What Makes a Fireplace Insert Appealing?

March 1, 2018 4:34 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

A fireplace has long been a part of the American dream home. When we think about the holidays, we think about sitting around the fire with family, drinking cocoa and singing traditional holiday songs. And when we think about the long winter months in Wisconsin, we think about the bracing warmth of the fire, the crackling of firewood and the light, sweet smell.

If you’re thinking about adding a fireplace to your home, allow us to tell you first about the latest in fireplace inserts, which we believe offer an excellent alternative to the traditional fireplace in Wausau, WI.

Benefits of a fireplace without the drawbacks

The vast majority of the heat created by a traditional fireplace is actually vented out the chimney. Maybe 10 percent of the heat created by the fire is actually radiated into the home. This means that on exceptionally cold nights, your fireplace can actually let out more heat than it generates. This also means that while your fireplace will generate heat when your fire is really roaring, if you let your fire die naturally rather than putting it out, you’ll lose a lot of heat during the dormancy stages of your fire. With fireplace inserts—whether wood, gas or electric—you’ll lose a lot less energy while creating far less smoke and ash. A wood burning insert, for example, only emits 1 gram of smoke per hour.

Energy efficiency

Because fireplace inserts are far more energy efficient than normal fireplaces—up to 80 percent efficient—they’re far better for the environment, and require less money to operate in the long run. Also, you have more control of your venting system with a fireplace insert, which means that not only can you create more heat in less time, but you can keep the heat in your home longer. All in all, the energy efficiency gains of a fireplace insert over a traditional fireplace are staggering.


Fireplace inserts require less maintenance than traditional fireplaces. You don’t have to keep large amounts of fuel on hand. It is more realistic to expect a good quality fireplace insert to heat your home for the winter than it is to expect a traditional fireplace to heat your home all winter long, especially if you live where the temperature drops below zero.

Added convenience

Fireplace inserts are easier to use than traditional fireplaces, and this is especially true if they are electric or gas. To use a gas or electric fireplace, you just push a button on the wall or on a remote control, and your fire comes to life just like that. Amazing, right? That’s convenience you can get used to!

Install a fireplace in Wausau, WI

We’ve been installing fireplaces and fireplace inserts for almost 70 years. We’ve seen it all, and we can do it all. If you’re interested in adding a fireplace or a fireplace insert to your home, please call Marcell’s Specialties Inc. or drop by our showroom today. We have a highly knowledgeable staff who are always eager to go the extra mile to serve our customers. If you’re looking for the best of the best—the best price, the best products and the best service—Marcell’s Specialties Inc. is the name to know!

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