How to install a fireplace insert. How to install a fireplace insert. They cost less a fraction of the 200 per square foot required for indoor fireplacesaccording to fireplace contractors. The hardest one to install is potentially the electrical fireplace depending on where the fireplace is to be located outside.
Have an electrician install a 110 volt electrical outlet to the rear corner of the fireplace. In as little as half a day an insert can be installed into your existing fireplace greatly enhancing its performance and beauty. However outdoor fireplaces are a great amenity gaining popularity.
Remove existing chimney cap and damper from top of chimney. If theres a gas line extending into the fireplace shut off the gas then use two pipe wrenches to unscrew the gas line. In this video this old house plumbing and heating contractor richard trethewey upgrades an old wood burning fireplace.
The fireplace itself is a ready made hole making installation relatively easy. Run electrical power to fireplace and install a duplex receptacle. Best of all an insert produces more heat than an open fireplace so its a great source of supplemental.