12 Best Fireplace Inserts of 2021 [Reviews+Buyer’s Guide]

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Designed to fit your existing masonry fireplace, gas fireplace inserts are the most efficient way to fix your cold fireplace chain, reduce your home heating bill, and update the look of a room. They can even increase the value of your home! If you want to experience the clean comfort of natural gas and the amazing beauty of fire, look for these resources.

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Last update on 2022-11-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Top 10 Best Fireplace Inserts To Buy In 2021

Last update on 2022-11-28 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

10 Best Fireplace Inserts Review

Bestseller No. 1
TURBRO Eternal Flame 20-Inch Infrared Quartz Electric Fireplace Log Heater, Realistic Lemonwood Logs, Thermostat, EF20-LG, 1500W
  • Hassle-Free Heat: Having a fireplace used to mean gathering firewood, sweeping the chimney, and dealing with smoke inside your house. Now you can have a flickering fire in seconds with the TURBRO Eternal Flame electric log.
  • Alternative Heating: Instead of cranking up your furnace thermostat, use the Eternal Flame fireplace insert as a cost-effective additional heater for your living room or den. With infrared heating, the Eternal Flame warms up room quickly without drying your skin or air. Enjoy the comfort of the warm sunshine at any time in winter.
  • Realistic Flames: Super realistic simulation of the burning effect of the firewood log set, from the details of the log set and the flames, vividly restored the real firewood burning effect. Let you enjoy a visual effect like a real fire, without troubled by cleaning up burning ashes. Keeping your room clean and the air fresh.
  • Easy to Use: With an adjustable thermostat and simplified control panel you can have these glowing logs installed and adding heat to your room in minutes.
  • Dual Overheat Protection: Automatically shuts the heater off when it gets too hot. Also built-in a safety fuse to protect from overload heat. The TURBRO Eternal Flame heater is CSA certified to be safe for use in North America.
Bestseller No. 2
Antarctic Star 42 Inch Electric Fireplace in-Wall Recessed and Wall Mounted, Fireplace Heater and Linear Fireplace with Multicolor Flame, Timer, 750/1500W Control by Touch Panel & Remote
  • Multiple Install Methods:This electric fireplace not only can be Recessed or semi recessed in wall but also can be Wall Mounted, This 42-inch-wide electric fireplace only weighs 42.9pounds, so one person can easily hang it on the wall using the step-by-step instructions provided. Once it has been mounted to your wall, all you need to do is hang and secure your fireplace with the drywall screws. Overall dimensions: 42” x 18.11” x 3.86”
  • Realistic Flame Effects:Ultra High Intensity Led lights with large display allows the flame to "burn" high enough, flames emerge slowly from the "source" and then get pulled to the top of the fireplace where they flash in the heat of the top of the fireplace.12-color flame and crystal combination change creat an incredibly realistic & colorful effects (The colors range from traditional red to a modern blue, purple or pink)
  • THERMOSTAT and ENERGY SAVINGS: Front heater blower, 750W & 1500W modes can be adjusted accordingly for both warm and energy saving purpose. The supplemental zone heating is for up to 400 square feet.The heating level can be adjusted according to the your preference, making this fireplace a functional electric heater or a practical decorative no heat fireplace. You can turn it all up in freezing winter to keep you snug and warm.
  • Flexible Control Modes:Remote and touch screen make it more convenient to control every function of electric fireplace,power switch,1-8 hours timer control,independent switch of heating and flame,adjustable flame color and speed,sleep mode function.
  • Safe to Use and Pollution-free: Our product is CETL certified and equipped with safety cut-off device for overheat protection. Since it is not a real flame, the electric fireplace will not produce harmful gas, dust or ashes, which ensures an environmentally friendly use.
SaleBestseller No. 3
28.5" Electric Fireplace Insert, Recessed & Freestanding Fireplace with Adjustable Flame Color & Timer, Indoor Fireplace Heater w/ Remote Control (750W/1500W)
  • 🔥Energy-saving Design: The fireplace heater with 2 heat settings (750W/1500W) can heat up to 400 square feet for the entire room. It’s not only efficient but also helps to avoid the waste of excess electricity. Meanwhile, you can choose the flame-only/heat-only mode to let it be a great decor at any time.
  • 🔥Realistic Flame Present: With glowing resin log and ember bed, this fireplace simulates real flame effect, creating a warm and cozy atmosphere for you home. There are 3 colors flames and 5 brightness level options for you to choose based on your preference. You can enjoy the flame effect with the heat or not.
  • 🔥Remote Control Available: Besides the button panel, it comes up with a remote control that you can operate the electric fireplace within 20 ft. Set temperature from 62°F to 82°F. Enjoy the constant temperature heating and realistic flames. Control the time in 1-8 h which will automatically shut off when the time is up.
  • 🔥Safe & Comfort: Different from traditional fireplace, the ETL certificated electric fireplace requiring no gas or oil is smokeless and ash-less. With overheating protection, it would cut-off the device when the heater is super heating to prevent accidents.
  • 🔥Multiple Installation Methods: This 28.5” x 21” x 6” electric fireplace heater is the perfect size for most family, you can put it into your DIY stone wall, let it directly recessed into the existing mantel or just place it on the cabinet. It will save space and offers a traditional style with coziness.
SaleBestseller No. 4
ALPACA Electric Fireplace Logs Inserts Heater with Infrared Remote Controller 5 Flame Brightness 24h Timer Overheating Protection for Home and Office Decor Black
  • REALISTIC 3D FAKE FLAME: ALPACA flame light imitates burning logs, presenting a realistic, rolling, and pulsating flame effect. The electric fireplaces adopt exquisite craftsmanship and premium material that can be run independently of heating, you no longer need to haul wood and clean up ashes.
  • ENERGY SAVING FIREPLACE INSERT: Both the flame and temperature can be adjusted independently, there are 5 brightness levels of flame and 2 heating modes for you to choose from, The flame function can be used separately whether the heater is on or off, making this electric logs for fireplace convenient to use in every season.
  • FAN HEATING FUNCTION: It comes with an adjustable fan heater, its function allows you to control the temperature and air humidity in the room. Equipped with remote control, press the heater button once or twice for high and low heating mode. When you press the heater button the 3rd time, the heater will turn off and the fan will continue running for 60 seconds to disperse the remaining heat from inside. The fan does not sound loud so it does not influence you to read, rest, or even sleep.
  • OVERHEAT PROTECTION: For the safety of your family, our fireplace is safely equipped with overheating automatic shutdown function and it is ETL certified, it will automatically cut off the power when overheating, ensuring that you fall asleep warmly and quietly at night without any worries. You can press the timer button to set a timer between 1 to 24 hours, after which the heater will turn on or off by itself.
  • PORTABLE ELECTRIC FIREPLACE LOGS: Plugs into any 120 volts outlet, the electric logs can be placed anywhere you like, it can free standing and built-in installation. It also can be a replacement for a traditional fireplace. Comfortable warmth—a small electric fireplace heater ideal for your living room, bedroom, basement, office, courtyard, or store.
Bestseller No. 5
Electric Fireplace Logs Heater, 21'' Fireplace Insert w/ Realistic Fake Fire, 4 Flame Brightness, Remote Control, 8H Timer, Overheat Protection, Flickering Fire for Living Room, Christmas Decor
  • 🔥【Burning Like Real Fire】 - Beautiful, awesome and impressive! I don't know how to express the beauty of this faux electric fireplace insert. When lifelike fake fire dances in your fireplace, it is like real firewood burning. Independent function design allows you to turn on the flame effect without heating, 4 levels of flame brightness available. Perfect to be Christmas decoration and gift. Winter is coming. Let's create a peaceful and cozy room together, for this night and all the nights to come.
  • 🔥【1500W Heating Power! Replace Your Traditional Fireplace Inserts Now】 - Not only perfect Christmas decor, but also a space heater with 1500W heating power. No smoke, no odor, no ash. Clean and easy to maintain. With overheat protection, this electric fireplace will keep your house away from fire hazards while protecting your health and saving labor. Definitely a excellent alternative to your traditional wood fireplace.
  • 🔥【Vintage Brass Paint Finish & Artificial Log Charcoal Ember】 - In order to make its style look more ancient, we made its appearance into the color of vintage brass, which looks like real metal. Match with artificial log ember, it looks like a real fireplace insert. When the fire is lit, everything becomes so wonderful.
  • 🔥【Remote Control & 8H Timer】 - Just pleasantly enjoy leisure time on your sofa, remotely control the electric fireplace logs light brightness with or without heating. Set 8H auto shutoff timer before you go to sleep, pulsating reddish glow accompanies you into a warm dream.
  • 🔥【No Assembly & Installation Required】- Just plug in and use! Compared with other electric fireplace inserts, this freestanding electric fireplace is more user friendly. You can place it anywhere without installation and assembly. Compact size in 20.5(L) x 8.7(D) x 12.2(H) In, suitable for most fake fireplaces, living rooms, bedrooms and tv stands.
SaleBestseller No. 6
VIVOHOME 110V Electric Fireplace Insert Log Quartz Realistic Ember Bed Fan Heater with Infrared Remote Controller Golden
  • REALISTIC 3D FLAME - Designed with a realistic 3D flame effect that will create a warm atmosphere; Dancing and vivid flames burn orange and red, illuminating your room in a pleasant glow; It adopts exquisite craftsmanship and premium material that looks like the real thing to be as vivid as possible; There’s no longer a need to haul wood and clean up ashes
  • ADJUSTABLE FLAME AND TEMP - Both the flame and temperature can be adjusted independently, making this heater/fireplace combo convenient to use in every season; There are 5 brightness levels of flame and 2 heating modes for you to choose from; The flame function can be used separately whether the heater is on or off
  • FAN HEATER - It comes with an adjustable fan heater that controls temperature and air humidity; Press the heater button once or twice for high heating mode and low heating mode; When you press the heater button the 3rd time, the heater will turn off and the fan will continue running for 60 seconds to disperse the remaining heat from inside; The fan does not sound loudly so it won’t disturb your sleep
  • CLASSIC DESIGN - The simple, elegant, and nostalgic appearance of the VIVOHOME electric log insert heater provides an immersive experience for your whole family and keeps you warm during this holiday season; The appropriate size and classic design of this fireplace can fit most furniture styles, making it even more widely useful
  • OVERHEATING PROTECTION - Safely equipped with overheating automatic shutdown function, it will automatically cut off the power when overheating, ensuring that you fall asleep warmly and quietly at night without any worries; You can press the timer button to set a timer between 1 to 24 hours, after which the heater will turn on or off by itself
SaleBestseller No. 7
NookNova Fireplace Insert, 18” Electric Fireplace Insert, Remote Control, Realistic & Quiet Electric Fireplace with Adjustable Temperature & Flame, Overheat Protection, Efficient Heating (4,777 BTU)
  • [EFFICIENT INSERTED HEATER] Heat up in JUST 3s! A large heat of 4,777 BTU heater and an adjustable thermostat allow the fireplace insert to heat a room up to 450 sq.ft in minutes, taking the chill off rapidly in the cold weather. Besides, the 18’’ electric fireplace insert suits anywhere in your home, such as living room, bedroom, reading room, RV, entertainment center, or basement. The electric fireplace is pretty effective at warming a room evenly and quickly.
  • [REALISTIC FLAMES TO BE ATTRACTIVE] Just like real flame! With a gorgeous 3D-LED realistic dancing flames and exquisite exterior design, the fireplace makes a beautiful focal point in any rooms. The realistic flame effect can be operated with or without heat for year-round enjoyment. What’s more, our NOOKNOVA fireplace heater is a perfect alternative to the original unit and traditional one burning with real firewood. No troubles of suffering from smoke, and no need to ventilate and clean.
  • [REMOTE CONTROL FOR ADDED CONVENIENCE] Remote control electric fireplace heater up to 20 feet away. The fireplace is multifunctional, including various levels of temperature ranges from 62°F to 82 °F, 3 levels of flame effects, up to 6-hour on/off timer and an adjustment thermostat.
  • [OVERHEAT PROTECTION TO ENSURE SAFETY] Featuring a overheating protection, the fireplace inserts electric heater will automatically turn off when it reach an unsafe temperature of 105°F. And the sound as low as 42dB is like a gentle whisper in the background that doesn’t disturb our sleep. Furthermore, the indoor fireplace is CSA certified to be safe for use, and the plug is UL certified to be solid and durable in avoiding the damage caused by burning. Safe for using around kids and pets.
  • [EASY ASSEMBLY REQUIRED] Measuring 19.17’’ x 5.08’’ x 17.52’’, 18 inch fireplace insert is great for your TV cabinet, mantel, or wall. Put the 18 inch electric fireplace insert from the back of the mantel and center it in the opening, then attach included EVA Cushion gaskets and screws between the mantel and fireplace. NOTE: Keep combustible material at least 3ft from the front of the heater and keep them away from the side or rear. Please be sure to read all the instructions before using it.
SaleBestseller No. 8
R.W.FLAME 36 inch Recessed and Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace, Ultra Thin ad Low Noise, Fit for 2 x 4 and 2 x 6 Stud, Remote Control with Timer,Touch Screen,Adjustable Flame Color and Speed
  • Attractive and Practical Design: 36"L x 18.11"H x3.89 "W, The thickness of the new style is only 3.85 inch while the old one is 6 inch. And it opearates the same as the old one. Also we redesign the location of main power and power cable, which makes the new fireplace more attractive and practical.
  • Multi Operation Modes: Touch screen and remote control;12 flame & LED flame bed color modes;5 flame speed modes;5 flame brightness levels; Specially automatic flame design(the flame color and brightness changed
  • Energy Saving: 750W and 1500W modes can be adjusted accordingly for both warm and energy saving purpose. The supplemental zone heating is for up to 400 square feet.
  • Safety and Comforty: ETL Certificate Approved. It also has auto-heat kill safety to avoid the superheating. The heat is good for maintaining the natural humidity within the air without making the room too dry.
  • Consider buying one set for your sweet home. Let R.W.FLAME electric fireplace warm your home and life.
Bestseller No. 9
TURBRO Eternal Flame EF23-LG Electric Fireplace Logs, 23" Remote Control Fireplace Insert Log Heater, Realistic Lemonwood Ember Bed, Thermostat, Timer, 1400W Black
  • 🔥Hassle-Free Heat: Having a fireplace used to mean gathering firewood, sweeping the chimney, and dealing with smoke inside your house. Now you can have a flickering fire in seconds with the TURBRO Eternal Flame electric log.
  • 🔥Alternative Heating: Instead of cranking up your furnace thermostat, use the Eternal Flame fireplace insert as a cost-effective additional heater for your living room or den.
  • 🔥Realistic Flames: The 3 adjustable brightness levels of the flames allows you to set the right amount of light no matter the occasion. A bright roaring fire for large gatherings, or a soft glow for more intimate encounters.
  • 🔥Easy to Use: With an adjustable thermostat and simplified control panel you can have these glowing logs installed and blowing out heat in minutes. Use the remote control to adjust the temperature and flame output while seated across the room.
  • 🔥Overheat Protection: Overheating protection automatically shuts the heater off if the internal temperature gets too hot. The TURBRO Eternal Flame heater is CSA certified to be safe for use in North America.
Bestseller No. 10
TURBRO Eternal Flame EF23-PB Electric Fireplace Logs, 23" Remote Control Fireplace Insert Log Heater, Realistic Pinewood Ember Bed, Thermostat, Timer, 1400W Black
  • 🔥Hassle-Free Heat: Having a fireplace used to mean gathering firewood, sweeping the chimney, and dealing with smoke inside your house. Now you can have a flickering fire in seconds with the TURBRO Eternal Flame electric log.
  • 🔥Alternative Heating: Instead of cranking up your furnace thermostat, use the Eternal Flame fireplace insert as a cost-effective additional heater for your living room or den.
  • 🔥Realistic Flames: The 3 adjustable brightness levels of the flames allows you to set the right amount of light no matter the occasion. A bright roaring fire for large gatherings, or a soft glow for more intimate encounters.
  • 🔥Easy to Use: With an adjustable thermostat and simplified control panel you can have these glowing logs installed and blowing out heat in minutes. Use the remote control to adjust the temperature and flame output while seated across the room.
  • 🔥Overheat Protection: Overheating protection automatically shuts the heater off if the internal temperature gets too hot. The TURBRO Eternal Flame heater is CSA certified to be safe for use in North America.

Last update on 2022-11-28 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Types of Fireplace Inserts

With the cool weather moving in, many of us are planning ways of keeping our homes warm and toasty in the coming months. Fireplaces always seem to be a go-to heating option, given their calming ambienc

but not everyone has that luxury. What’s a homeowner to do, then? Invest in a fireplace insert, of course! Inserts are great to have because they fit snugly into an already existing firebox and experience less heat loss than traditional fireplace units.

Perhaps the best part is that there are types and styles to meet every home and homeowners’ needs. Let’s find out more about the many fireplace insert options.

fireplace inserts in Olney MDMain Types of Fireplace Inserts

There is indeed an insert option for every taste and need. These include gas inserts, wood-burning inserts and electric inserts. All options are typically dressed with self-cleaning glass doors for both enhanced safety and appeal, but as you can tell by their names, what really distinguishes each type is the means to fuel or power each unit.

Gas units make use of various types of gases to light the flames, wood-burning units operate like real fireplaces and operate from wood power and electric inserts may require little more than the flip of a switch. No matter which you choose, your fireplace insert promises better home heating than traditional units because each is fully insulated to result in increased temperatures, better combustion and improved heat efficiency.

Types of Gas Fireplace Inserts

A gas fireplace insert is one option for your home. They are unique in that they run off of gas fuel, such as natural gas or propane. These units usually hook up to your home’s gas lines or a propane tank outside and direct venting models take in and release air through the chimney.

Some are vent-less, and will monitor oxygen levels in the home instead of using the chimney. The major benefits of the gas insert are enhanced efficiency and heating power—giving off between 25,000 and 40,000 BTUs at 76-83% heat efficiency. Additionally, gas units afford users a traditional look with decorative ceramic logs.

The biggest risk with gas units, however, is carbon monoxide poisoning. While gas units are largely safe, it is difficult to check for leaks in the gas line, so a carbon monoxide detector is an essential accessory.

Overall, gas inserts are good bets for those who operate appliances via gas, individuals looking for the best value (Gas units heat small spaces well, ultimately saving on gas bills), and those wanting ease and convenience of use (They burn cleanly, requiring little chimney maintenance and are lit by means of a pilot light and ignition button).

Types of Wood-Burning Fireplace Inserts

Wood-Burning fireplace inserts are some of the most complex of units available. They’re unique in that they are fueled by wood or, alternatively, wood byproducts like manufactured logs made from sawdust.

These units are in the middle ground in terms of efficiency—running at about 50% due to potential heat loss during air circulation—and can burn very hot and long—upwards of 65,000 BTUs each hour, for 6+ hours.

Wood-burning units are ventilated via the home’s chimney and are therefore attached by a connector between the unit and chimney flue liner or by a connection which scales the entire height of the chimney.

The primary benefits of wood units are the rustic feel they create and the fact that they are “off-the-grid” and therefore work even in the absence of electrical power. These units also have improved performance in recent years due to more stringent EPA guidelines, which have resulted in decreased smoke output and wood used.

We did say that wood-burning inserts are the most complex, however, and for good reason. Wood inserts come with the inherent disadvantages of requiring increased maintenance, such as chimney inspections and removing soot and creosote from the units, and despite their lowered smoke emissions they still pose health risks to those who inhale the smoke and to the environment.

So when is a wood insert best? Wood is likely a go-to option for individuals who heat their homes primarily by fire and do not want to/cannot rely on other methods of power such as gas and electricity, as wood is plentiful and reliable. Even better, if your chimney is in good repair, you might as well make use of it!

electric fireplace insert in Travilah MDTypes of Electric Fireplace Inserts


Electric fireplace inserts are a pretty good deal…all you do is plug it in and flip a switch! The unique part about electric units is that they are entirely powered by electricity, via 110-volt outlets and don’t require chimney ventilation.

They come in a variety of sizes to suit your needs, too, and produce just the right amount of heat for comfort—around 4,000-5,000 BTUs. A nice benefit is that electric units may be used with the heat on to provide warmth, or alternatively as a decorative piece with the heat off and the glow of the flames flickering on artificial logs.

\Additionally, these inserts are flexible—they may be used as an alternative to the wood-burning fireplace they reside in or easily removed to light a traditional fire (so long as the fireplace functions correctly).

The downside, of course, is that when the electricity goes out in inclement weather, so does your fire. Luckily, these units may be backed up with a battery or generator, so don’t panic! And these units are especially good for those who live in older homes, as operating the traditional fireplace is often out of the question because the unit and/or chimney are in disrepair and electric inserts provide a sound alternative.

Gas? Wood? Electric? There are so many types of fireplace inserts and each is unique and advantageous in its own way. So how do you choose? Compare, compare, compare and choose one based on the most important features! Safety and efficiency are key, but so is appearance. There’s a fireplace insert to meet everyone’s needs…which one wins in your book?

The Difference between a Fireplace and a Wood Burning Insert

After looking through the products, you may be somewhat confused, you may have thought you were looking for at open fireplaces rather than inserts and now want to know the difference between the two?

Let’s get some clarification on the matter:

When you think of a fireplace it conjures an image of an opening that’s connected to the chimney which allows for fires to be burned within them. The trouble is, the fire isn’t enclosed this way and it can be physically unsafe whilst allowing carbon monoxide fumes to escape into the room.

That is what is called a masonry fireplace, or an open fireplace.

On the other hand, a fireplace insert is there to replace the open fire and is inserted into the already existing masonry fireplace.

The inserts are usually enclosed and have an exhaust hole in the back or on the top which allows fumes to only pass through the chimney.

They often spruce up the look of a room whilst also providing more safety to the members of the household by keeping the fire enclosed and also ensuring those harmful fumes do not escape into the room.

Why Choose a Wood Burning Fireplace Insert?

Even though having a wood fire in which-ever room you are trying to get warm (usually the living room) adds such a unique and beautiful atmosphere to it, it is not the only reason to go for a wood fire.

Utility bills are on average one the largest house hold expenditures in the US, and the cost of energy is rising every year. What’s even more unfortunate is these increases do not seem to be slowing down anytime soon!

Apart from the rustic charm, burning wood as a fuel is actually cheaper than gas and electricity most of the time. Not only can wood be sourced for less money, it is also more sustainable as trees can be replanted whereas natural gas is finite.

There has been some controversy surrounding the burning of wood for heat and cooking in the past due to carbon dioxide emission beings quite high. However, in recent years, technology has made it more viable for wood burning with the adoption of better filters and the increase in fuel efficiency.

Gas VS Wood Fireplace Inserts

Gas fireplace inserts are more commonly found in households than electric and wood but when you actually take a look at why a wood fireplace could save you more money you may think otherwise.

The fundamental reason why a wood burning fireplace insert will save you money in comparison to a gas and even an electric is because you can physically see how much fuel you are using.

We tend to just switch gas and electric heaters on and leave them without much thought as to how much fuel we are actually consuming.

This visual connection you have to the fuel you are using makes you much more mindful especially if you are paying for and having your wood delivered.

This brings me onto my second point and that’s if you live rurally, having a wood burning fireplace insert is a major advantage to you. Of course, you would need to have access to plenty of trees which you can easily replant. We have a guide on how to source and prepare the best wood to burn in a fireplace.

But if you are able to source your own wood, and replant those trees you are essentially living completely sustainably. You can even get a wood fuelled cooking stove and boiler and you’ll hardly have to rely on electric or gas companies again if at all!

What about Wood Burning Stoves?

Wood burning stoves are just as a viable method for heating a room as a wood burning fireplace insert and they are both as relatively safe as each other because the fire is contained.

Wood Stove Insert Price

One major difference between the two is the price tag, wood burning stoves are in fact quite a bit more affordable than fireplace inserts. This does however depend on your installation needs and how much you’re willing to spend.

Wood Burning Insert Flexibility

The stove is slightly more portable since it can be vented through the wall, you could use it in any room. A fireplace insert on the other hand has to be installed within an already existing hearth that’s the correct size which can sometimes be difficult to get right.

Wood Fireplace Inserts Efficiency

Stoves also typically have a better fuel efficiency than fireplaces. The simple reason is that they tend to use less wood to give the same output of heat at very similar capacities. Again, this does make stoves a superior heating method than fireplaces if you happen to be torn between the two this should be your answer.

Final Thoughts on Wood Burning Inserts

A wood burning fireplace insert is there to replace your existing masonry fire, they are safer, easier to maintain and also cheaper to run than gas and electric fireplaces but they may not necessarily be your best choice as stoves are more affordable and more efficient.

It is not however, just a matter of practically but also of aesthetics and there’s no doubt that the dancing flames within a hearth warming the family on a cold night is a unique experience unmatched by no other, even a stove.

Sometimes using a fire to heat up your home during the cold winter months can cause the air of the property to become dry. This can cause illness as a result as it interferes with the normal function of your respiratory system.

To combat this, people turn to using various kinds of humidifiers to add moisture to the air. Those who have a furnace find that a furnace humidifier is the most effective and easiest to use for the whole home.

Benefits of Fireplace Inserts

Over the years, fireplaces have undergone tremendous modifications and innovations ranging from a simple hearthstone to the installation of a fireplace insert.

An overview of the advantages of attaching an insert to the existing fireplace helps to evade the shopping concerns of the customers.

Is Efficiency a Big Deal?

The first and foremost advantage of a fireplace insert is its potentiality.

It improves the distribution of heat throughout the room with the help of the blower.

It functions as a closed system with an air tight door system in order to slow down the process of heating and save energy.

A slow mechanism of heating can generate more heat sufficient enough to keep the entire room warm.

Budget-friendly

Fireplace inserts play a vital role in cutting down the monthly expenses required to keep the home warm.

An open fireplace draws the warm air into the furnace and accelerates the fuel-burning.

This results in the usage of more fuels that can raise your monthly expenses.

An insert slows down the burning of the fuel and helps you save the money on your energy bill. The maintenance costs of the inserts are also affordable.

Eco friendly

Fireplace inserts reduce the wood burning emissions that can cause environmental impacts.

An old fashioned fireplace tends to produce high levels of smoke inside as well as outside the house.

The inserts which run on electricity produces stable energy and little pollution.

Decorative Scheme

Fireplace inserts come in diverse structural forms that they can also be treated as artistic pieces of home decor.

They carry the details of ornamentation that impart increased elegance to the fireplace.

Inserts in marvelous shades and classic forms heighten the scenic beauty of the fireplace.

Some inserts come with carved projections and arch doors. Electric inserts produce the illusion of real flames and logs in order to render an authentic feel to the viewers.

Dust Free Technology

Traditional fireplaces often leave dust, ashes and smoke which impart a messy appearance to the room.

The modern fireplaces designed with inserts encloses the whole system with the help of a glass doors which are capable of self-cleaning.

They get rid of the accumulation of dust particles frequently and make the view clear and aesthetically appealing. They also prevent the entry of combustion gases into the room.

Advanced Options

With the installation of inserts, the present-day fireplaces have all the features that you dreamed about.

Some of the inserts come with a hand-held remote control facility to turn on and off the flame as well as adjust the brightness of the flames.

You can also set the heating time with the help of timers. Self-cleaning facility of the glass doors is an impressive feature of the inserts.

These are some of the advantages of fireplace inserts that made them achieve deserved popularity.

They add much to the attraction of modern fireplaces. However, one should not rush to the store without carrying out a little research in this area.

This would help you to pick the right insert that can merge with the overall outlook of the home.

Will your Current Fireplace Accept an Insert?

It should be taken into account that the varied kinds of fire place inserts available on the market are mostly designed to be installed with traditional masonry or brick fireplaces.

Manufactured fireplaces which are factory-built or sheet-built often demand a specific kind of insert. Meanwhile some of them are not equipped enough to accept an insert.

Hence, before making a visit to the department store, one should make sure the insert goes along well with the architectural features of the existing fireplace.

How to Find the Best Fireplace Insert for your Home?

With diverse range of patterns, styles, features and sizes, choosing fireplace inserts can be shockingly complex. Any sort of misstep in shopping of inserts may ruin the mood and architecture of the room.

Hence, a you need a thorough assessment to discover the right insert for your home. The following criteria will help you to make a rightful choice of insert for your home.

Types of Inserts

Wood Burning Inserts

If you have ample scope for wood in your surroundings, wood burning inserts prove to be a very wise choice.

These types of inserts have been warmly welcomed by the customers for a long period of time.

They use wood as the main fuel and increases the efficiency of the heating system.

Since they are based on wood, they double the effect of the heating environment of the fireplace.

No other inserts can match the authentic feel of pure wood created by the wood burning inserts.

The smell and snapping sound of the wood form an aesthetically pleasing combination.

If one has a leaning towards the romantic factors that give life to a home, wood burning inserts are the best.

However, they tend to generate more ashes and wastes than other inserts.

An important aspect one should not fail to take notice before barging into shopping is the size of the firebox chamber.

A standard log size comes with the brochure of these wood based inserts.

Pellet Inserts

These kinds of inserts guarantee long-lasting performance by transforming the existing heating system into a more reliable source.

They run on electricity, but most of the models offer a battery back-up facility in case of a power outage.

Farm wastes is the main source of Pellets, which constitute a renewable source of energy.

Hence, this type of insert is more pocket friendly than other inserts. They also turn to be cheaper in terms installation costs.

It has the capacity to burn 20 to 40 pounds of pellets per day. Another benefit of this insert is that it demands only less venting.

However, one major inconvenience of the pellet insert is its high maintenance on a regular basis. D

espite the cleaning up of the ashes, the electric components also need considerable attention.

Gas Inserts

If one’s priority is efficiency and generation of heat, then a gas insert is the most favorable option.

One of its highlighting features is that it requires very less maintenance.

In addition, several vent-free models of these inserts are also available in the stores.

They are so user-friendly that they can be operated instantly using remote controls or switches.

While choosing this insert, you are making a switch to a smart thermostat. They also offer visually pleasing options such as false logs and flames.

A downside of these inserts is that they are very expensive when compared to other inserts.

Electric Inserts

When convenience becomes the deciding factor to purchase an insert, you can always stick to electric inserts.

Electric inserts do not involve the sweat and toil associated with other inserts as the remote control facility enables you to operate the device from anywhere inside the room.

They also offer visually soothing arrangements like realistic flames and heat which are adjustable.

Inserts require zero venting and can be installed with much ease. However, the heating capacity of these type of inserts are relatively low when compared to others.

Getting the Dimensions Right

Making a note on the dimensions is an important step in the shopping of fireplace inserts.

The fireplace should be equipped enough to integrate the new addition. The inserts come in all sizes including small, medium and large and hence one needs to ensure the compatibility of the insert with the existing fireplace.

Take the correct measurements of the opening of the fireplace as well as the distance from firebox to the mantel so that you will not accidentally pick an insert of wrong size. The proper dimensions may also help you to explore the right flashing or surround.

Many of the inserts are designed to go with black sheet metal flashing and some of them are even restyled to blend with cast iron surround.

A chimney liner of optimal size must be installed in the beginning to make sure that the chimney’s draft meet the configurations of the insert. It will also ensure the safe functioning of the insert.

Venting Makes it a Simple Affair

While choosing an insert, you need to make sure whether it coordinates well with the type of venting installed in the fireplace.

An insert functions properly with the aid of venting it using a flex pipe that runs up the chimney. Many of the inserts come with a venting kit (including a liner, flashing, cap and a connector adapter) which helps you to get rid of the headache of guessing and double checking whether you have bought all the components. The venting apparatus mostly come in three varieties- Natural, direct vent and vent-free.

A wood fireplace insert often demands a 6” diameter stainless steel liner installed inside the chimney. The flexible liners are available in different lengths ranging from 25 feet to 35 feet. One could trim and fix the liners in accordance with the height of the chimney.

If the size of the chimney is big, you can always go for wood burning inserts without any shadow of doubt. A pellet burning insert also operates in a similar natural vent fashion. It can run on a much smaller exhaust venting too.

Gas fireplace inserts usually follow the route of direct vent mechanism for upgrading their performance. Direct vent fireplace inserts operate through two side by side flexible liners that run via chimney as well as an opening on the wall of the room.

With the help of these liners, they draw the air for combustion and exhaustion from outside leaving the room air clean and odor-free. They have been widely accepted and boasted by most of the house owners.

An electric fireplace insert always makes use of vent-free technology. It fascinates the customers as it offers the best comfort level and causes little pollution. It requires zero venting that you can place the fireplace cum inserts almost anywhere in the room.

Vent-free options are also available in gas inserts. At times one needs to leave the windows in the room open as the whole process for a prolonged time may result in the depletion of oxygen in the room.

Flaunt Your Style Statement

A fireplace-insert with an aristocratic design can be the first thing that attracts the attention of a visitor at your home. The fireplaces have evolved over time that they exhibit rapid improvement in craftsmanship and style.

They also turn into very artistic and attractive piece of furniture at present. Rather than a necessity, they have become more of a luxury. In total, a fireplace with an engraved insert provides ample scope for flaunting the home interior.

Conclusion

Fireplace inserts come in astonishing models, patterns and sizes that can transform a dull room into a refreshing and cheerful environment.

They not only serve the purpose of generating heat but also add style and individuality to home.

Sliding easily right into your fireplace, they cause less annoyance.

In fact, fireplace inserts prove to be a great asset worth exhibiting all-round the year. We hope you’ve benefitted from our reviews and buying guide of the best fireplace inserts. Now let us know your opinions.

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