Heatilator fireplaces and Heatilator fireplace inserts are a popular draw for home-owners who have older buildings and want to upgrade or renovate their heating system. These buildings would be expensive to remodel to include a state of the art fireplace. Insulation, piping for gas, and wiring for electricity may all need to be done, which can carry its own hassle when it comes to older buildings.
Heatilator fireplaces and inserts are a cheaper and equally effective alternative. They can fit comfortably into an existing Heatilator wood burning fireplace, and require only minor changes like chimney cleaning and installing an exhaust pipe that will siphon away the creosote fumes into the chimney rather than letting them accumulate inside the fireplace creating a fire hazard.
Heatilator wood fireplace inserts are a good option when it comes to dual fireplaces where you’d like to have one facing inwards to one room and another either facing outdoors on the patio or into a second room. Heatilator fireplaces can be placed inside open fireplaces, providing effective warming of both places.
Heatilator fireplaces have doors that can be a necessity for certain kinds of fireplaces such as those in the main living area where you’d like to avoid the fumes and debris from littering the area. Clear glass fireplace doors allow energy efficiency and the aesthetic appeal of watching flames flicker up from the wood burning furnace.
In some situations, a better alternative to Heatilator fireplace inserts can be a Heatilator wood burning stove which fits inside the fireplace and is vented into it, while projecting a little onto the hearth. This gives better heating efficiency because the sides and top that project out into the room also radiate heat.
How much does a Heatilator fireplace insert cost? Well, it varies widely, but typically you can expect to pay between $1,300 and $2,500 for it. If you want other fireplace accessoris like a blower, extra fittings and trim like brass or gold on the Heatilator fireplace doors, then it can cost a bit more. Installation is best left to a professional, and you must factor in another $400 or so for this job.
A benefit of using Heatilator fireplaces is that the process of cleaning and maintaining the chimney is easier. While this can be a heavy and awkward procedure that you’d prefer to leave to a pro, there are some Heatilator wood fireplace inserts where you won’t even need to take it out, but can install a full relining system in place.
One thing to beware of and guard against is the build up of creosote in the fireplace, which would violate NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) norms. This can be avoided by making sure that your Heatilator fireplace inserts have a positive connection to the chimney. Doing this will ensure that the smoke and gases are directed straight out through the chimney, leaving no combustible deposits lingering inside the fireplace inserts.
Heatilator fireplaces are attractive for these reasons, especially in older homes where alternatives can be costly and complicated to install.