There are over 180 United Fireplace and Stove member stores across the US and Canada. Benefit from the buying power of North America’s largest network of independently owned hearth stores, UFS is a brand that you can trust for dependability, value & experience.
When searching for the perfect Wood Burning Fireplace Insert, stop by a UFS Member Store showroom and view a number of beautiful burning models to help narrow down your selection. Our privately-owned Hearth Stores offer great discounts on Wood Fireplace Inserts, installation, and accessories.
A wood burning fireplace insert allows you to enjoy the natural look of an open fireplace while combining it with the efficiency of a wood-burning stove. This is a popular option for home heating, provides an authentic look and makes an inefficient fireplace into the warm, focal point of your home.
Most wood burning fireplace inserts will burn for about 5 to 9 hours on a full load of wood. To enable the appliance to maintain burning wood for that amount of time, there are many standards and regulations every wood fireplace insert owner must follow. Furthermore, to ensure the appliance is installed and working safely, it is important to have your wood-burning insert installed by a qualified chimney professional.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies all wood burning fireplace inserts to make sure they are reaching emissions standards and burning safety and efficiently. Recent certifications and controls on wood burning appliances increase the efficiency and safety of wood burning inserts. Modern day wood fireplace inserts will also reduce the amount of wood consumed and the overall maintenance requirements of the unit when they are EPA-certified.
As with any wood-burning appliance, one downside to these units are the by-products of the combustion process. During a wood fire, smoke can cause creosote to accumulate on the walls of the chimney and buildup over time. This creosote is flammable and can pose a serious safety hazard if it is not properly cleaned each year.
To ensure that your wood fireplace insert is safe to use at all times, schedule an annual chimney inspection and cleaning with a certified chimney professional. Also, keep in mind it is always best to burn dry and seasoned wood.
Remember to only burn dry seasoned wood in your wood-burning appliance. The type of fuel that you choose to burn in your wood insert will affect how long the fire is kept burning in your unit. For the hottest and longest sustaining fire use properly seasoned hardwoods such as oak, maple, hickory and cherry.
Additional Safety Tips
When operating your wood-burning fireplace insert, it is important to be aware of the warning signs that your insert is not working properly.
- If you smell smoke, there is a problem. The unit should not smell like smoke at any time. If this occurs call your dealer or chimney sweep. Stop using the unit until the problem can be addressed.
- Annual chimney inspections and cleanings are necessary to ensure the insert and chimney are all working properly.
- Remember to burn only dry, seasoned wood. This wood is only properly dried and ready to burn after it has been cut, split, stacked and covered for a minimum of 8 months.
- Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors close to the fireplace insert to ensure that you and your family have a proper warning system in place incase there is a problem with your insert.
Be sure to follow the safety guidelines of the unit and have your wood burning fireplace insert installed and serviced by a skilled fireplace professional. An affordable wood burning fireplace insert is a great way to extend the functionality of your existing fireplace, significantly reduce your gas or fuel oil heating bill and increase the benefits that the fireplace can bring to your home.