What is the Difference between a Fireplace and a Fireplace Insert?

Posted by in Fireplace Tips on January 26, 2017 Comments off

fireplace vs fireplace insertThere are two types of fireplaces: masonry and factory built. Fireplaces have an open front with a flue above it to vent smoke from the fireplace. A fireplace may open into the room or have glass doors or screen “enclosing” it.

Types of Fireplaces

A masonry fireplace is constructed of brick, stone, or tile by trained masons. A flue is built into the chimney above the firebox; the flue is opened when the fireplace is burning and closed to prevent drafts when the fireplace is not burning.
Factory built fireplaces are metal boxes that are framed inside the walls and enclosed in non-combustible materials. This is usually done when a home is built but can also be done during a renovation. If this type of fireplace is being added to an existing structure, a chimney or vent must be added.

Fireplace Inserts

A fireplace insert is placed in an existing masonry fireplace opening and connected to the flue and chimney. Fireplace inserts may burn wood, gas, or pellets.
Fireplace inserts look just like a regular masonry fireplace on the surface but there are some differences. Inserts are a low cost alternative to a complete fireplace replacement. Insert styles can give the room a new look from traditional to rustic to contemporary inserts are a versatile alternative to fireplace replacement. Free standing stoves that use an existing chimney for venting smoke are also considered a type of insert.

Whether you are looking for a masonry fireplace, a factory built fireplace or to convert your existing fireplace from wood to gas or gas to wood The Fireplace Club has the expertise to help you choose from the wide range of options available.

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