How to Select a Fireplace Insert

April 4, 2022 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

When it is time to pick out a fireplace insert, several factors should be taken into consideration. Working with an expert is the best way to ensure that you choose the right product for your home needs. Here’s how to get started with a guide to selecting a fireplace insert.

Why Choose a Fireplace Insert?

Perhaps you are still trying to decide between a traditional fireplace or a fireplace insert. Let’s simplify this for you. Fireplaces are a challenging addition to your home heating plan. Fireplaces move air in and out of your home in non-efficient ways. They are also difficult to clean and maintain.

A fireplace insert is a great alternative. This option gives you the look and feel of a fireplace, but with much more efficient heat retention. They require very low maintenance as well.

What Is Zone Heating?

When using a traditional furnace to heat your entire house, you may be spending money to heat some empty, unused spaces. This is not energy-efficient or cost-efficient. Zone heating solves this problem. When you implement zone heating, you can lower your thermostat and rev up the fireplace insert to heat just the space you need at the time. This saves you money.

How Do I Choose What Fireplace Insert I Want?


Your first consideration will be how you want your fireplace space to look. Fireplace inserts come in a wide variety of styles to match your particular taste.


Consider the size of the space you have to work in and take specific measurements of the entire fireplace space. This helps speed up the shopping process.

Fuel Type

The last thing to consider is your fuel type. Do you want gas, wood, or pellet? Each of these fuel types has its own benefits and drawbacks.

Wood: Wood fuel remains the classic, traditional type of fireplace fuel. Nothing quite compares to the heat given off by dry wood burning, and you get a special ambiance and feel from this option. If you are willing to obtain and store wood on a regular basis, this might be a good choice for you.

Gas: Gas fuel is the most convenient option if you want quick-burning options. Push a button, and your fire blazes to life.

Pellet: Pellets provide a long-burning fuel that gives off the warmth of wood-burning without the inconvenience of obtaining and storing wood.

When you talk with the professionals at Marcell’s Specialties Inc., we can help you better understand everything you need to know about each fuel type so that you can choose the best one for your particular needs.

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