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Why You Should Buy a Wood Burning Insert

A wood burning fireplace insert can be both an efficient and affordable upgrade to your home. If you currently have a fireplace that needs to be remodeled, a wood burning insert may be a better option. They tend to be more affordable than a fireplace remodel, and an EPA Certified wood insert is much more efficient in terms of heating your home. A wood burning insert allows you to leave less of a carbon footprint on the Earth, while still enjoying a warm home.


Benefits of a Wood Burning Insert

Takes Up Less Space

If you are considering adding a wood burning system to your home, you have probably looked at wood stoves. While wood stoves carry an air of romance, their need for a large amount of floor space makes them pretty impractical for most home owners. If this is the case, a wood burning insert may be right for you. A wood burning insert can be placed in your existing chimney for a fraction of what it would cost to remodel the fireplace. Often times, when a CSIA Certified professional installs your insert, the integrity of the existing chimney will be restored.

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Cost Effective

Wood burning inserts cost much less than remodeling fireplaces. You can expect to pay around $3,000 to $4,000 to have a wood burning insert installed in your existing fireplace. You will also save more in maintenance costs. While a wood burning insert still needs a yearly cleaning and inspection performed by a Certified professional, they tend to be cheaper to maintain overall. They also burn wood more efficiently than fireplaces, which means you will use less wood over a similar period of time. Wood burning inserts can heat a space anywhere from 1,000 – 3,000 square feet, so using a wood burning insert instead of your central heating and cooling system will save you in electricity bills in the winter.


Today, consumers tend to be much more concerned about the environment and what they are leaving behind. We all have a responsibility to care for the Earth and using a wood burning insert can help you reduce your carbon footprint. EPA Certified models have a rating between 60-80%, which is much more efficient than a typical fireplace, which is rated between 5-10%. This is because wood burning inserts tend to release less smoke into the air and burn wood in a cleaner manner.

Stylish Designs

Another great thing about wood burning inserts is that they come in a lot of options. From contemporary to modern, there is bound to be a design that suits your home’s aesthetic. With fireplaces, you simply don’t have as wide of a range of options. This freedom to customize the look of your fireplace is another reason why so many people opt for a wood burning insert.

Additional Features

Wood burning inserts have the ability to add special features that you would never get with a fireplace. While these add-ons cost more, they may be worth the investment. Self-cleaning glass is a big draw that many people find worth investing in. If you’ve ever had a fireplace you know how dark and dingy the glass can become. With a self-cleaning wood burning insert, the glass is cleaned automatically. Another great feature is heat distributor fans and thermostat control. These added features are nice to consider when purchasing a wood burning insert, but aren’t necessary to receive all the benefits a wood burning insert offers.

If you are considering adding a wood burning insert to your home, give us a call! We would be happy to help you pick out the right insert for your home. We carry top-of-the-line inserts from Regency and Vermont Castings that are sure to last you a long time. Give us a call today to setup an appointment!