What is an Electric Insert?

Sep 25, 2023

What is an Electric Insert?

Discover the magic of modern warmth of electric fireplaces, how they work, their comfort and convenience, right here!

Electric fireplace inserts have emerged as a popular and energy-efficient heating solution for homes and commercial spaces. These modern devices offer a perfect blend of aesthetics and functionality.

Begin by understanding the intricacies of electric fireplace inserts and discovering how they can elevate your space.

Understanding Electric Fireplace Inserts

Electric fireplace inserts are modern heating systems that simulate the appearance and feel of a traditional fireplace while employing electric power to generate heat. These inserts are designed to fit into existing fireplaces or custom-built mantels, making them versatile for various settings.

How Do Electric Fireplace Inserts Work?

The primary components of an electric fireplace insert include a heating element, a fan, and LED lights. The heating element warms the air, while the fan circulates the warm air throughout the room. LED lights create the illusion of flickering flames and glowing embers, providing a realistic ambiance.

The Inserts We Sell

The insert units we sell and install are the Redstone Series made by Modern Flames. You can check these models out at https://www.modernflames.com/products/modern-electric-fireplace/redstone-series-builtin/.

More Questions?

Reach out to us at https://chimneycleanco.com/contact-us/we can answer any questions you may have and help you determine if an electric insert is the best option for your situation.

Smoking back

There are many fireplaces that seem to smoke back into the house no matter what is done. In our experience, the most common cause is that the fireplace simply needs to be cleaned. This is especially likely if the fireplace has gotten worse over time, that is, the smoking back is worse now than it used to be.

Several other possible causes of smoking back are problems with the damper, chimney cap, grate, firewood, or structural problems with the chimney itself. At Chimney Clean Company, we do a full inspection with every cleaning, or we can also do just the inspection if the chimney doesn’t need to be cleaned. This inspection is designed to reveal any causes of smoking back.

Broken chimneys

In the Bay Area, many chimneys were broken in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Usually, these chimneys are broken at or near the roof line, although sometimes they can be broken further down, even at the ground level.

We are fully licensed masonry contractors. We rebuild broken chimneys. If they are broken at the roof line, this usually entails taking the chimney part of the way down brick by brick, installing steel reinforcing bars, getting an inspection from a city inspector, then rebuilding the chimney back up around the steel rebar.

Missing mortar or damaged bricks

Over time, many chimneys develop places that are missing mortar between bricks, or damaged bricks, either inside the firebox or on the outside of the chimney. These areas can usually be repaired, either by replacing the missing mortar or replacing the bricks themselves. Items such as these can be dangerous because they can allow flames, sparks or hot gases to enter the structure of the house.

Water entry

Sometimes the metal that seals the chimney at the roof, called “flashing”, will come loose or develop leaks. In this case, water sometimes comes into the ceiling of the room and causes water spots and stains on the sheet rock. This flashing should be repaired before the water causes more damage.