Freestanding Stove or Fireplace Insert?
If you’re trying to decide whether you should install a free-standing wood stove or fireplace insert, you’re not alone. Many homeowners are looking for more efficient alternative heating solutions. But how do you know which is best for your home? While both will keep your home nice and warm and lower your heating bills, we’ll explain some of the differences that will help you decide whether a free-standing stove or insert is the best solution for your space.
Free-standing Wood Stove
One of the advantages of a free-standing stove is that it can be placed practically anywhere in the home. They are available in different sizes and styles to fit any space. They are best for heating large spaces or an entire home.
- Choose a small stove to heat a home up to 1,000 sq. ft.
- A medium stove for up to 2,000 sq. ft.
- Or a large stove to heat up to 3,000 sq. ft.
You can have a stove in your main living space, one on each floor for zone heating or a larger unit in the basement that radiates heat through air vents. EPA-certified wood stoves burn cleaner and more efficiently than a traditional fireplace. They are environmentally friendly, easy to use and constructed to provide maximum energy efficiency for your home consuming less fuel. However, you’ll still need a chimney or vent for your stove. Vent-free and gas and pellet stoves are also available.
A Fireplace Insert
A fireplace insert is a self-contained heating appliance that fits inside an existing fireplace opening. Like a traditional fireplace, they are best for heating individual living spaces. An insert operates similar to that of a space heater transforming an inefficient traditional fireplace into a highly efficient heat producer without sacrificing aesthetics. EPA certified fireplace inserts are up to 90% more efficient and consume one-third less fuel to generate the same amount of heat. They are environmentally friendly, burn cleaner with less air pollution and creosote.
Inserts are available in a wide of variety of decorative styles that will improve the overall look of your home or match the décor of an existing fireplace.
You also have a choice of fuel options including:
An optional blower motor forces heated air into the room for maximum efficiency. There are also units equipped with adjustable thermostat and remote operation for the ultimate in heating comfort and convenience. When installed with a stainless chimney liner, an insert is efficient, clean and easy to maintain.
Your choice of an insert or a wood stove depends on your needs and whether you have an existing fireplace in your home. If you want to maximize the heating efficiency of an existing fireplace, then an insert is the best option. But if you want to heat a home or room that doesn’t have a fireplace, then a free-standing wood stove is an excellent choice.
Still can’t decide? Contact us or visit our showroom to see our selection of free-standing stoves and fireplace inserts. Our certified hearth professionals have the knowledge to recommend the best heating solution for your home.