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New Year, New Wood-Burning Fireplace Insert

Many of us like to start off the new year making improvements to our lives, and upgrading an older masonry fireplace by converting it to a new wood-burning fireplace insert is a great way to give your home a new look while providing supplemental heat to your house. You may be aware of how inefficient your old fireplace has become over the years, and you probably have also noticed your heating bills increasing as well. If you have been considering upgrading your fireplace, Aelite Chimney Specialties is the perfect place to find the best wood-burning inserts on the market. Not only can we help you pick out the perfect insert for your home, but our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified chimney technicians can safely install your new heating appliance. We would like to tell you more about wood-burning fireplace inserts and why you should consider starting off the new year with one of these inserts.New Year, New Wood Burning Fireplace Insert - Chicago IL - Aelite Chimney Specialties

Wood-burning fireplace inserts allow you to enjoy clean and warm heat.

With a new wood-burning fireplace insert, you will not have to worry about contributing as much pollution as you would have with those types of heating appliances in the past. New technology has led to the development of wood-burning inserts that are certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). According to How Stuff Works, newer EPA-certified wood-burning fireplace inserts are guaranteed to efficiently and safely burn wood with less smoke.

Wood-burning fireplace inserts work efficiently when they are professionally installed.

In order to ensure your new heating appliance functions safely and efficiently, the chimney experts at Aelite Chimney Specialties will also install a stainless steel chimney liner that properly fits the insert. Since these new fireplace inserts are smaller than the older masonry fireplace, you will need a flue that fits the insert to prevent chimney draft problems and other costly issues. We will also make sure your new wood-burning fireplace insert is working as it should after installation.

Wood-burning fireplace inserts will save you money on heating costs.

Not only has new technology allowed for burning wood more cleanly, these new wood-burning fireplace inserts will reduce your consumption of wood. Fires burned in these inserts burn longer and produce more warmth to your home. Most models of these inserts are equipped with blowers that can evenly distribute the heat from the fire throughout the room. We know you will see a decrease in how much money you spent to heat your home after installing a new wood-burning fireplace insert.

Now is a perfect time to begin the new year with a new wood-burning fireplace insert. Contact us at Aelite Chimney Specialties to get started on updating your older masonry fireplace to a more efficient heating appliance.

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The Importance of Professional Installation of a Wood-Burning Fireplace Insert

Wood Burning Insert Installaiton - Chicago IL - Aelite Chimney SpecialtiesThe new EPA-certified wood-burning fireplace inserts can convert your old masonry fireplace into a clean burning, energy-efficient, and effective fireplace. However, Aelite Chimney Specialties would like to stress how important it is for these inserts to be professionally installed. Some people believe they can install their wood-burning fireplace inserts themselves; however, many times we have had to go and properly reinstall inserts because of problems that occur from do-it-yourself installations. An insert is basically a wood-burning stove designed to fit into an existing fireplace, so it seems simple to install on your own. The problem lies with the size of your chimney flue as it is typically too large for the fireplace insert, and this can cause hazardous problems. We would like to share with you some information from The Wood Heat Organization to explain these problems and why it is so important for your wood-burning fireplace insert to be professionally installed.


In the early 1980’s, when fireplace inserts first hit the market, they quickly received a bad reputation for not being very efficient and being unsafe and expensive to maintain. People were just putting these in their old fireplaces with no connection to the chimney. The exhaust gases would exit through the flue collar and eventually work their way out through the chimney. To solve this problem, a short length of stainless steel liner, or a “direct connect,” was added to go directly through the chimney, but there was no connection to the base of the chimney. These inserts were difficult to light, smoky to use, and difficult to clean as the insert had to be removed to clean the chimney. An outbreak of chimney fires caused national fire safety organizations to investigate this issue.


The main problem lies with the chimney’s flue being too large for the wood-burning fireplace insert. An insert is typically designed to vent through a six-inch (or 28 square inches) exhaust. Most fireplaces have a 121 square inch flue, which is four times larger than what an insert is designed for venting. This sizing difference leads to a couple of problems:

1. differences in temperatures

When the flue is disproportionately larger than the insert, your chimney stays colder than it would with a properly sized flue. When your chimney is cold, the hot smoke and gases condense and form creosote, a hazardous and combustible residue, which sticks to the walls of your chimney. If you use your wood-burning fireplace insert regularly, this can lead to a possible chimney fire in about five weeks.

2. smoke residence time

The amount of time smoke remains in the flue, smoke residence time needs to be as short as possible. The only way to accomplish short smoke residence time is by using a correctly sized and insulated flue for your insert.


When Aelite Chimney Specialties installs wood-burning fireplace inserts, we also install a stainless steel chimney liner that properly fits the insert. This will solve the temperature differential and smoke residence time problems and make your insert safe to use without a risk of major creosote buildups and a possible chimney fire.

Have more questions about wood-burning fireplace inserts? Contact  Aelite Chimney Specialties to ask us anything you would like to know.

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We Are Beaming!

Recently, we installed a fireplace insert for some of our customers. They are so happy with it, they sent us pictures! Call today and lets put a smile on your face.

Huge thanks to all our customers for allowing us to be a part of your lives.

Huge thanks to all our customers for allowing us to be a part of your lives.

Don't you want to cozy up with a good book?

Don’t you want to cozy up with a good book?


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