Fireplace inserts are heating units that retrofit into an existing wood-burning fireplace. Pellet inserts offer a fuel option that answers the need for clean-burning, renewable energy without the mess and work associated with burning wood.
Pellets are made of compressed sawdust, often using by-products that might otherwise end up in landfills. The fuel is consistent in size and comes in forty-pound bags. Simply pour the pellets into the stove or into a hopper which feeds automatically into the stove. A single load can typically burn about 24 hours. Pellets are widely available at hearth specialty stores and mass merchants.
Pellet inserts utilize the existing chimney through a flexible, stainless steel flue liner specifically designed for pellet stoves.
Important considerations when deciding on your pellet insert include the size of your existing fireplace opening and the amount of space in your home that you want to heat. No need to worry about burn time or log length! However, pellet inserts require a small amount of electricity to run. During a power outage, a pellet insert or stove will only run with a battery back-up or generator.
Reduce your home heating cost, especially if you heat your home with electricity or fuel oil. A pellet insert is a great way to change an existing, non-efficient wood-burning fireplace into a heat producing, cost-effective, and attractive source of zone heat.
Below you will find a few of the most popular pellet insert products.