Island Wide Chimney Services is PEI’s premier, full-service dealer. We provide sales, installation, inspection and maintenance services on everything we sell.
Fireplace Insert Basics
While a traditional masonry fireplace is high in aesthetics and beauty, they are rather useless for actual heat
A fireplace insert is a closed-combustion firebox that is installed into an existing fireplace to increase efficiency. You literally “insert” the unit into the old fireplace and instantly upgrade its efficiency and heating capabilities. Inserts are available for burning wood (or wood pellets) or for burning gas. Gas inserts can be a direct vent, natural vent or vent-free. Almost all inserts come standard with a blower, though with some, it is an optional addition to your fireplace insert installation.
The use of the term “insert” can be confusing, as many use it interchangeably when referring to inserts and zero clearance manufactured fireplaces. These are not the same thing, as the zero clearance units can be installed into a wall or framed into a mantel cabinet, while inserts can only install into a preexisting fireplace.
If a fireplace insert is an option you are considering for your home’s needs, we hope that Island Wide Chimney Services can help you search for a fireplace insert to fit your needs.
Fireplace Inserts Maintenance
Island Wide Chimney Services recommends the annual cleaning of all fireplaces, chimneys, and vents. Fireplace inserts require annual maintenance. Annually we will arrive and do the following fireplace insert maintenance and operation list, typically:
- inspect the
- Check the hinges to make sure they are not worn
- Clean the glass and inspect it for cracks
- Check the firebox structural integrity
- Check the stoves firebricks
- Check to see if the baffle is warped
- If your wood stove uses a thermostat, make sure it operates freely and works properly
- Check secondary air holes built into your stove to allow air flow
Contact Island Wide Chimney Services for all your Fireplace Insert needs.