Learn more about how to select an insert for your home's fireplace.
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|BENEFITS||Fireplace inserts are heating units that retrofit into an existing fireplace (masonry or factory-built). Inserts are used to change an existing non-efficient fireplace into an efficient room heater.|
|INSTALLATION||Inserts utilize the existing chimney, though a flue liner or other modification may be necessary. Vent-free inserts for gas, electric or propane require no chimney or flue modification. Most have blowers to circulate the heat.|
|FUEL USE/TYPE||Fireplace inserts burn wood, natural gas, propane, wood and corn pellets, or run on electricity.|
Includes estimated price of average product and installation (in US $)
|Typical cost of a wood, pellet or gas insert into existing fireplace with new liner: $3,000-$4,000 (assumes no gas line work).
|Electric inserts are simple to install into an existing unused masonry fireplace. The typical cost: $100-$300.|
Effiency is measured differently for different fuel types
|Wood inserts (EPA certified) are 60 - 80% efficient.|
|Pellet inserts are 50 - 80% efficient.|
|Heater-listed direct-vent gas fireplace inserts are 58 - 80% efficient.|
|Vent-free gas stoves are 92 - 99% efficient.|
|Electric inserts are up to 99% efficient..
* Accessories such as remote controls and gas line work may add to the estimated cost.