How to install a wood burning fireplace insert. The job of installing a wood burning fireplace insert is not complicated but it will take a little bit of work and some knowledge on your part. If theres a wood stove in your life or in your future and you already have a masonry fireplace in your home you may want to use your fireplaces chimney to vent your wood stove or wood burning fireplace insert. Installing a fireplace insert fireplace inserts greatly improve the performance and aesthetics of inefficient open burning wood fireplaces.
In as little as half a day an insert can be installed into your existing fireplace greatly enhancing its performance and beauty. Despite being a wood burning fireplace insert you need an electrical outlet in the fireplace to connect the insert. While a wood burning stove would not require the same extensive masonry work as a stone or brick fireplace it does require a fire resistant base of some type to rest on.
Have them put it in the rear of the fireplace. Working with electricity can be very tricky so be safe and look up a local electrician. Have an electrician install a 110 volt electrical outlet to the rear corner of the fireplace.
Remove existing chimney cap and damper from top of chimney. Here are the basics of how to install a wood burning fireplace insert. See below for a shopping list and tools click here to subscribe to the official this old house youtube.
An insert is a cast iron or steel box that fits inside your existing masonry fireplace opening. In this video this old house plumbing and heating contractor richard trethewey upgrades an old wood burning fireplace. If theres a gas line extending into the fireplace shut off the gas then use two pipe wrenches to unscrew the gas line.
Plumbing and heating expert richard trethewey upgrades an old wood burning fireplace.