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Fireplace vs Fireplace Insert

What is the difference between a fireplace and a fireplace insert? If you’re not sure, then you’re in the right place! While both perform a similar service for your space, there are some significant differences between the two. We’ll help you understand the functional differences as well as the differences in appearance.

masonry fireplaces in Hightstown, NJWhat Is A Fireplace?

A traditional fireplace is the open brick masonry fireplaces found in most older chimney systems. The biggest perk with these fireplaces is the long-loved ambiance they provide in your space. The warmth of the fire, the crackling wood, and aesthetic appeal are all aspects that many fireplace owners love about their traditional fireplace.

What Is A Fireplace Insert?

A fireplace insert is a fully enclosed box that slides into an existing fireplace opening. Because it is a fully enclosed system, it maintains heat better than an open masonry fireplace making inserts a more efficient option as well as added safety from flying sparks and embers. Another major benefit of fireplace inserts is their easy maintenance in comparison to traditional fireplaces.

How Can I Tell The Difference?

The easiest way to know whether you have a fireplace, or a fireplace insert would be to inspect the fireplace. Some traditional fireplaces have glass doors added to enclose the fireplace which may make differentiating them more difficult, but with a quick look at your set up, you can tell the difference. If your fireplace is a separate piece that has been added into the structure it is likely an insert, where are is if the fireplace appears to be a part of the structure itself built into the wall, it is more likely a traditional masonry fireplace.

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Why Upgrade To A Fireplace Insert?

Fireplace inserts have many added benefits. Safety and improved heat retention are two of the biggest benefits of making the switch. Thanks to their fully enclosed design, inserts are able to maintain heat from your fire that would otherwise be lost with an open fireplace. This feature also adds an extra layer of protection from any stray sparks or embers that could catch on rugs, furniture, or other flammable materials in your home.

Are You Ready To Make The Switch? Call Mercer County Chimney!

Mercer County Chimney can help you choose the perfect wood, gas, or electric fireplace insert for your space. We have plenty of insert options from great brands, making it easy for you to find the one you’ll love! Our certified team will install your new fireplace insert and make sure everything is running smoothly for those cozy warm nights by the fire. For chimney, fireplace, or insert services, repairs, and installations give us a call today at 609-802-5288 or contact us online. We look forward to serving you!