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    Fireplace Insert Buyer's Guide

    Ready to upgrade your old fireplace to one that is more efficient and convenient? Fireplace inserts are perfect for homeowners who have a traditional fireplace but are looking for something with more features. The options are almost endless. Choose from wood-burning, pellet, gas, or electric models in a range of styles and sizes. 

    Superior direct vent gas fireplace


    Here's a comprehensive overview of what is available and how to choose the right insert for your home. We'll even cover brand recommendations and maintenance tips.

    What is a Fireplace Insert?

    A fireplace insert is a unit designed to fit inside an existing fireplace. Inserts are usually designed for existing masonry fireplaces, although some manufactured fireplaces accept inserts. There are several categories to choose from depending on the type of fuel you wish to use.

    Note that a prefabricated zero clearance fireplace is not the same as a fireplace insert. Zero clearance fireplaces are meant to be framed into a wall or mantel cabinet. Fireplace inserts require an existing fireplace.

    Occasionally, you will find a fireplace insert model that is capable of being installed in either a framed opening or an existing fireplace. However, for our purposes, we will use the term " fireplace insert" to refer only to an appliance that installs within an existing fireplace.

    Types of Fireplace Inserts

    Fireplace inserts are often categorized by the type of fuel they burn. You can choose from wood burning, pellet, natural gas, propane gas, or electric models. The fuel type determines your venting options, as well as the overall operation of the insert. For gas fireplace inserts, you can choose from vent-free, direct vent, and natural vent options.

    US Stove Corn and Pellet-Burning Fireplace Insert


    Fireplace Inserts vs. Traditional Fireplaces

    One of the main advantages of fireplace inserts is that they offer better heating efficiency. Traditional, open-faced fireplaces are not very efficient when it comes to heating a room. Fireplace inserts are designed to burn fuel better and maximize the heat that radiates to the room. Less fuel is wasted, and less heat is lost to the chimney.

    Their high-efficiency design cuts down on fuel and utility costs. They also offer better air quality because little to no smoke is released back into the room.

    Empire Direct Vent Gas Fireplace Insert


    Another bonus is that they do not take up additional floor space. Instead, they upgrade a fireplace you already have. Depending on the type of insert, you can install them almost anywhere. Many models are rated for bedrooms and bathrooms and even mobile homes.

    There are a few compromises to consider. For one, the sealed front of the inserts somewhat limits flame visibility. They also require an existing fireplace and tend to be smaller in size. Also, although there are a few more modern styles, most of the options are limited to a traditional aesthetic.

    If you want big, open, crackling flames or the ability to put a fireplace anywhere you want, an insert is not the best option. However, fireplace inserts are perfect if you are looking to upgrade your existing fireplace or simply want a replacement that is versatile, low maintenance, and more efficient.

    How to Choose the Right Fireplace Insert

    There are three main considerations when choosing a fireplace insert: the size of the existing fireplace, the type of fuel you want, and your venting preferences. Once you outline your preferences and limitations in those three categories, you'll have a much clearer idea of what model will work best for you.

    Measure the Size of Your Existing Fireplace

    White tape measurer


    Start by measuring the dimensions of the existing fireplace. This includes measuring the width and height at both the front and back of the fireplace. Sometimes fireplace openings are tapered, meaning the opening at the front is bigger than the width and height of the back of the fireplace. You'll also need to measure the depth of the fireplace.

    Measuring for a fireplace insert infographic


    Fireplace inserts are designed to fit inside a range of fireplace sizes. They come with a metal surround that acts as a frame and covers the gap between the insert and the opening of the fireplace. If the opening is too small, the insert will not fit. If the opening is too large, the surround will not be wide enough to cover the gap between the fireplace insert and the opening of the existing fireplace.

    Most fireplace inserts are designed for traditional masonry fireplaces (i.e. fireplace openings made out of masonry materials like stone or brick). Finding an insert for a manufactured fireplace is more difficult. Many manufacturers forbid the use of fireplace inserts with their fireplaces, or they limit the inserts to certain approved prefabricated models.

    Take note of any other aspects of the existing fireplace. Is it on an outside wall? Does it have a functional chimney? This will help you know your limitations when you move on to the next step of choosing the right fuel.

    Choose Your Fuel and Vent Type

    Fuel options for your fireplace insert include wood burning, pellet burning, natural or propane gas, and electric. The fuel you use will determine whether you need gas lines or power outlets. It also determines the venting and other installation requirements your insert will need.

    Wood Burning Fireplace Inserts

    Wood burning fireplace inserts function like a wood stove. They use a flexible or rigid vent liner that routes into the existing chimney. Many require a liner for the full length of the chimney. Wood burning fireplace inserts are a good option if you wish to continue using wood for fuel but want a more heat efficient appliance. But, they take more effort to operate and maintain than the other fuel options.

    Napoleon EPA Wood Burning Fireplace Insert


    Unlike a masonry wood burning fireplace, wood burning stoves and inserts are subject to EPA efficiency standards. The current EPA regulations specify that stoves must produce less than 4.5 grams of smoke per hour. By May 2020, that number will be as low as 2.5 grams per hour.

    Pellet Stove Inserts

    A pellet fireplace insert functions like its pellet stove counterpart, burning small compressed pellets of wood biomass as fuel. In addition to a chimney for the flexible vent liner, pellet inserts also require an electrical power source. The electricity used to power fans and pellet feed augers within pellet fireplace inserts offers some automation and control over the heat output of the fire. Thermostatic controls can be set to maintain the desired temperature range.

    Napoleon 45-Inch Black Pellet Stove Insert


    Pellet stove inserts use a flexible vent liner that runs from the vent collar on the unit up through the chimney. We recommend installing a cleanout tee near the flue collar of the insert so that you can clean out the liner without taking apart the entire vent structure.

    Pellet inserts are easy to operate, but they require more maintenance than gas or electric models.

    Gas Fireplace Inserts

    Gas fireplace inserts obviously require a gas line to accept propane or natural gas. If you do not have an existing gas hook up for the fireplace, you will need to hire a professional plumber to run a line for you. Most models also require an electrical power source. Choose from vent-free, direct vent, and natural vent options for venting the appliance.

    Real Fyre mSeries Direct Vent Gas Fireplace Insert


    We recommend getting a price quote to get an estimate for the costs for running a new gas line or having an existing gas line extended. Some gas line installations can be rather pricey. Gas fireplace inserts are available for either propane or natural gas. Make sure the insert you use is designed for the type of gas you intend to use.

    If you need more information to help you understand the differences between natural gas and propane, click here to read this article. It explains the differences between the two gases, tells which gas is best for certain situations, and describes the process for converting from one gas to the other.

    Vent-free gas models do not need outside venting. Instead, they rely on room air for oxygen and vent the tiny amount of smoke they produce back into the room. Vent-free inserts are convenient, but check to make sure they are allowed where you live since they are restricted in some areas. They are also not recommended for anyone with air sensitivities.

    Direct vent gas inserts are completely sealed to the room and only exchange air through the outdoor venting system. This makes them a good option for anyone especially concerned with air quality since none of the smoke produced ever enters the room. Many direct vent gas fireplace inserts have blowers or electronic ignitions that require electricity. So, be sure to check that you have an outlet nearby if you decide to go with a direct-vent option.

    Direct vent gas fireplaces use a rigid coaxial vent pipe that features a small pipe within a larger pipe. The small pipe is responsible for venting the exhaust gases and the larger pipe draws in outside air for combustion.

    However, a direct vent gas fireplace insert is designed to vent through the chimney of the existing fireplace. Instead of a rigid coaxial pipe, the inserts use two flexible liners called co-linear vent pipes that run side by side up the chimney. One liner draws in air from outside and the other expels the exhaust gases.

    Unlike direct vent gas inserts, natural vent (b-vent) gas fireplace inserts are not sealed to the room. They require a chimney liner for venting much like a traditional wood burning fireplace. Not all models require an electrical outlet, but always check to make sure you have one if it is needed. These units are mostly used for aesthetics since they have tall, beautiful flames but are not very heat efficient.

    Electric Fireplace Inserts

    Electric fireplace inserts are the most versatile option. They do not require any venting or gas lines and can be installed almost anywhere. The only consideration is the electrical supply. The flame technology of electric models has come a long way in producing a lovely, realistic fire display. The inserts can come with or without a heating component. Click here to learn more detailed information about electric fireplace inserts, including the different types available, the proper ways to install and clean them, and a list of some top manufacturers.

    Dimplex electric fireplace insert


    Leading Brands

    • Kingsman - This manufacturer is notable as a pioneer of gas-fueled fireplaces and inserts in the hearth industry. With modern products featuring exclusively gas-fueled operation, Kingsman fireplace inserts offer considerable customization options at a price that many can afford. In many cases, several decorative overlays, surrounds, and media options are available for a single insert, allowing the consumer to tailor the appliance to their exact needs.
    • Napoleon - It's difficult to find a more all-inclusive product line up than Napoleon products. Realizing early on that the best way to build a strong company was to build something for everyone, Napoleon offers inserts in wood burning, gas, electric, and pellet fueled models. All of their models are built to high standards and are constantly evolving and improving based on real-world needs.
    • Quadra-Fire - A long-time manufacturer of high-quality hearth products, Quadra-Fire offers consumers a limited, but handsome looking assortment of wood, gas, and pellet fueled inserts. Their products are timeless and built to a level of quality that makes them stand out.
    • Dimplex - Unmatched in quality or variety, Dimplex manufactures one of the widest range of electric fireplaces and inserts in the industry. Well-known as an early player in electric fireplace technology, Dimplex continues to lead the industry in electric flame realism. They offer a range of products that can be installed like an insert, giving consumers an alternative to gas and wood-fired options.
    Types of fireplace inserts infographic

    How to Install Fireplace Inserts

    There are four basic phases of any fireplace insert installation. The first is the planning stage, which involves finding the right model and planning out the installation. The next stage is the prep work to prepare the existing fireplace for the insert. The last two stages are installation and inspection, which involve installing the insert and testing it to make sure it works properly.

    Phase I: Planning

    Two male contractors at an installation site


    As mentioned in the section on choosing the right insert, finding an appropriately sized unit is key. Depending on the type of fuel you choose, fireplace inserts are designed to fit a range of openings. Whether you choose to install yours into the opening of existing fireplaces or an opening in a framed wall structure, measure the installation location carefully and double-check that the unit you buy will fit. Once you decide on your fuel preference and size limitations, you can begin planning for the venting components and provisions for a gas line installation.

    We recommend hiring a professional to run gas lines or install electrical outlets. Ideally, the electrician will install a recessed outlet behind the fireplace insert. This keeps any cords from trailing out from the unit to nearby power outlets. It's usually best to have a power supply on a dedicated circuit, but this is somewhat dependent on the type of appliance.

    Purchase all the appropriate venting components, including chimney liners. If you are converting from one fuel supply to the other, buy the conversion parts you will need.

    Phase II: Prep Work

    Fireplace prep for insert installation


    The prep work involves any fuel conversion and preparation of the existing fireplace. If the fireplace has a damper, you will likely need to remove it to make room for the chimney liner. Masonry fireplace openings often have rough edges that must be smoothed so the surround of the insert can sit flush against the front of the fireplace.

    If the fireplace is stone or brick, the edges can be smoothed with a grinder. Don't use a grinder on material that shatters easily (such as slate). Instead, screed a small layer of cement around the opening to create a smooth edge.

    Wood to Gas Conversion

    Have a plumber install a gas line for the new fireplace insert. The components need for fireplace inserts are slightly different depending on whether they use natural gas or propane. Make sure the model you buy is rated for the type of gas you intend to use. You will likely need a 120-volt power supply as well.

    Always read your owner's manual for details on your specific model. The manufacturer will specify what the appliance requires in terms of the power supply, installation restrictions, and maintenance.

    Gas to Wood (or Pellet) Conversion

    Remove the gas log lighter and seal the gas supply line. This must be done properly to ensure safety. We recommend hiring a professional plumber to remove gas components and seal the gas lines. You will also need to remove the chimney damper and make sure that there is sufficient venting for the wood-burning fire.

    A wood stove insert may or may not need a power supply. But, all pellet stove inserts require a power supply to run the fuel auger and blowers.

    Wood or Gas to Electric Conversion

    Electric fireplace inserts do not need venting, so close off the chimney flue and damper. Remove any gas lighter or log sets and properly seal off the gas lines. Hire an electrician to install a recessed outlet behind the electric insert to keep the cords hidden. If a recessed outlet is not an option, you can use a nearby outlet.

    Coverting fuel for fireplace inserts infographic

    Phase III: Installation

    Two men delivering a shipment


    Many fireplace inserts are heavy, so enlist extra help lifting the unit into place. Start by assembling the venting. Hook up any gas lines or power supply to the unit. Fit the insert into place and use the included hardware to mount the surround around the unit. The surround should sit flush to the opening of the fireplace. Don't forget to add new veneer facing around the perimeter of your fireplace opening if the old one no longer works!

    Just make sure to read the instructions for your unit before starting the installation. Depending on the type of model, there may be slight variations in the installation.

    Phase IV: Inspection

    Gas pressure meter


    Inspection is a critical part of ensuring the safety of your new fireplace insert. We'll go over inspection tips for each of the main categories of fireplace inserts. If you have any concerns about how your fireplace insert is operating, do not hesitate to call the manufacturer or one of our NFI Certified technicians.

    Phases of fireplace insert installation infographic

    How to Inspect a Fireplace Insert

    • Start the initial kindling fire and watch to see that smoke is drawn to the vent liner and does not spill into the room.
    • Once fuel logs are added and burning, close the door. Verify that you can control the rate of the burn by adjusting the air control handle between the high and low burn settings.
    • During operation, inspect for smoke leaks around the door gasket. Check that the doors close and latch properly.
    • If equipped with an outside air kit, test to see if it operates as it should.
    • Complete an external inspection of the chimney to make sure smoke is exiting properly and not pooling at the chimney termination.

    How To Inspect Pellet Stove Inserts

    • When first starting the unit, test the control board to see if the system responds properly.
    • Listen to the pellet feed auger. It should sound relatively quiet and consistent.
    • Check that the auger is dropping a metered amount of pellets into the burn pot. It should not be over or under-filling the burn pot.
    • Monitor the burn pot to see if the igniter is lighting the pellets and combustion air is helping them burn evenly.
    • Watch for any smoke leaks from the glass front or the back of the unit.
    • Verify that the convection blower cycles on when it should and that heat is being emitted into the room. If the fan has a manual adjustment, check that all the speed settings work.
    • There should not be any smoke smell in the home when the unit is operating.

    How To Inspect Vented Gas Fireplace Inserts

    • During initial use, check that the pilot light ignites and remains stable prior to igniting the main burner.
    • Monitor the main burner ignition. The sequence should be controlled and not sudden or violent.
    • Watch the flame pattern. Look for burner ports with no flame or overly sooty or blue flames. If the flame pattern appears incorrect, verify the air shutter is set properly. (The manufacturer will have instructions for these adjustments.)
    • If equipped with a fan, test the fan to ensure it cycles as it should.
    • Gas appliances release an odor that smells like burning paint when they are first used. Odd smells should not linger after the unit has been used for more than 4 hours.

    How To Inspect Vent-Free Gas Fireplace Inserts

    • Vent-free gas models follow the same inspection rules as vented gas models.
    • However, there is an additional step. You'll need to check that the flame is not being blocked by a log and that there are no acrid odors emitting from the unit.

    How To Inspect Electric Fireplace Inserts

    • Inspect the unit to see that the backlighting and other lighting features work.
    • Verify the heating element operates and the fan-forced heat can be felt in the room (if applicable).
    • Listen for odd sounds such as clicking or grinding.
    • An odor of hot metal will be present initially but should dissipate within an hour.
    • Verify the remote and other controls all function as designed.

    Fireplace Insert Maintenance Tips

    Vacuuming the firebox with a brush hose


    The owner's manual will contain specific instructions for the care and maintenance of your specific model. Wood and pellet fireplace inserts require the most frequent maintenance. Gas and electric models are easier to maintain but should still be cleaned and inspected regularly.

    Wood and Pellet

    Always use the proper fuel for wood or pellet stoves. Do not burn trash or any unauthorized fuel since this can lead to harmful creosote buildup. Clean out the ash regularly according to the instructions. Schedule a yearly inspection to make sure all of the components are working safely.

    If you installed a cleanout tee on your pellet insert, it should be easier to periodically sweep out the vent liner. Simply remove the surround and gently pull the unit forward. Detach the cover of the cleanout tee to sweep the liner.

    Vented and Vent-Free Gas Models

    Make sure to have the unit inspected each year by a certified professional to make sure everything is in working order. Periodically vacuum the components to prevent dust buildup. Do this gently so you don't damage any parts. The glass can be cleaned with a soft cloth and a water-based cleanser.

    Electric Models

    Electric models require the least amount of maintenance. Keep an eye on the electrical wires to make sure they are not frayed or chewed. This is especially important if you have rodents near your area. Vacuum the unit to prevent dust from building up on the fan or other components. You can wipe down the glass periodically.

    Shipping

    Small, lightweight fireplace inserts are capable of being shipped via small parcel post. Larger units will require LTL carrier shipping. Always inspect the unit as soon as it arrives to check for any damage or missing parts. Contact the manufacturer immediately if you notice anything amiss.

    Summary

    Fireplace inserts breathe new life into old, inefficient fireplaces. Whether you opt for wood-burning, gas, or electric, you can find a model that fits your space and meets your needs. The range of options for fireplace inserts is quite broad. So, focus on your main priorities for your space to help you narrow down what will be the best option.

    As always, reach out to us with any questions! Our NFI Certified Technicians are available to help!

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    Fireplace Inserts Q&A with the NFI Certified Specialists

    * Please Note: All customer questions are answered by our NFI Certified Specialists free of charge!
    24 Questions & 24 Answers
    Juanita
    from El Paso, TX asked:
    July 13, 2017
    What is the difference between an insert and a fireplace?
    1 Answer
    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.
    Submitted by: eFireplaceStore on July 13, 2017

    Mary and Ray
    from Vancouver, WA asked:
    August 8, 2020
    How heavy is a fireplace insert?
    1 Answer
    The weights of our inserts vary quite a bit depending on size and type (woodburning vs. gas).
    Submitted by: Tyler M. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on August 10, 2020

    Richard
    from Lakeville, MN asked:
    February 24, 2020
    We have a model HCE-4550A fireplace system with BF Series doors. Do you sell an all-black trim kit for this box and doors?
    1 Answer
    No, we do not offer a trim, frame or glass doors for this model. We apologize for the inconvenience.
    Submitted by: Tyler M. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on February 25, 2020

    Chris
    February 19, 2020
    Do they make a propane insert to go in an existing wood stove?
    1 Answer
    Unfortunately, there are no gas log sets or inserts that may be used with a wood stove.†
    Submitted by: Will M. on February 19, 2020

    Madelyn C
    from Port Hadlock, WA asked:
    February 17, 2020
    Who does the installation?
    1 Answer
    You would need to find a qualified installer locally. We recommend using this website.†
    Submitted by: Will M. on February 17, 2020

    Kory R.
    from 60020 asked:
    February 4, 2020
    I currently have a prefab wood burning fireplace with gas line. I would like to add a gas insert for heat. Would it be best to remove the prefab unit completely to accommodate a larger gas insert?
    1 Answer
    You would need to take the prefab out of the wall to remove it.
    Submitted by: Owen O. on February 5, 2020

    Jack G.
    from Morgantown, IN asked:
    January 13, 2020
    Do I need an external regulator for a natural gas fireplace insert?
    1 Answer
    This depends on the model and your application, including how many other gas appliances are being serviced by your natural gas supply.
    Submitted by: Tyler M. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 14, 2020

    Pam
    from Raleigh, NC asked:
    January 13, 2020
    My firebox is in good shape but someone removed the chimney stack from the attic through the roof. If I want to install a direct vent gas chimney, can I use a metal chimney chase above the roofline instead of having a mason rebuild the chase? How do I do that?
    1 Answer
    Unfortunately, a direct vent gas fireplace insert cannot be installed if the chimney from the existing fireplace has been removed. Your only option will be a full direct vent fireplace, which would then require its own coaxial, double-wall vent pipe. For more information, please see our Gas Fireplace and Stove Buying Guide.
    Submitted by: Tyler M. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on January 14, 2020

    Joe
    from NE Ohio asked:
    December 31, 2019

    Does anyone make a fireplace insert that is powered by a high-efficiency mini-split heat pump?

    1 Answer
    We do not sell, nor are we aware of any such insert. We apologize for the inconvenience.
    Submitted by: Tyler M. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 31, 2019

    Ramona
    from Springfield, IL asked:
    December 14, 2019
    I have a small fireplace; 23 x 24 x 12 deep, in a 1910 home. Iím told it was originally a coal fireplace. Can I get a wood or pellet insert for this fireplace?
    1 Answer
    We apologize, but we do not offer any wood or pellet inserts that are small enough to fit inside your fireplace.
    Submitted by: Tyler M. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 16, 2019

    Joshua T.
    from Milford, MI asked:
    December 5, 2019
    Do you sell an insert that is natural gas but that you can also burn wood in?
    1 Answer
    No, we do not.
    Submitted by: Owen O. on December 5, 2019

    Bustar
    from Marinette, WI asked:
    November 19, 2019
    I need a set of glass fireplace doors and a new panel/brick liner for a Temtex 42-41 model number fireplace, Can you help me with this?
    1 Answer

    Your Temtex model is discontinued and no parts are available for it.  We do not have any options for glass doors, but we can offer universal refractory panels that are one inch thick and can be used in your model. 

    One 24"h x 28"w Panel

    Two 24" h x 40"w Panels

    These panels are about 1" thick and can be cut down to the size you need with a masonry blade or tile saw.  They are suitable for use as side, rear and floor panels inside any manufactured woodburning fireplace. 

    Submitted by: Tyler M. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 20, 2019

    Bill S.
    from San Rafael. CA asked:
    November 4, 2019

    Are there fireplace inserts that have a battery back-up in case of power outage?


    1 Answer
    Yes, most gas fireplaces with an electronic ignition offer a battery back-up such as you describe so that the burner can still ignite in the event of a power outage.
    Submitted by: Tyler M. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 5, 2019

    Curt
    from Grand Rapids MI asked:
    October 26, 2019
    Why can't you vent a fireplace insert horizontal?
    1 Answer
    If you are referring to direct vent fireplace inserts, it's because these products differ from direct vent fireplaces which exhaust combustion gases to the outdoors via a coaxial system where the inner exhaust pipe is shielded by the outer intake pipe for the entirety of the vent run with the exhaust and intake positioned inside the special horizontal termination cap in the correct pressure zone needed to provide balanced combustion. Since direct vent inserts use a co-linear pipe system which is only tested and safe for installation where an existing mostly vertical masonry or prefabricated chimney is present, there wouldn't be a way to position the co-linear pipe system in a way to ensure the intake and combustion air would ever be balanced.††
    Submitted by: Will M. on October 28, 2019

    Stephanie
    from Fairfax, VA asked:
    October 18, 2019
    Does the damper always need to be in a fixed open position for a vented gas log set?
    1 Answer
    As per code, yes it does.
    Submitted by: Owen O. on October 18, 2019

    Tom P.
    from Somerset, MA asked:
    October 17, 2019
    What type of gas insert can be used for fireplaces that you can see through?  
    1 Answer
    If this is a see-through wood-burning fireplace, no inserts are currently manufactured for a see-through application and your only option would be a set of see-through gas logs.
    Submitted by: Will M. on October 17, 2019

    Jeff
    from Boston asked:
    March 3, 2019
    With these inserts, are they all behind glass? Can you burn them with the door open?
    1 Answer
    The direct vent inserts we carry will all be behind glass and will not function with the glass off. If you would like one with an open face, you will want to look at our vent free inserts.
    Submitted by: Brennan W. on March 4, 2019

    Eric
    from Susanville Ca asked:
    April 12, 2018
    How do I measure the fireplace for the correct fit of a wood burning insert?
    1 Answer
    You will need to measure the front width, rear width, height and depth of your fireplace opening. If you have a masonry fireplace with a taper where it is less deep at the top of the opening than it is at the bottom, you may need to consider the measurements of the insert you are considering.
    Submitted by: Will M. on April 12, 2018

    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 Answer
    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.
    Submitted by: Owen on October 12, 2017

    Kim
    from Hampshire, IL asked:
    December 31, 2014
    Can a fireback be used in a fireplace insert?
    1 Answer
    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.
    Submitted by: eFireplaceStore on December 31, 2014

    Steven
    from Fountain, CO asked:
    November 15, 2014
    Can I replace my gas insert with a pellet burning one?
    1 Answer
    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.
    Submitted by: eFireplaceStore on November 17, 2014

    Bill
    from Hollisgton, MA asked:
    September 23, 2013
    How would you install the insert into an existing fireplace? What kind of liner is required?
    1 Answer
    Wood burning and gas inserts alike will usually use a decorative metal surround to cover any additional space between the insert and the fireplace opening. The insert would simply be pushed into position, then the liner can be dropped down the chimney flue. Lastly, the surround can be attached.
    Submitted by: Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on September 24, 2013

    Ceil
    from FL asked:
    March 22, 2013
    Do any inserts come with a way to catch ashes so that removal is easier?
    1 Answer
    Unfortunately, the fireplace inserts that we offer do not have an option for an ash pan or tray. Ashes must be raked or swept to the front of the unit and removed using a handheld ash pan.
    Submitted by: Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on March 25, 2013

    Steve
    from Sacramento, CA asked:
    November 8, 2012
    Typically, how do you clean the glass on a gas fireplace? How do you get to the inside?
    1 Answer
    In most cases, direct vent and some sealed B-vent fireplaces will have metal clasps or screw clasps that will hold the glass in place. Depending on your unit, the clasps may be on the top, bottom, or upper and lower sides. Usually, top and bottom types will only have 2 clasps, which will allow the glass to tilt up or down when opened. Side clasp models typically have 4 clasps that will all need to be opened to allow you to pull the glass straight off when opened.
    Submitted by: Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 9, 2012

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