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The Convenience And Efficiency Of A Wood-Burning Insert

Nothing beats the look and heat of a real wood fire. But sometimes traditional wood-burning fireplaces can be dirty, inefficient, and environmentally irresponsible. If you have a working masonry chimney system, and you’re tired of the draftiness, messiness, and pollution of your existing fireplace, you may want to consider having a wood-burning insert professionally installed.

What Is A Wood-Burning Insert?

Wood-burning inserts are heating appliances that are designed to fit into and replace your existing fireplace. Before having one installed, it is imperative that you have your existing chimney checked for overall condition and compatibility. Failure to do so can result in a house fire or an even bigger efficiency problem than you previously experienced.

Wood-burning inserts can either be used in conjunction with your existing chimney system, or with a pre-fab liner that was specifically designed for your particular insert. Although a wood-burning insert can be significantly more efficient than a traditional wood-burning fireplace, you will experience an even higher level of efficiency should you opt for the pre-fab liner. Pre-fab liners are sized and shaped for maximum insert efficiency and can keep your insert working exactly as designed.

Whether you choose a liner that was designed in conjunction with your insert or you choose to use your existing chimney system, be sure that the liner is the right size. Having a flue that is too big or too small for your insert will cause inefficiency and lead to excessive smoke and creosote problems. You may simply want to reline your chimney with a stainless steel flue liner. These liners carry lifetime warranties when professionally installed, and can be used with any fuel type. They are definitely worth the investment and they will serve you well whether you stick with your wood-burning insert or choose to change fuel types down the road.

Yes, But How Do They Look?

Wood-burning inserts are available in a variety of styles and sizes. Whether you want something streamlined and discreet or something traditional looking with a cooktop, we guarantee you’ll find an insert that fits with your vision. If you are interested in checking out the wide variety of wood-burning inserts on the market, visit our 20,000 square foot showroom here in Waldorf, at 2475 Old Washington Road. Our knowledgeable staff will be happy to show you the many wood-burning insert options and help you decide which is right for your home.


One advantage of a free-standing wood stove is being able to put it almost anywhere you want it. In addition to cleaning your fireplace, chimney or stove, we can talk to you about where a wood stove fits into your plans.

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