A fireplace insert is like a wood stove that has been modified by its manufacturer to fit within the firebox of a masonry fireplace. If you’ve been dying for a fireplace in your home but don’t have thousands of dollars in your pocket, this is definitely the way to go. At the same time, it is obvious that the fireplace is going to be sucking in air and sending a lot of that air up the chiminey. Of course, these vent-free inserts will come with a blower as well, so the heat will be circulated much more efficiently than a ventless gas log set. This fall we bought a free standing ventless gas fireplace from Lowes for $700. Later, a short length of stainless steel liner was installed up into the chimney of the original fireplace.
Available in many different styles, from sleek and modern gas-operated fireplaces such as the one in this peaceful room, to cosy wood-burning ones complete with decorative mantels, a fireplace can create a warm retreat to rejuvenate in the evening before retiring for the night. But since CJ was looking at a grate heater, I sort of figured the fireplace was not performing very well as it sat, so, ergo, it was likely an ornamental one. Place the insert on top of the cardboard and then slide it back into the opening.
There was no way we could cut 6-8 stones lengthwise with a hacksaw because they would completely crumble to pieces, so we put a strip of wood trim at the top of the surround to paint white, and we spaced out some of the stones with popsicle sticks. Then we cut plywood strips to screw onto the back of the mantel to anchor the surround that would come next.
It’s packed with DIY inspiration, deals you won’t want to miss & helpful tips, as well as links to my latest posts. If your gas fireplace isn’t starting, there could any number of possible issues contributing. Most inserts were not connected directly to the fireplace chimney and, in fact, many older insert installations allowed the exhaust gases to exit the flue collar and find their way up the chimney. This article will explain why you’re experiencing excessive smoke from your wood burning fireplace and list some helpful tips that will help you solve the problem. The brand and model of insert/stove you are purchasing is listed as fitting your home’s particular fireplace.
He also points out that a lot of high-efficiency gas fireplaces have a large turn-down ratio—meaning, they can go from 40,000 BTU down to 12,000 BTU, enough to heat the average bedroom or dining room.” He adds that if you had a 40,000 BTU fireplace and only needed to use 50 percent of its capacity, you’d pay less than $1 an hour to operate. While there are many benefits to having a fireplace, they also can create quite a bit of maintenance for a homeowner, wood and gas fireplaces in particular. If I seriously was going to get one, I wanted to build the fireplace mantel myself.
As the fireplace surround would be ultimately holding cement board, large slate tiles, multiple layers of trim and our 47″ TV I used 2×4’s for needed strength. Thank you for an excellent article for those of us considering a wood burner for the first time. In contrast, fireplace inserts usually aren’t returnable if you’re not happy with them. When it came to the whole wood stove removal thing, I didn’t really know where to start.
Installing a wall mount electric fireplace will also help you save space in your family room! I was hoping to get a bit more heat out of the quasi outdoor fireplace, but appearently that is not going to happen without an insert and I do not want an insert both for cost reasons and aesthetics. Another method is to have your dealer install a remote control, which allows you to operate your Regency from the comfort of your couch or lounge chair. There are two types of wood stoves that can be connected to fireplace flues: freestanding stoves and fireplace inserts.
So overall if you are looking for that warm comfort that a fireplace can provide, but don’t desire to break the bank then check out what an electric fireplace heater can reach for you. If you’re not comfortable with building a fireplace surround from scratch yourself (or if you don’t have a retired contractor and woodworker on call like we do), another mid-range budget option would be to enlist the help of a local woodworker.
In the rare case where none of the appropriate flashings or surrounds will cover your entire fireplace openings (particularly for those with very large fireplaces), it is possible to purchase the insert only and then have a custom surround fabricated by a local machine shop or sheet metal expert. If you want to use a pellet insert during power failures, install battery backup or buy a home generator.
Comparing price lists from various manufacturers, you’ll find little significant difference between factory-made gas and wood units (from under $1,000 to nearly $3,000), and installation costs are about equal, no matter where you live. I installed it in an existing fireplace that was not usable any longer (just reframed it to fit). A hearthmount stove is an option to an insert for upgrading the performance of a masonry fireplace.
After cleaning the thermopile, just as you described, the fireplace works perfectly again. And the potential harm to Clara thanks to a searing hot 30+ year old wood burning stove has always outweighed any potential benefits. From 11 AM to 11 PM, the fireplace heated approx 1200 sf to 73 degree and maintained it at that temperature, burning mostly green wood.
With the correct dimensions, an electric fireplace insert will slip into your existing firebox and plug in for instant heat. This page will show you how to install a wall mounted electric fireplace Step-By-Step. Knowing all the ins and outs and pitfalls of insert installations is a job for professionals. THe semi outdoor one burns wood even faster, but then we usually have a huge fire in that one (4-5 logs at a time). The thermopile is generating 224mv enough to allow the switch underneath the fireplace to work, but NOT the wall switch.
Position your new electric fireplace back into the center of the hearth area so the extender panels are not touching the rear wall. Once it gets going, there truly is nothing else exactly like a roaring wood fire in a masonry fireplace. After the gas line and wiring are done and all inspections are completed, you’ll build the frame, cover it with drywall, and complete the taping and decorating.
So we borrowed some confidence from Layla and Kevin ‘s fireplace makeover and decided to give our kitchen a Black-Bart-ectomy yesterday (don’t worry, we won’t trash him- Bart will live on, but more on that later). Spoiler alert: we’re leaning towards bright glossy white (we’re planning to bring some color onto the kitchen walls, so a white fireplace should be a nice counterpart).
If there’s a wood stove in your life (or in your future) and you already have a masonry fireplace in your home, you may want to use your fireplace’s chimney to vent your wood stove or wood burning fireplace insert. No. Regency fireplaces are approved with installations using several venting configurations; you can install your fireplace virtually anywhere. Also, while a ventless gas log set provides a good amount of heat, a direct vent gas insert is a better option for those are a bit hesitant to go with a vent-free appliance, especially in areas where vent-free units are not permitted.
We are also going to build a full mantle that will go over the top of the fireplace and have columns that come down on either side, in white. I got out the grill lighter and heated the thermopile some more all around and I got it up to 400 mV and the fireplace started immediately. I have used an electric fireplace insert on a green home remodel with mixed reviews.
Working with the fireplace dimensions, I was able to make a cut plan that covered the framing facade using two 3’x5′ sheets of cement board. The cost to run the gas line will vary dramatically based on how far the fireplace is from the gas main and the difficulty of accessing the fireplace. Your best bet for a low-maintenance, cost-effective fireplace is an electric model.
Not only is this DIY project convenient, but it’s also a good way to keep the drafty chimney closed which is a heat trap in the Texas summertime. Cover the ends of the siding with vinyl or metal J-bead (available at siding dealers) and install the drip cap (Photo 11) before you slide the vent cap into the hole. The most important aspect of a DIY clean wood fireplace insert installation is correct venting.