Simplifying the various types of venting needed for fireplace inserts

Fireplace inserts transform masonry built, highly inefficient wood-burning fireplaces into beautiful heat producers for the home. Quadra-Fire makes three types of fireplace insertsgas, wood and pellet. Gas inserts are a good choice if convenience matters, as they operate at the flip of a switch or tap of a remote control. If you’d prefer to keep heating with wood, or make a change to pellets, a wood or pellet insert will transform your drafty, old fireplace into a heating powerhouse.

Each type of insert uses the existing chimney to ventilate vertically, terminating at the roof. This illustration will help you visualize the venting required for fireplace inserts!


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Open, masonry-built wood-burning fireplaces are inefficient. According to U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) statistics, masonry fireplaces exhaust as much as 24,000 cubic feet of air per hour outdoors, which in turn draws cold air in through doors and windows. If you use your main home heating system while enjoying a roaring fire in your masonry fireplace, you’re literally sending your energy dollars up the chimney along with a massive amount of hot air! Converting to a fireplace insert will make your fireplace up to 85 percent efficient, heating your space effectively while still providing the ambiance and coziness only a live fire can bring.

Quadra-Fire offers a suite of fireplace insert options, for spaces large and small, and styles ranging from rustic to traditional. Schedule an in-home consultation with one of our local authorized dealers to get started on your project today! 



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