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Ready to Install Your New Fireplace? We Can Help!

Help Installing Your New Fireplace Image - Chicago IL - Aelite Chimney Specialties You decided to upgrade your old masonry fireplace with a new gas fireplace insert or a set of gas logs in order to improve the energy efficiency of your home, and you thought you could save money by installing the insert yourself. However, doing this task yourself could end up costing you even more money because of the problems that could occur with a DIY hearth appliance installation job. Having your new fireplace insert or set of gas logs professionally installed is not only recommended by manufacturers, but also by national fire safety organizations like the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). If you live in the Chicago area, Aelite Chimney Specialties can properly and safely install your new hearth heating appliance, and we can also assist you with finding the best appliance for your home if you need help with upgrading your older fireplace. We would like to tell you a bit more about why you should have a fireplace insert or a set of gas logs professionally installed.

What problems could occur if I do not have my new gas hearth heating appliance professionally installed?

According to the CSIA, gas appliances have to meet specific venting requirements. The main concern when installing a new gas fireplace insert into an existing masonry fireplace opening is matching the size of the flue with the appliance. Most masonry chimneys are too large for newer gas fireplace inserts, and this size difference can cause a couple of problems. One of these problems has to do with condensation. When the flue is too large, not enough heat is produced to keep water vapors from liquefying. This liquid is very corrosive and can eat away at the masonry materials of the chimney. Another common issue that occurs has to do with inadequate draft, which reduces the safety and efficiency of your new heating appliance. When your chimney has draft problems, the toxic combustion gases like carbon monoxide are not pulled out of your home through the chimney. When Aelite Chimney Specialties installs a new hearth heating appliance, we make sure that the size of the flue matches the size of the appliance by installing a new stainless steel chimney liner to provide a properly matched flue.

What types of hearth heating appliances does Aelite Chimney Specialties carry?

We carry a wide variety of fireplace inserts of different fuel types that can improve the energy efficiency of your home. Growing in popularity each year, fireplace inserts are easy to use and to maintain. They also allow you to improve both the appearance of your hearth and the heating efficiency of your home. We offer several fuel options for these inserts, including wood-burning, gas, and pellet. Our knowledgeable staff can help you choose which fuel type is the best fit for your home. We also carry gas logs as another option for increasing the energy efficiency in your house, and we can install freestanding wood stoves as well.

Are you ready to update your older masonry fireplace this winter? Contact us at Aelite Chimney Specialties to learn more about how we can help you improve your heating efficiency in your home.

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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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