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Wood Stove Inserts: Stay Warm and Save Money!

Updated on March 12, 2015

Wood Fireplace Inserts are Warm, Inviting, and Save You Money!

Wood stove inserts are a smart investment for your home. The wood stoves do add charm and ambiance to your living room or den, especially on a cold winter's night. And the fire does encourage family and friends to gather around one central area. But, during this economic downturn that we are experiencing, more and more people are turning to wood stoves simply because of the money that is saved by burning wood as opposed to electric or oil heat.

The initial outlay of funds to purchase and install a wood stove are replaced within a short period of time after you start using the wood to heat your home. And if you live near a forested area, you have plenty of firewood to get started. Don't forget to check into the licensing/tagging requirements, though. Wood stove inserts also increase the efficiency of your traditional open hearth fireplace.

So, save some money this winter. Stop paying those huge oil bills. Add one of the many styles available to your home this winter.

Prevent your Heat from Going up the Chimney!

Wood Stove Inserts Increase Your Fireplace Efficiency

Ahhhh, sitting near the fireplace, feet propped up, favorite drink in hand. Perhaps you are enjoying the ambiance of the fire with your loved ones. Together you watch the red flames burning the wood. Together you watch the heat escape up the chimney.

Oops, what?

That's right. Traditional fireplaces are great for atmosphere, but a large percentage of the heat generated from your burning logs literally goes up the chimney along with the smoke.

With the price of any home fuel, including wood, you want to burn as efficiently as you can. Many people are upgrading their open fireplaces to one of the many new models of wood stove inserts available today for that reason. They want to save fuel and money.

Wood stove inserts are great to have. You still get to enjoy the ambiance of having a fire, but a higher percentage of the heat goes into your home, not up the chimney. Add a blower or fan, and you can easily heat a modest sized home with the right model.

You want to know more pluses?

- Easier to clean

- Safer to use

- More heat with less wood

- Save more money

- More independence from the local utility company

How can you go wrong with so many advantages?

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Wood Burning Stove Inserts Are This Easy to Install

Watch how easy it can be to install one of the many wood stove inserts in your own home!

Fire Places: A Practical Design Guide to Fireplaces and Stoves Indoors and Out - Design Tips and Regulations

Whether you crave a fireplace as a source of heat or a center of ambiance, this book can help you sort through the choices.

Troubleshooting Information for Wood Stoves and Fireplace Inserts - Wood Stove Inserts Tips

You can have a better fire by remembering these five rules:

  • Begin with a hot fire
  • Use only dry, seasoned wood
  • Use plenty of kindling
  • Don't use big pieces of wood
  • Give the fire enough air


Cleaner Burning Wood Stove Inserts and Fireplaces

Today's Wood Stove Inserts Are Better for You and Your Family

The interior design of wood stoves has changed completely since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the performance standards for new wood stoves in 1988. The emission limits of smoke from wood stoves has been changed to 7.5 grams of smoke per hour for non-catalytic stoves and 4.1 grams per hour for catalytic stoves. Certified stoves can reduce smoke emissions by up to 90% compared to conventional stoves, and are much more efficient.

According to the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), if you have one of the wood stove inserts or wood stoves that are more than seven years old, consider replacing it with one of the newer, advanced combustion units.

The EPA-certified emission value can be compared from one model to another. Manufacturers of wood stove inserts have improved their combustion technologies. Some of the newer stoves have lowered their particulate emissions to the range of one to four grams per hour.

The newer certified wood stove inserts have features that promote the secondary combustion. Most of the features are designed to burn off the dangerous chemicals and toxic substances before they leave the firebox and enter your home.

This is achieved when:

  • The fire has an adequate supply of oxygen.
  • The gases from the fires are at high temperature and mixed with preheated air, specifically oxygen.
  • The gases have enough time to burn before they cool down.

Wood Stove Inserts are a Wonderful Addition to the Family Room - Hampton Wood Stove Inserts Are Easy to Install

Wood fireplace inserts provide a lovely ambiance for the family room, while at the same time heating the area.

Share how much you enjoy your wood stove insert. Let us know what benefits you have discovered.

Tell us about your fireplace and wood stove insert!

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    • Michey LM profile image

      Michey LM 

      7 years ago

      Hi! You did a great job, I love fireplaces and wood stove. 5*


    • BuckHawkcenter profile image


      7 years ago

      Ah ha! I knew I could find this lens. And learn all these benefits. Now, just have to convince myself to get going and get it done!

    • mgassistant lm profile image

      mgassistant lm 

      8 years ago

      Cool lens!

    • RobW1 profile image


      9 years ago

      Love the lens! We use out wood stove all winter long! Blessed!

    • HorseAndPony LM profile image

      HorseAndPony LM 

      9 years ago

      Love this lens. We just moved to Colorado and our new cabin that does not have a heater yet but has a wood stove insert. While it is not that big of an area we are using it to heat the entire house. We always had a fireplace and now we will always have an insert. We love it!

    • hlkljgk profile image


      9 years ago from Western Mass

      helpful, thanks. we were just discussing this option this morning. :)

    • oztoo lm profile image

      oztoo lm 

      9 years ago

      We don't need a fireplace here but they always seem to have great appeal. Nice lens.

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      This looks like a great thing for the winter! Great lens :)

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      Wood stoves are great! Wood is a renewable resource, and the trees do so much for the environment while they are growing. Using that wood in the most efficient way possible is also pretty smart!

    • SylvianeNuccio1 profile image


      9 years ago

      Very interesting lens 5* to you!

    • SylvianeNuccio1 profile image


      9 years ago

      Very interesting lens 5* to you!

    • HenryE LM profile image

      HenryE LM 

      9 years ago

      I've never heard of such a thing but it looks really neat! We live in Florida, so warmth isn't such a concern but I love a good fire in the fireplace!


    • Sarunas profile image


      9 years ago

      Sounds great :) 5*

    • mistyblue75605 lm profile image

      mistyblue75605 lm 

      9 years ago


    • Aquavel profile image


      9 years ago

      This sounds great. Very helpful and informative lens! 5*s!

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      9 years ago

      I think the wood stove inserts may get more popular with the economic situation growing worse. One of these could keep a home toasty warm. I love a fire! - Susie

    • SandyMertens profile image

      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      We had a wood insert put in about 4 years ago. We have really saved on our heating bill. Good lens.

    • Amanda Blue profile image

      Amanda Blue 

      9 years ago

      I have two fireplaces in my New York apartment and am very interested to learn, through your lens, about these marvelous inserts because as you say the heat DOES escape up into the chimney. Thank you.

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      10 years ago

      We have a wood stove and we love it! 5*

      We love the warmth, the smells...everything!

      Thanks btw, for stoppping by my Scrabble Tile

      Lens and commenting on it!

      I appreciate it! :o)

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      10 years ago

      My parents installed a fireplace insert about 20 years ago. It's really beautiful and keeps the whole house warm.

    • profile image


      10 years ago

      I don't have a wood stove insert but it sure sounds like a great idea.


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