What The Difference Between A Fireplace And An Insert? (Resolved)

There is a lot of confusion from customers regarding terminology with hearth products, none more though than fireplaces and fireplace inserts 🤓 It seems like daily people will come in looking for an “insert” but what they really are doing is a mini remodel and what they need is a “fireplace” 🤓 Just as often it is the other way, customers shopping for a “fireplace” really need an “insert” 😉 Sometimes if we aren’t careful in our initial question phase of the presentation we will spend time talking about products that the customer doesn’t need and will not work with their project which honestly is annoying and time consuming for both parties. The products have some significant differences, however. Wood burning Or gas burning [1]
An existing fireplace is a masonry area where wood can be burned and vented outdoors via a chimney. This fireplace is usually made with tile, brick or stone. It connects seamlessly to the chimney. You can have a factory-built fireplace that’s framed in your home with non-combustible materials. This type is also exhausted outside although, a chimney won’t necessarily be required depending on the fuel. Gas fireplaces can, for instance, be vented through a flexible ventilation system that connects to the exterior of the home and an external port. Wood burning fireplaces look and feel just like the traditional wood-burning options, however, we’ve updated them to be more energy efficient with better burning efficiencies. And finally, don’t discount the electric fireplace options, allowing for versatile, vent free, installation just about anywhere you can imagine. [2]
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Kurtis Feldman says at, there’s also sort of “an in-between” situation, commonly called the Heatalator. Heatalator refers to similar products. Just as all tissues aren’t Kleenex brand, it’s pretty common to just ask for a Kleenex and everybody understands. Heatalator is the same. It’s a metal firebox which is built into a masonry structure. Although it was constructed in a factory this fireplace can still be used as a brick fireplace. Clearance and heat transfer requirements, among other reasons. Don’t you want to read too many? Heatalators may also be known as fireplaces. Last revised by Angelic Swan, Yiyang Hunan (China) [3]
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Dathan Nickerson, mentions how at first glance, it’s not easy to tell the difference between a gas fireplace and a gas insert. They both emit heat and produce flick-of a switch flames that can be easily maintained. But choosing the right product is essential and it all depends on an individual’s circumstances. Someone who’s building a completely new house might be able to choose from different products than someone who has lived in a home for 100 years with a fireplace. Miller Brick can help dispel the myths and shed light on which options are best for you. Hudson Burr updated this article on September 28, 2020. [4]
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A fireplace is a traditional, wood-burning fire place with an attached chimney. Many of these fireplaces have become unusable due to the constant use and wear over time. If you want the beauty and warmth of traditional wood burning fireplaces but the security and cleanliness of a natural gas setting, gas fireplace inserts might be the right choice. Kozy Heat offers a wide range of fireplaces, inserts options and can provide warmth and comfort year round. This article was updated by Aniceto Crespo July 30, 2021. [5]

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