The Difference between Fireplaces and Inserts

You may be considering having a fireplace or a fireplace insert installed in your home but before you make your decision it is important to understand each option and what they offer. Although they will both warm your home and they are both very similar in appearance, there is a distinct and important difference between the two.

What is a Fireplace?

A fireplace is known as an opening in the wall with a flue above it that is used to vent or remove the smoke. A fireplace is usually equipped with a glass door or screen on the front. Fireplaces are the complete fireplace structure and are either masonry or factory built.

Masonry fireplaces are constructed by builders and are built to connect seamlessly to the flue and chimney in your home to form one element. Fireplaces are most commonly made of brick but can also be made from tile or stone for a more upscale look.

Factory built fireplaces are a metal box that can be made with or without refractory bricks inside that can be framed into a house without masonry. A factory built fireplace is installed in framed walls and surrounded by non-combustible materials during the contraction of the home. Many newer homes have gas fireplaces whereas wood-burning fireplaces are common in older homes.

If you are interested in having a fireplace installed in your existing home, it is possible but will require some renovation. This installation will require a cavity to be created and venting will also need to be installed such as a chimney or other applicable venting. If you need help deciding between the different types of fireplaces, Martins Ferry area professionals are ready to help you find the best option for your home.

What is a Fireplace Insert?

A fireplace insert consists of a firebox surrounded by a steel shell and is inserted into an existing masonry fireplace. This means it is Fireplace Insert Martins Ferryconnected to chimney and flue leading outside, taking the place of your existing masonry fireplace. Inserts can be used to transform your existing fireplace with a wide range of styles.

Fireplace inserts can be used to burn pellets, wood, or gas just like a stove. Inserts cost less than fireplaces when you compare the cost of a complete renovation to install a gas fireplace or to completely replace your existing masonry fireplace.

An insert is installed into the fireplace you already have in your home, so if you are looking for heat and not a construction project, an insert is the best option. If you do not already have a fireplace in your home or you are looking to entirely replace your existing one, then a fireplace would be your best option.

Whether you are interested in fireplaces or fireplace inserts, Martins Ferry area professionals can help you bring your vision to life. Call the expert at Fireplace ‘n’ Fixins today to learn more about their fireplace and fireplace insert options.