How to install a wood burning fireplace insert. An insert is a cast iron or steel box that fits inside your existing masonry fireplace opening. In as little as half a day an insert can be installed into your existing fireplace greatly enhancing its performance and beauty. See below for a shopping list and tools click here to subscribe to the official this old house youtube.
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. Run electrical power to fireplace and install a duplex receptacle. If you wish to install a wood stove you have many of the same decisions in terms of wood burning pellet or gas as you would for a fireplace.
Remove existing chimney cap and damper from top of chimney. Despite being a wood burning fireplace insert you need an electrical outlet in the fireplace to connect the insert. Here are the basics of how to install a wood burning fireplace insert.
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. 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.
If theres a gas line extending into the fireplace shut off the gas then use two pipe wrenches to unscrew the gas line. What is a fireplace insert. Have an electrician install a 110 volt electrical outlet to the rear corner of the fireplace.
In this video this old house plumbing and heating contractor richard trethewey upgrades an old wood burning fireplace.