplaceStore
    on September 15, 2014

    Lee
    from Clinton, IL asked:
    September 11, 2014
    I have an older Superior model FirePlus38 fire place. I've replaced the refractory panels, screens ,etc. I'd like to replace with a high efficiency wood burning fireplace insert but it looks like all of them are required to be installed in masonry construction. My current fireplace is in a freestanding wood framed chase with drywall around the firebox. Can my existing fireplace be replaced with a sealed combustion heating unit? And if so, what sort of contractor should install it?
    1 Answers
    We do indeed carry a unit that functions like a high efficiency fireplace insert, but can be enclosed into a combustible framed wall. The unit is the Flame Monaco XTD EPA Zero Clearance Wood Burning Fireplace. This unit is essentially a wood stove encased in a special chassis to maintain proper clearances. A licensed general contractor would be able to reframe the opening and install this model, along with the required chimney pipe.
    eFireplaceStore
    on September 11, 2014

    Carla
    from Bourne, MA asked:
    September 3, 2014
    Can a gas fireplace insert be installed in a fireplace that has been capped in the second floor? Can we vent the gas fireplace insert downwards into the basement and out a side wall instead?
    1 Answers
    Unfortunately, no. While some of the larger direct vent fireplaces we offer have the option of a power vented exhaust, the inserts do not have this feature. The chimney would have to be extended with prefabricated vent piping or a vent free insert used instead.
    eFireplaceStore
    on September 3, 2014


    Why Buy a Fireplace Insert?

    Although you may enjoy your old fashioned fireplace, these are very inefficient for heating a room, instead heating the bricks and outside air. Considering the time it takes to build and maintain the fire, you may want to look for a more user-friendly option. The answer to your problem is a fireplace insert! At eFireplaceStore.com, we offer many options to fit your needs and home decor. Purchase one of our fireplace inserts to enjoy a lovely fire without the hassle and contamination caused by a traditional masonry fireplace.

    Insert Essentials and Styles:

    Regardless of style and fuel type, all fireplace inserts are essentially the same: a fireproof metal box that contains the heat. Electrically powered fireplaces are perhaps the most convenient, requiring no venting or special expertise to install. You can enjoy the simulated flames with or without heat to create a nice, relaxing atmosphere. Another style that is gaining popularity is the gas insert. Although these require professional installation and sometimes an external vent, they are the most cost-effective fireplaces for heating a room. Some can even be wired to the thermostat in a zone-heated home, helping to keep your gas bill lower!

    Perhaps the most popular style is the wood burning fireplace. This insert is for those who love the sensory delights of handling the firewood, coaxing the flames with kindling, and the sound and smell of a campfire. You will need to keep your chimney free from debris and dispose of the ashes, but it's no more work than maintaining your traditional masonry fireplace and chimney.

    If you are still unsure of which kind to buy, see this article for further guidance.
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