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WHAT ARE “INSERT” FIREPLACES? Posted on April 11, 2019Leave a comment

An insert fireplace is perhaps the most convenient invention in indoor heating designs. In 1896, Joab R. Donaldson came up with the idea of making a fireplace that could be inserted into an existing prefabricated wood fireplace. He wanted to use coke as fuel and incorporate the use of an electric blower to improve efficiency. The use of coke reduced the cost of heating a home. More than a century later, fireplace inserts are now the most popular build for heating indoor and outdoor spaces. Fireplace inserts are primarily categorized based on the type of fuel used. They include natural gas, propane, coal, EPA-certified wood and electric fireplace inserts.

More often than not, wood fireplace inserts are installed to improve the efficiency and aesthetics of inefficient, open-burning wood fireplaces. The build of fireplace inserts is sturdy to withstand the immense heat generated in the heating chamber. Moreover, the build is well insulated to prevent heat losses. Steel and cast iron are the most popular materials used to make fireplace inserts. The materials have a low heat conductivity making them ideal for high-temperature chambers. Steel and cast iron are also resilient, reducing the need for regular maintenance.

Most contemporary fireplace inserts have glass doors that allow viewing of the flames. These glass doors are usually self-cleaning. The fireplace has an air wash system where clean air is run across the interior surface of the glass preventing the accumulation of deposits. Although the glass door allows viewing, the insulated doors remain closed to increase the efficiency of the fireplace. Some fireplace inserts have a double-sided viewing area. This means the fireplace has glass doors on either side. Such a design is good for a living space with a central column or a partial partition between rooms.

Manufacturers have augmented the operation of fireplace inserts by including additional features like thermostatic controls and fanning systems. Some models allow remote control of both temperature and the fan system. Most fireplace inserts come with a multi-speed fan system that allows users to adjust the heat distribution in the room. Some go up to a 5-speed function while others have the standard 3-speed function. Usually, the fireplace insert allows fresh air through the vents below. The air circulates around the main chamber where it’s warmed up before exiting through the vents on top of the unit.

Fireplace inserts are popular in residence with existing open fireplaces and chimneys.  The inserts significantly enhance heat output and fuel efficiency. Moreover, fireplace inserts provide a beautiful focal point to any indoor space. Electric fireplace inserts are made to fit any size of a hearth. The insert comes in three main forms: plug-in insert, built-in insert and the electric log insert. Despite the differences, all these electric fireplace inserts look stunning.




Contemporary insert fireplaces have sleek designs that blend seamlessly with any interior design. The Regency GF900L inbuilt gas fireplace is one of the most stunning insert fireplaces in the market. The fireplace adds a unique modern expression to any interior living space with its futuristic linear styling. The flames match up to the breathtaking look of the fireplace insert. The Regency GF900L series features beautiful wide-angle flames set with a coastal driftwood log fire. The unit has a realistic ceramic glowing ember bed and black enamel reflective side panels. It has an electronic ignition and a remote-control feature. To enhance heat distribution the Regency 900L runs a 3-speed fan with a room sealed direct vent.

The optional features that come on the Regency models set the fireplace insert apart from other brands. The GF900 optional features range from the build to functionality. The door frame and fascia can come in black or brushed stainless steel. You can also get a premium glass fascia in black and an optional trim kit for a clean edge finish. The inner door frame can be black or stainless steel to mix and match. The side panels can also be made from stainless steel. If you need a flue system you can get either a horizontal or a vertical flue for your fireplace insert. Although a fireplace insert is designed to heat up the room it’s installed in, a heat distribution kit and air duct can conveniently distribute heat to other rooms.

The downside to a fireplace insert is primarily its cost. When compared to freestanding fireplaces, fireplace inserts cost an arm and a leg. However, the insert is worth every penny. It not only looks good but also has a longer lifespan. The installation of a fireplace insert also depends on the pre-existence of a usable fireplace and chimney. This may be a disadvantage in some homes. Despite the few cons, fireplace inserts are the way to go. From the design to the efficiency, everything about inserts reflects the high quality.




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