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Appearance AND Performance!
Fireplace inserts have become an extremely popular
and effective way to
upgrade old energy wasting fireplaces. In light of today's uncertain
and increasingly volatile fuel costs, we need to do everything we
possibly can to reduce our energy consumption. Not only is it good for
books, but good for the environment, too!
is a great way to make your drafty
old masonry fireplace
much more energy ef-
ficient. Generally made from plate steel or
cast iron, they
are designed to fit inside an existing masonry fireplace opening. Some of
more recent models are also designed
to fit within an existing zero clearance
box. Though gas (below right) and wood
burning units (above) are the most common,
they are also available in pellet-burning (be-
low left) and electric models.
Until fairly recently, the biggest downside of inserts has been in the aes-
thetics. From the standpoint of
-- despite all the energy saving
advantages attributed to them -- most of the products in the mar-
in a word, ugly.
Oversized and overbearing, they drew attention away from the mantels and
surrounds enclosing them. Little, if any, effort was made to integrate them
into the overall design scheme while, simultaneously, preserving the architectural
integrity and balance of the original design. Even when at-
tempts were made to
modify the original design to better accommodate it, the insert still
stole the show!
Fortunately, you no longer have to sacrifice appearance for performance.
few manufacturers have become more attuned to the aesthetic issue and have taken
steps to create energy efficient fireplace inserts designed to complement, rather than
detract from, the original design scheme of
the mantel and surround. Some are
even very attractive as stand-alone design elements, particularly in contemporary
settings, such as the wood burning unit pictured below.
For more information about any of the fireplace inserts pictured here, please
let us know
and we'll be happy to provide it for you.
Also, please check back often or subscribe to our
as we continually add new photos of insert designs to our website.
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