Fireplaces vs. Fireplace Inserts:
What’s the Difference?

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As you can guess from our name, we at Pisgah Insulation & Fireplaces have a lot of experience with fireplaces. In our nearly 20 years of operation, one question that we have received a lot is “What’s the difference between a fireplace and a fireplace insert?” To satisfy your curiosity and help you make an informed decision for your home, in this article we’ll be going over what sets fireplaces apart from fireplace inserts.

fireplace inserts are much smaller than traditional fireplaces

  • Fireplaces. When most people think of a fireplace, the image that comes to mind is an existing hearth made of stone or brick, which is set into the wall and vented with a chimney. With the development of new technologies, this term also came to include gas-burning and electrical systems that offer many of the benefits of the traditional version with greater flexibility in venting and placement.
  • Fireplace Inserts. Fireplace inserts are self-contained units designed to fit into existing fireplaces with exterior venting. Because they need to fit inside these existing openings, fireplace inserts are much smaller than traditional fireplaces, and typically include glass fronts and viewing ports. Like their traditional counterparts, fireplace inserts are available in a range of fuel options, including wood, gas, and electric. They are a great option for updating an existing fireplace without the need for extensive renovations, and also offer protection from the drafts that often accompany a traditional chimney. Here at Pisgah Insulation & Fireplaces, we offer a range of options to suit any design and give your space the update that you’ve been looking for.

We at Pisgah Insulation & Fireplace hope that this information has been helpful to you. If you are interested in our fireplaces or fireplace inserts, just give us a call.