What is a Fireplace Insert?

If you’ve considered putting a new fireplace in your home, but don’t want to go through with a full remodel, a fireplace insert may be just the perfect solution! A fireplace insert is a great alternative to a traditional fireplace. It is essentially a firebox surrounded by a steel shell. In a fireplace insert, heat is trapped as the air flows between the firebox and the shell as it is warmed. This makes sure that the heat is being delivered into the room and not into the masonry structure. Therefore, heat is not being lost up the chimney or absorbed into the stone. A fireplace insert can be a good addition if you have an older wood burning or masonry-style fireplace. You may also consider one if you start to feel like the heat you’re getting from your current fireplace is not sufficient. A fireplace insert can use a variety of fuels and provides several other benefits that make it a great addition to your home.

Fireplace inserts can be heated using several types of fuel:

  • Natural Gas
  • Propane
  • EPA Certified Wood
  • Pellets
  • Coal
  • Electricity

Benefits of a Fireplace Insert:

  1. One of the biggest advantages of a fireplace insert is its efficiency. Traditional open fireplaces typically have a low efficiency rate of only about 5-10% since most heat is lost through the chimney. Because fireplace inserts have a sealed, air tight door, the fire burns slower generating more heat. They have a significantly higher efficiency rating, some up to  80%.
  2. Going hand in hand with efficiency, fireplace inserts can help save money on your energy bill. You will be using less gas, oil or electricity to heat your home with the increased efficiency of your fireplace.
  3. Fireplace inserts can also reduce your environmental footprint substantially, with wood burning emission of almost zero. Many fireplace inserts are EPA-certified, making them an optimal choice if you’re making an effort to “go green.”
  4. Fireplace inserts are also an aesthetically pleasing, more affordable option to add a new look without a messy remodel. You can add the fireplace box to your existing structure for a much simpler installation.
  5. They are also easily operated. With a touch of a button or flip of a switch, you will have instant heat. Many fireplace inserts even come with a remote control so you don’t even have to leave the couch to start a blazing fire!

Contact New England Hearth & Home

To learn more about fireplace inserts and how they work, contact the fireplace experts at New England Hearth & Home! Fill out our contact form or call us today at 781-562-0771!

Benefits of Having A Fire Pit This Summer

outdoor fire pit

Fire pits can be a beautiful addition to any backyard. Similarly, if you have a deck or a porch area, sometimes this is the perfect area to also add a fire pit. They can be the perfect way to connect and relax with your friends and family. Let’s look at all the benefits that there are to have a fire pit this summer season.

Increases Home Value

When you have a fire pit, it can increase your home value significantly. By having invested some money into your backyard, you can ultimately sell your home for a higher price in the end. Similarly, if you are not looking to sell your home at this exact moment in time, you will still be able to sell your home in the way future for a slightly higher price.


Socialization is a huge aspect of having a fire pit. These kinds of items are often referred to as hearth places, as they are at the heart of the home. Many social events can happen around a fire pit. Anything from a small get together of friends to a larger event with many individuals can work with a fire pit.


Food culture can also be incorporated into fire pits as well. When it comes to a fire pit, it can be an extremely sentimental moment to cook around a fire with family and friends. Things like s’mores and hot dogs are 100% do-able in a fire pit.

Contact New England Hearth & Home!

At New England Hearth & Home, we have some of the best fire pits in all New England & Massachusetts as a whole. Fire pits can provide all the benefits above and MORE! If you are interested in getting a new fire pit, contact us today at New England Hearth & Home by filling out our contact form, or by giving us a call directly at 781-562-0771.