Pellet InsertsPellet Fireplace Inserts
PELLET FIREPLACE INSERTS
Pellet inserts are an option when it’s time to update your traditional wood fireplace with something that is more efficient, and easier to load. There are a number of insert options to consider from. A pellet fueled model is an increasingly popular choice for those who do not want a gas fireplace insert, and who would like to avoid carrying and storing wood logs in their home.
What is an Insert?
A pellet insert is fitted into an old wood masonry fireplace to convert it into a pellet fireplace. The most common reason is for efficiency. While traditional fireplaces offer efficiency ratings of 5% – 10%, installing a good quality insert can increase your efficiency rating to 75% or better! Think about the energy savings, and how they’ll affect your wallet and positively impact the environment.
These units force warm air out into the room with strategically placed fans and vents. They do not allow the warm air in the room to go up the chimney.
Fuel Your Fire
A fire that runs on pellets is much like a log fire, but the wood is replaced with small pill sized pellets that are fed automatically from a hopper. These pellets are made from compressed sawdust for sawmills. Other excess biomass can be used too, making this a very green choice for the environment.
The fuel is typically purchased in 40 lb bags and loaded into the hopper as needed. They are automatically fed into the fire by an auger. You can control the heat and size of the fire by adjusting the thermostat.
PELLET VS. GAS
Why choose pellet over gas? Here are a few of the most common reasons:
- They are not harmful to the environment in any way; they are a recycled biomass material
- Storage of wood material is easier and safer than the storage of gas
- There is no need for an external gas line which is sometimes unavailable in remote properties
- You can achieve the natural look of a log fire
To learn more about selecting your ideal unit, visit our showroom and speak with one of our expert team members. Photos of your fireplace and completion of the fireplace insert worksheet below will be very helpful. You can also contact us by phone or email.