Heating is one of the most essential things in our homes. It comes in handy when the winter days set in and in the cool of the night when temperatures have gone done. However, which heating option do you use to ensure that your home is well heated? You could opt to have a fire place built, or simply use a radiator. But of all these, none works as efficiently as a fireplace insert.
Inserts are an efficient and energy conserving steel frame that is inserted into the standard fireplace of any home. This heating option is efficient as it is designed to ensure that 90% of the heat generated is circulated in the room rather than being lost and can be found as wood burners or electric. With different brands in the market today, looking at some of the best fireplace inserts to choose the most befitting one is essential. Here are is a list of some of the finest inserts available.
Duraflame DFI020ARU Electric Fireplace Insert
If you’re looking for an electric fireplace insert that also heats up your home, then this Duraflame insert is for you.
With realistic wood burning design, it will fit into any existing fireplace and have the appearance and feel of burning wood. It is one the best selling realistic-looking electric fireplace for heating. When turned on, it has a ‘cracking sound’ much like when you’re setting up a fire, as you hear in the video reviews when you click on the link above. It’s not loud, it operates quietly although you can hear a ‘humming’ sound with the fan turned on (it blows heat into the room).
With the rising energy costs, you’ll be glad to know that it is energy-efficient using LED technology. You have the option of turning the heating on and off. When turned on, it can heat up a significantly large room of up to 400 square feet. You can replace your space heater with this lovely looking insert. It is great for any living room or any room with a fireplace. Yes, you can actually put it inside your fireplace, unlike other so-called inexpensive “inserts” these days.
Bionaire BFH5000-UM Electric Fireplace Heater
More expensive than the previous one, this Bionaire heater has a ‘futuristic‘ appeal. It does certainly live up to its slogan: “The romance and warmth of a traditional fireplace without the mess and inconvenience.”
What’s cool about this model is the ability to control flame brightness and the audio sound. If you want to hear a louder ‘wood-burning crackling’ sound, then you can just turn the volume up. It also has a built-in thermostat so you have total control of how warm you want your room to be.
With a timer that can be set for up to 12 hours, you can just fall asleep rest assured that the heater won’t be on all night – as long as you set it up first before you sleep.
It can be wall-mounted or be made to stand on the floor with its floor stand attachment. Take note that this is NOT an actual fireplace insert. It’s more like a telly/TV that’s designed to look like you’re actually looking inside a fireplace. With its realistic-looking flame, it is a great addition to any room. It certainly beats a dull-looking space heater.
Drolet Fireplace Insert – wood burner
The Drolet fireplace insert is one of the top brands in the market today. This wood burning insert offers some very efficient features that make it a reliable and dependable masonry fireplace upgrade option.
It comes with a 1/4in. heavy steel top plate that offers up to 75% efficiency. The Drolet wood insert also has an adjustable door handle for easy access to the fire pit and features single air control.
This steel top insert requires very minimal cleaning; even for the glass. Using Airwash technology, its front glass is kept clean always and the use of corrosion-resistant stainless steel ensures that maintenance and cleaning is minimal.
Monessen Windsor Series Fireplace Insert- Wood burner
Monessen is a company that has perfected the art of creating inserts over the years. As such the Windsor series are a great spectacle to behold.
This wood burner offers a very realistic heating sensation that ensures very little heat is lost. Created from sturdy steel, the insert’s fireplace is easily accessed via its rugged cast iron door. Its refractory interior made of bricks gives this insert a more convincing masonry look. The Monessen Windsor series are all designed using the best UL listed components. Enjoy a constant warm air flow as the insert uses a forced air system to warm and circulate air.
The Vogelzang Colonial EPA Fireplace Insert – Wood burner
Just as the name implies, the Vogelzang fireplace offers a colonial 31” by 44” hearth surround look, that gives a classical look for a large home. This fireplace insert is known for its capability to heat approximately 1,800 sq. ft.
It comes with a large cast iron door that provides access to the insert’s fire pit with a 16.5” by 9” ceramic glass pane fitted. Vogelzang Colonial EPA fireplace models are known for efficiency with a single fueling burning for up to 8 hours straight. It comes with a heavy 3/16 inch reinforced steel plate gauged fitted with a firebrick lining; ensuring heat conservation is at a maximum.