Do you own a fireplace that is no longer is operational? Are you tired of all the maintenance that comes with your older fireplace? Do you want a more efficient way to add supplementary heat to your home? If you answered “yes” to any one of these questions, a fireplace insert might be a good option for you. At Northeastern Masonry and Chimney, we want you to know that there are other options besides an open hearth system. We have a wide variety of fireplace inserts that will transform your living area while also being efficient and easy to use.

What is a fireplace insert?fireplace insert

A fireplace insert is an appliance that is inserted into your fireplace’s firebox, essentially replacing your old firebox. Having a new firebox allows you to rethink how you heat your home. An insert has some benefits that an open hearth system does not, the main one being heating efficiency. This is because an insert consists of a steel shell that directs heat into your living areas, instead of into your chimney like an open-hearth system would do. An insert is also a way to change the type of fuel you would like to burn. Wood, gas and compressed pellets are some popular choices.

How efficient are inserts?

Most inserts on the market today are more efficient than an open-hearth fireplace. This all has to do with the way an insert directs airflow. Inserts use an insulated firebox that allows fuel to burn slower and hotter once ignited. This is relatively a lot more efficient than an open hearth system which draws air from your home, heats it up, and then sends a majority of that heated air up and out of your chimney. Most open-hearth systems are about 5 to 10 percent efficient compared to around 80 percent that some inserts can achieve. Since inserts burn so hot and efficient, they create less smoke and byproduct, meaning your chimney flue doesn’t accumulate creosote as quickly as open-hearth systems do. When you make the comparison, it’s no wonder many homeowners have made the switch to inserts.

Fuel Types

We offer a variety of fuel options with the inserts we carry a Northeastern Masonry and Chimney. Whether you would rather burn gas/propane, pellet/corn or wood, we have something for everyone. Each type of fuel has its own benefits. For example, gas inserts are easier to operate, whereas wood inserts can operate off the grid. Homeowners should take care and stop by our showroom to talk to one of our fireplace insert specialists before purchasing an insert to determine which one is right for their home. We can help you bring warmth and joy to your home this winter with a brand new insert from the Greater Albany area’s number one fireplace and chimney company. We look forward to seeing you at Northeastern Masonry and Chimney soon.