WHY CHOOSE A GAS FIREPLACE INSERT?
Small vintage style gas coal fireplace inserts are our specialty. A historic home deserves a small gas fireplace insert that doesn't just fit the fireplace; its style needs to complement the home and look like it belongs there.
A gas insert converts your fireplace into a powerful heating source. An open burning fireplace is the least efficient way to enjoy a fire in your home. With the open damper and large fireplace opening, an open fireplace uses conditioned (preheated) room air to provide combustion to the fire, and the existing large chimney (often 12" x 12" or larger) sucks away the heat produced by the fire at a faster rate than it can be recovered for usable heat in the home. Therefore, most open burning fireplaces (no matter the fuel, wood or gas) are 10% to minus 10% efficient - you're often sending more heat up the chimney than you're gaining in the room when burning an open fire!
A GAS INSERT is a stove that inserts into an existing fireplace, offering a conversion from an open hole in the wall where heat escapes the house into a powerful heating source. Even a small direct vent gas coal insert can heat 800-1200 sq. ft. - several rooms in the average home. Larger models can heat up to 2000 sq. ft or more. Gas inserts include a glass window to keep heat from escaping up the chimney.
NOTE: Gas INSERTS are designed to be installed into a masonry or approved "zero clearance" metal fireplace. Gas inserts include aluminum chimney liners that extend from the insert to the top of the chimney so the condition of the masonry chimney is practically irrelevant so long as the passageway is open to allow installation of the liners and the chimney is structurally sound. WHAT THIS MEANS is that a fireplace or chimney that's not in great shape due to a chimney fire, settling, age, and deterioration may be brought back to life simply by installing a gas insert with a suitable chimney lining system. There's even a way to install an insert even if the chimney is blocked, has been torn down to the attic, etc. Please call us if you have any questions.