Fireplace and Fireplace Insert: What’s the Difference?

Posted Monday, August 7th, 2017


Although it’s still quite warm in the Northwest, summer is winding down. Before you know it, fall will be here. At Cressy Door and Fireplace we love the crisp fall air and the changing colors of leaves. It’s the perfect time to install a new fireplace or fireplace insert.

You may be wondering, what’s the difference between a fireplace and a fireplace insert. Here’s the 411.

When most people think of a fireplace, they think of an opening in the wall with a flue above it to remove smoke. Some have glass doors or a screen. The fact is a fireplace is either masonry or factory built.

Typically, masonry fireplaces are constructed by builders. They are made out of brick, stone and even tile. The fireplace is designed to fit seamlessly to the flue and chimney in your home.

Factory built fireplaces are a metal box. They are usually installed in framed walls and encased in non-combustible materials. Nowadays, many new homes have gas fireplaces built right in.

Regardless of whether or not your home has a fireplace, you can still have one installed. It will simply require a small renovation. You will either need to have a cavity created for venting or install a vent-free fireplace.

If you decide you’d like a fireplace insert, you have lots of options. A fireplace insert can burn gas, wood or pellets. It can also be inserted into an existing masonry fireplace. Inserts are a low cost option compared to a complete renovation.

Take a look at some of our favorite fireplace inserts from these award winning manufacturers.

Napoleon Fireplace and Insert Gallery

Stellar Hearth Gallery

Astria Fireplace and Insert Gallery

Regency Fireplace and Insert Gallery

IronStrike Fireplace and Insert Gallery

Town & Country Fireplace and Insert Gallery