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Wood heat is an excellent source of home heat because of the high BTU output which each stove is capable of producing. In some cases the heat generated by a wood unit can exceed the capabilities of propane gas. However it is the ambiance and traditional feelings associated with wood which attracts people. Many of us have fond memories of sitting in front of a wood fire as a child surrounded by friends and family.

Those who have existing rigid stainless steel chimneys are excellent candidates for wood heating products as the existing chimney can be utilized. Today all wood burning stoves and fireplaces must be EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) certified which requires a much lower emissions standard than older wood units, allowing you to feel more secure about your environmental footprint.

Modern wood burning stoves and fireplaces are also airtight, making for much longer burn times, more appealing flames, and better heating efficiency. Generally speaking, you can produce the same amount of heat with a new airtight unit burning significantly less wood when compared to an older, non-certified unit. Even by upgrading your existing wood unit you will benefit from lower overall heating costs as well as less time spent splitting and moving wood!

*Important Tip: With any new installation of a wood stove, zero-clearance, or insert, in order to meet safety standards you must have non-combustible hearth protection of 18” or more on the floor in front of the physical opening of the unit.

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When should I be looking for an insert as opposed to a zero-clearance fireplace?

Fireplace inserts are designed to fit within an existing fire-rated masonry opening which was originally used as an open wood burning application. Zero-clearance options are designed to sit in an area of choice and are meant to be built into the space by a surround, mantle, or other means.