50 Questions &
from MD asked:
October 8, 2017
How are wood burning fireplace inserts sized? What should I be measuring inside of my fireplace to ensure a good fit?
Assuming you have a full masonry/brick fireplace and chimney, we will need the front width, opening height, depth and rear width to determine a proper size. You may also provide the chimney flue dimensions and height.
on October 9, 2017
from Clinton, WA asked:
September 5, 2017
Can I convert my propane gas fireplace insert to wood? If so, what basics are involved? Thank you.
It is not possible to convert a gas insert to a wood burning insert.
on September 5, 2017
from GA asked:
May 21, 2017
Do you know of or are you familiar with a double-sided or see thru wood burning fireplace insert?
Unfortunately, there are currently no see-through wood burning fireplace inserts.
from Tahuya, WA asked:
January 9, 2017
I have a 900 square foot, Pan Abode Cedar Cabin, west of Seattle. I would like to install an insert so I could heat all rooms, #8211; great room, 3 bedrooms and 1 bath. What would you recommend?
Any insert rated about 25000 BTUs would suffice.
from Chapel Hill, NC asked:
January 7, 2017
A friend has an insert that has two levers that control the air circulation in his insert. One controls the air for general fire control, and the other is an "overnight" lever that minimizes the air flow, so the fire burns very slowly through the night. What products offer these sorts of controls.
All of our inserts will have some sort of air control. If you could, please provide the front width, rear width, depth, and height of your fireplace opening, and I will be happy to make a few insert recommendations.
on January 9, 2017
from 80227 asked:
January 1, 2017
I am looking for a wood burning insert of about 69000 BTUs, economical and burn efficient. Can you make a couple of suggestions?
Please confirm you have an existing fireplace into which you plan to install the woodburning insert and, if so, please reply with the full dimensions - front width, rear width, depth and opening height. With this information, we can make specific model suggestions and provide pricing. Please reply to this email or call me (Tyler) at 901-786-6861 to discuss if needed. I will look forward to your response.
on January 2, 2017
from Grand Bblanc, MI asked:
December 29, 2016
My masonry fireplace is 32" by 24", but the depth of the flu is about 16". Is there a adapter for this?
Are you saying that the flue opening is about 16" deep from the front of the fireplace opening? If you are, when relining the chimney for a new insert, you can use a flexible liner instead of a rigid one. There is some concern, but this will allow flexibility.
on December 29, 2016
from Clintondale, NY asked:
December 17, 2016
My fireplace is a Rumsford design. Are there inserts that work with the shallow firebox?
Unfortunately, we have no inserts that would work for a unit of your size.
on December 19, 2016
from Memphis, TN asked:
December 15, 2016
How do you correctly measure an insert?
The front width, rear width, height, depth, front height and rear height should be measured.
on December 15, 2016
from Louisville, KY asked:
November 19, 2016
Do you sell any inserts that can be used in a pre-fab fireplace, such as your Superior 36" WCT Builder Series fireplace? I presently have the fireplace installed and it works great, I am looking for more efficiency.
from San Jose, CA asked:
November 5, 2016
I have a large fire place in the middle of my living room that opens on both sides. Is there an insert that can be installed that opens on both sides, or is there something else that will work?
from Loranger, LA asked:
October 31, 2016
I am looking for a wood burning fireplace insert that does not stick out a lot. I'm looking for the biggest glass possible; my opening is 42" wide 26" tall.
What do you recommend?
from Columbus, OH asked:
October 17, 2016
I have a general question about fire place inserts. I have a bottom of the line wood burning insert (Heatilator EC36) which has no masonry surround or hearth. There is simply a tile surround and tile hearth directly laid on the floor. The flue is a double layer metal duct with 8" ID and 10.5" OD. Can I replace it with any of the models on your website and do I need to do any structural modifications to withstand the weight, mounting, higher temperatures, etc.?
It is likely that no additional support will be needed for the weight of the fireplace, but purchasing one of the fireplaces we offer will require replacement of the chimney as the air-cooled chimney used with prefabricated wood burning fireplaces will be manufacturer and often model specific. Additionally, the tile used for finishing the existing fireplace will likely have to be removed for the existing fireplace to be taken out. This process will provide many options for replacement as the existing framed opening may be altered to accommodate several different choices in many cases. While many customers consider removal of the existing fireplace through an exterior wall, in many cases, this cannot be done without the structural stability of the home coming into question, as many hearth systems are installed in existing walls that may be load-bearing.
on October 18, 2016
from Atlanta, GA asked:
October 3, 2016
I have 2 masonry fireplaces and a chimney at this time. Instead of having to line the entire chimney to the roof, can I just put in 1 length of pipe up and out of the stove and seal around it into the existing clay liner? They are both 10 inch clay liners one being 25 foot long and the other 35 feet long.
While it is certainly possible to run stainless steel flexible liner to the first terracotta flue tile, any modern high-efficiency insert will not operate properly with this configuration. The over-sized chimney flue will cause the flue gas velocity to slow inside the chimney system and you will not be pleased with the performance or heat output from the insert and having this configuration will cause creosote to rapidly cake the masonry chimney flues. Modern high-efficiency wood hearth systems are particularly sensitive to issues with draft.
on October 4, 2016
from Sandwich Il asked:
September 19, 2016
I have a opening in the brick face of 43 1/2 inches what size insert do I need? It is a wood fire place so have damper handle hanging down also have natural gas starter so pipe runs across front about 20 plus inches?
The gas log lighter would need to be removed and capped by a licensed plumber, but we would need to know the interior fireplace opening dimensions (minus the log lighter) to provide a list of compatible inserts. The front width, rear width, front height, rear height and depth would be sufficient.
on September 20, 2016
from Davis, IL asked:
July 11, 2016
Where can I get a replacement door for a fireplace insert?
from Gaithersburg, MD asked:
February 18, 2016
My insert has both a full front screen and glass doors. Which should I use for night burning? Which will allow the blower to move hot air longer ?
For a wood insert, you should keep the doors closed and move the air controls to a lower setting once the fire is established to achieve an extended burn and optimal efficiency. Burning the insert with the screen in place will render the insert inefficient due to the amount of air being drawn into the combustion chamber and the subsequent heat loss up the chimney. Operating a wood insert with an optional screen in place will require fuel to be loaded more frequently to account for the increased air flow, which will also have somewhat of a cooling effect on the firebox. Using the air controls will allow greater efficiency and an extended burn, creating a hotter combustion chamber and a hotter stove will allow the blower to produce heated air for an extended amount of time.
on February 19, 2016
from PC Beach, FL asked:
February 18, 2016
We have an insert that we've changed to natural gas logs. Because the doors remain open when the gas fireplace is operating, can we tile over the vents on the top and bottom of the opening?
A requirement of installing any vented gas log set will be that the wood fireplace is installed per the manufacturer's requirements as a functional wood burning fireplace. As such, the louvers may not be covered with noncombustible finishing materials.
on February 18, 2016
from NJ asked:
February 13, 2016
How do we measure the old firebox insert to order a new one?
The four primary dimensions we would need to know are the front width, rear width, height, and depth of the opening. Please keep in mind that the overall dimensions of the fireplace itself will be larger. Overall dimensions are often called "framing dimensions". These overall dimensions would also need to be known if you wish to minimize the amount of reframing you may have to do.
on February 15, 2016
from Levittown, PA asked:
November 26, 2015
Do you sell a zero clearance wood stove insert?
Unfortunately, the wood stove inserts we sell are not zero clearance. These models can only be installed into an existing masonry or prefabricated fireplace that is rated for such an insert. A model of fireplace that we offer that has similarities to a wood burning fireplace insert is the Flame Monaco XTD EPA Zero Clearance Wood Burning Fireplace
. This model utilizes a closed combustion high efficiency burn chamber, like the current generation of fireplace inserts. The unit is essentially a stove built into a chassis that allows it to be framed into a combustible wall.
on November 27, 2015
from TX asked:
November 2, 2015
We are looking for an insert for our fireplace. The opening dimensions are 29" H X 32" W. Can you help us find a stove that would fit?
from Silver City, NM asked:
October 12, 2015
What is required to install a wood burning fireplace insert in a non-masonry fireplace?
An approved, fully-functional prefabricated wood burning fireplace with corresponding class A chimney, installed per the manufacturer's instructions and approved by the local authority having jurisdiction.
on October 13, 2015
from NY asked:
October 9, 2015
In the event of an electric outage, could a wood fireplace insert work without a blower? If so, what should I expect from the performance of the unit without a functioning blower?
The blower is simply meant to help push the heat around the room. Your insert would still operate well in the event of a power outage. The only difference would be that it may radiate more slowly then it would with the blower operational.
on October 9, 2015
from Twining, MI asked:
October 5, 2015
We bought a Napoleon Timberwolf EP 122 insert and just recently used it for the second time. The blower comes on but does not blow out. Do you know what could be causing the problem?
The blower simply pulls air around the chassis of the stove and "pushes" this air from the small opening above the top of the door. A common misconception is that the blower will actually "blow" air and this is not correct. Typically, the air is pushed from this small opening at about 1 mph after being pulled into the blower at around 5 mph.
on October 6, 2015
from Denver, CO asked:
September 26, 2015
I have an arch front fireplace without glass doors. Will that make it difficult to install a wood burning fireplace insert?
Potentially. If the arch is fairly shallow, you may be able to cover it completely with one of the standard shrouds offered with one of our various fireplace inserts. However, it is not uncommon for steeper arches to be more difficult to cover, necessitating the fabrication of a custom backer plate to conceal the entire arch. The backer plate would lay behind the standard shroud and expand the area it covers.
on September 28, 2015
from Lima, NY asked:
September 10, 2015
What is the difference between the Napoleon EPI-1101P and the EPI-1402 fireplaces?
There are several main differences between the EPI-1402 and the EPI-1101P. The 1402 features a larger firebox allowing it to achieve longer burn times, higher BTU output, which leads to a greater square footage it is capable to heat. The 1402 can also accommodate a more standard 16" log, whereas the 1101P, having a smaller firebox, can only accommodate a smaller 12" log. While both models are roughly the same depth, the 1402 places more of the insert on the fireplace hearth, which may not be suitable for all installations as this will require a greater distance from the face of the fireplace to any combustible material.
on September 10, 2015
from Wake Forest, NC asked:
August 30, 2015
I don't have a chimney, just a vent for a propane burning fireplace. What do I need to replace my propane burning fireplace with a wood burning unit that is good for heating a large room?
In order to utilize a closed combustion (heater rated) wood burning fireplace, you will need to ensure you have the overhead space for a double walled Class A chimney. At their smallest, the chimneys have an 8 inch outer diameter and require a 2 inch clearance to combustibles.
on August 31, 2015
from Passaic, NJ asked:
August 2, 2015
My fire box(fireplace) is 29 wide x 25 1/2 high x 20 deep and the back is 29 inches wide. It doesn't taper. I want a wood burning insert with a large viewing area. What do you suggest?
from Eugene, OR asked:
July 4, 2015
My home is about 1400 square feet and I currently have a brick fireplace with a line chimney and an older "Country insert". My fireplace size is 23" H x 20" D x 40" W with a front hearth that is 72" W x 24" D. Would the Napoleon Timberwolf fireplace insert be a good match for this size of house? Also, would it fit into these fireplace dimensions?
For a masonry fireplace and corresponding terracotta lined masonry chimney with the provided dimensions, the Timberwolf EPI22
would be an excellent choice. We will always recommend verifying the additional clearance information for any masonry insert and Napoleon provides this information on page 9 of the installation manual.
from VA asked:
February 24, 2015
We are looking for a fireplace insert that can go into an existing masonry fireplace with an exterior wall chimney. Our home is 1450 square feet but it's old and poorly built. The fireplace front opening is 36" W x 28 1/2" H x 22" D. The inside back wall dimensions are 28" W x 28" H. I would like an insert with as big of a viewing area as possible that has a quiet double blower. What fireplaces inserts would you recommend?
from Pineville, lD asked:
February 23, 2015
I have a Martin BE42 firebox but the company is no longer in business. Can this accept a new insert? The owner's manual says not to use an insert without the written authorization from the company. It also says that no insert or other product not specified for use with this fireplace can be used. Can I use an insert?
The statement in the Martin owner's manual is typical of most manufacturers and is ambiguous at best. No fireplace manufacturer that I know of tests specific brands of inserts with their units and as such, there is no list of compatible inserts to fireplaces. However, most manufacturers advise that as long as the insert can be installed into the fireplace with the refractory liners in place and with a flexible flue liner, the installation can proceed.
on February 24, 2015
from Hicksville, NY asked:
February 6, 2015
How do I measure the size of an insert that I need? I have one but I have no clue on what size it is.
The size is based on the front width, rear width, height, and depth of your fireplace opening. Generally, as long as the insert is smaller in all dimensions, it can be used. The only exception is the height. There should be at least 4 inches of height between the top of the insert and the underside of the fireplace opening, in order to allow access for connection of the liner to the unit.
on February 9, 2015
from Medford, OR asked:
January 20, 2015
I am looking at installing a 2200I wood insert where I currently have a Warnock Hersey Superior Model BC-36-2 solid wood burning fireplace. After removing the Superior fireplace I am left with an opening large enough to install the 2200I insert but the opening has combustible walls. What are the clearances required for behind and to the sides of the insert to a combustible wall?
Unfortunately, a wood burning insert is unable to be installed into any opening with combustible walls, even if the combustibles are shielded. The manufacturer will only allow installation into an existing masonry chimney or a listed prefabricated box. Your best option will be to install an unit such as the Flame Monaco XTD EPA Zero Clearance Wood Burning Fireplace
. This unit functions much like a wood stove, but can be built into a wood framed opening.
on January 20, 2015
from Jacksonville, FL asked:
December 7, 2014
We currently have a propane fireplace. Would it be easy to convert it to a wood burning fireplace?
Conversion to a wood burning unit can be relatively straightforward, but the primary concern is available space for the chimney system. Most prefabricated wood burning models will require a clear space measuring 15 inches by 15 inches in order for the Class A chimney pipe to vent through the roof. I would start by checking to see if that area is available to you.
on December 8, 2014
from FL asked:
November 21, 2014
Would my FMI fireplace insert, model 3600, which was manufactured in 1992 be EPA Phase 11 certified?
Unfortunately, no. This model was manufactured before EPA testing on wood burning fireplaces came to prominence. This decorative model of hearth appliance does not offer the efficiency or emissions controls necessary to meet the EPA guidelines.
on November 24, 2014
from Kansas City, MO asked:
November 21, 2014
I have an insert that was installed by the previous owner about 11 years ago. The fan is working but it moves little air. What can I do to make it work better? Also, how do I determine what make and model my insert is?
The blower assembly looks to be directly below the door on the insert. Over time, ash, dust, hair, as well as other items may have been pulled into the blower assembly restricting air flow, and possibly clogging the fins on the rotary blowers reducing the amount of air flow. Cleaning out these contaminants may help to increase the air circulation. To determine the model of the unit installed, you may have to pull the insert from the fireplace, or at a minimum remove the surround flashing as there may be a data plate attached directly to the body of the insert, or secured by a short length of cable to the insert as well.
on November 21, 2014
from Justin,TX asked:
November 21, 2014
We have a 9 year old wood burning fireplace that is beginning to wear out. Do you sell the replacement panels for my insert?
from Huntingdon Valley, PA asked:
November 21, 2014
How do the Napoleon EPA inserts differ? The one that is rated at 70,000 BTUs seems to extend outward whereas the 55,000 BTU model looks flush with the fireplace.
is a better unit when compared to the smaller EPI-1101P
. The 1402 features a larger 2.25 cubic foot firebox measuring 18" x 18" x 12", compared to the 1101's 1.7 cubic foot firebox measuring only 13.5" x 18" x 12". With the greater sized firebox comes a longer burn time, greater BTU output, as well as a greater space in which the 1402 can heat. The 1402 comes equipped with two blowers, while the 1101 has one blower resulting in a lower CFM rating. The downside to the 1402 is that with it extending so far from the fireplace opening, it requires a greater distance to combustibles from the fireplace opening than the smaller 1101 as it sets flush with the fireplace opening. Lastly, being that the 1402 sets out further from the fireplace opening, you will have an 8" step in which steamers or other stove top accessories can be used.
on November 21, 2014
from Charleston, SC asked:
November 3, 2014
I want to install a wood burning fireplace in a 1940's house on a wall where none exist. Do you have an insert that will work with basically new construction?
Wood inserts will require some sort of masonry enclosure or prefabricated fireplace to be in place before installation can take place, as they are not insulated for use in a wooden enclosure. However, we do offer several high efficiency closed combustion fireplaces that work like an insert and can be built into a framed opening. One such product that is a popular seller is the Flame Monaco XTD EPA Zero Clearance Wood Burning Fireplace
on November 4, 2014
from Springfield, MO asked:
October 20, 2014
Does the Napoleon Deluxe EPA Wood Burning fireplace Insert complete Package Deal feature a fireplace insert very much like or exactly alike the Napoleon Timberwolf EP122 EPA fireplace Insert?
No, the insert included in the Napoleon Package Deal is the Napoleon EPI-1101P
on October 21, 2014
from Bella Vista, AR asked:
October 10, 2014
I have a 1250 square foot house that has a wood burning fireplace that I heat with about 4 months of the year. I would like to change it out to a better model that has doors that seal. The model I have is a Heatilator model HB42A and the fireplace number is AD693290. When I look at your site I have no idea which models would fit in its place without making it difficult on myself. What would you suggest?
An excellent unit for the size of your home is the Superior WCT6820 Signature Series EPA Phase II Circulating Wood-Burning Fireplace
. This is a completely sealed, high efficiency EPA model that will heat the area well. The framing height and depth are nearly a perfect match, however the new unit is a bit narrower. We do offer wider models, but the heat output will be much greater than required and will likely cause overheating of the home.
on October 10, 2014
from Mooresville, NC asked:
October 4, 2014
I'm looking to put an insert into my fireplace. I have 2600 square feet in the house.
My fireplace measures as such.
Front of the fireplace is 39 inches wide.
The taper in the back is 31 inches wide and 27.5 inches high.
The depth at the bottom is 21 inches and the taper to the top is 19 near the flue.
What would you suggest?
Based on your square footage, I recommend the Osburn 2400 High Efficiency EPA Woodburning Insert with Blower
. This large wood burning insert should be able to heat your home at a high burn setting, as long as the fireplace is somewhat central in location. The fireplace opening is large enough to accommodate the unit and as long as you have a 7 inch deep or greater hearth, the front of the unit will fit.
on October 6, 2014
from Columbus, OH asked:
September 30, 2014
I have a masonry firebox that I would like to keep and install an insert into. I had to remove the chimney down to the damper due to structural issues. I do not want to tear out the brick fascia, mantle, or firebox. My mason recommended that I buy an insert and replace the chimney with a triple wall pipe and a wood chase. Do you offer an insert that will slide into a traditional brick firebox and utilize a triple wall flue in a wood framed chase?
This type of scenario is actually relatively common and the wood burning inserts we carry can be adapted without an issue. A short length of flex liner would need to be routed up through the damper and into an anchor plate atop the brick firebox. Double or triple walled chimney can then be attached to the anchor plate and supported within a wooden chase.
on October 1, 2014
from Westchester, NY asked:
September 30, 2014
Which insert would I need to replace the pre-fabricated tile in the refractory? I have a minor crack on the back panel of my Marco Fireplace.
It is a zero clearance built in fireplace fire chamber intended for use with
Marco listed fireplace parts minimum clearance to combustible services
top zero sides 0 floor 0 back 0 chimney one use Marco listed model
number BKR 36.
A fireplace insert is actually a wood burning appliance that is designed to be installed into an existing fireplace to boost efficiency. It sounds like you are describing a refractory panel. Marco is no longer in business, be we do carry universal panels that can be cut to fit and used as a replacement. One such product is the Hargrove Replacement Fireplace Refractory Panel - 24 inch X 28 inch
. A tile saw or a circular saw equipped with a masonry blade can be used to cut the panel to size.
on October 1, 2014
from Manchester, VT asked:
September 22, 2014
How heavy is this US Stove unit, and is it shipped in multiple cartons because of the surround and the firebricks?
The U.S. Stove 2200 insert has a total weight of 296 pounds. The unit will come shipped on a single pallet, with the bricks already within the unit, however they require final arrangement. The flashing will be boxed and shipped on the same pallet as the unit.
on September 23, 2014
from Frisco, TX asked:
September 13, 2014
I have a small wood fireplace and I am looking for an insert that comes in colors other than black. What would you suggest?
In general, most fireplace inserts are only available in a flat black finish and a few porcelain finishes, but these are usually limited to brown or dark green. A black insert can be coated in a high temperature paint prior to installation, but this would have to be done by the end user.
on September 15, 2014
from Woodland Park, CO asked:
September 5, 2014
I'm looking for a wood burning fireplace insert that is made to fit my pre-fabricated Heatilator EL36 fireplace. Do you have any suggestions?
Unfortunately, the information I was able to find on this model indicates that it is not rated for use with a wood burning fireplace insert or unvented gas logs. The unit is rated for use as an open faced wood burning model or for use with vented gas logs only. The fireplace is likely not robust enough to handle the weight of an insert and the additional heat this is generated.
on September 8, 2014
from Summerville, SC asked:
August 25, 2014
What options are available to replace a prefab fireplace with a wood burning insert? Ours measures 36" with a stone hearth and surround. I would like one that can operate even when the power is out. Would the current 6" double wall pipe be able to be reused as it is in good condition?
Wood burning fireplace inserts require an acceptable prefab or masonry fireplace to be installed into. Depending on the model of prefab you have now, an insert could potentially be installed. However, if the prefab is not rated to use an insert or if it is not large enough to house one, the prefab would need to be removed and a high efficiency fireplace used. High efficiency fireplaces function much like a fireplace insert, but have a metal chassis that surrounds the body of the stove, allowing you to install the unit into a combustible wall. A very popular model that can use 6 inch Class A pipe is the Flame Monaco XTD EPA Zero Clearance Wood Burning Fireplace
on August 26, 2014
from Augusta asked:
August 13, 2014
I'm remodeling a home and would like to add a wood burning fire source but not sure what would be best for efficiency and cost. I'm open to a wood stove unit, but I'm also curious about these "zero clearance" fireplaces. Can you tell me about them? I have no existing chimney or fireplace, but have an interior wall with space behind to build into if needed and with direct roof access for a vent as needed as well. I'm just not sure about the efficiency of fireplaces, as I've heard that vented fireplaces are not good and wonder how/if the zero clearance fireplaces are better or different. Can you tell me what a zero clearance fireplace is exactly?
Zero clearance fireplace is actually a fairly broad term that refers to a prefabricated fireplace that requires little or no clearance to a combustible wall enclosure. Many of these are open face vented models and as you mention, they are not a great source of heat and are largely for looks. High efficiency fireplaces function much like a sealed combustion stove. They use gasketed doors, an air control lever, insulated firebox, and secondary air technology. All of this combines for a small, but intense fire, creating a real source of heat. Modern free standing stoves work the same way.
on August 13, 2014
from Tracy, CA asked:
August 9, 2014
I want to replace the front glass screen on my fireplace. Do you know if that can be done?
This will depend on the type of screen that you have. Some screens are integral to the glass frame, while others are removable. Is the fireplace a manufactured (metal) unit or a masonry fireplace with a glass enclosure. If it is manufactured, please provide the manufacturer name and model number of the unit at your convenience.
on August 11, 2014