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Which Insert Is Right For Me – Wood or Gas?

Have you noticed that your heating costs have been increasing each winter? If so, are you ready to do something to make your home more energy efficient in order to lower your utility bills? If you have a traditional wood-burning fireplace, you should consider updating it with a new insert. Those older fireplaces typically have efficiency ratings of only 15 percent. This is because most of the heat produced by the fire goes out the chimney. This makes you have to turn up your furnace to compensate for that heat loss, which is why you are seeing your bills increase.

Which Insert Is Right For Me - Chicago IL - Aelite Chimney SpecialtiesSo, how can you reduce these bills? Convert your older wood-burning fireplace into a more energy efficient heating appliance. Install a new fireplace insert into the existing opening! Aelite Chimney Specialties can help you select the best insert for your home. Afterwards, we also install it so that it works safely and efficiently. However, there is one choice you will need to make. Do you want a wood or gas insert? To help with this decision, we would like to tell you more about the different fuel types.


If you love the smells, sights, and sounds of your traditional wood-burning fireplace, you will probably be leaning towards this type of insert. New technology has made burning wood much more energy efficient. According to HouseLogic, a wood-burning fireplace insert will have an energy efficiency rating of anywhere between 60 to 80 percent. This is enough for the US Environmental Protection Agency to certify certain models. These inserts will burn longer without as much firewood, which will also save you money. Most models are equipped with fans that circulate the heated air throughout the room. This way you will not have to worry about heated air escaping out of the chimney. However, if you are tired of doing the chores involved with your wood-burning fireplace, you may not be interested in this type of insert.


Are you ready for convenience and ease while you reduce your heating costs? If so, you will want to consider a gas fireplace insert. You will be able to start a fire from your couch with a remote control! You will not have to bring in firewood from outside anymore; nor will you have to sweep up ashes after a fire. When you are ready to leave your home or go to sleep, you will not have to wait for the fire to die down. You just have to push a button on the remote control to turn off the flames. Gas fireplace inserts burn clean with efficiency ratings of 58 to 85 percent and provide warm, cozy heat. Really, the only drawback is that you do not get the sensory experiences you have with wood fires.

Improve the energy efficiency in your home with a new fireplace insert. Contact us at Aelite Chimney Specialties to find out more about whether wood or gas is best for you!

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Gas Logs vs Wood-Burning Inserts

Gas Logs vs Wood-Burning Inserts Image - Chicago IL - Aelite Chimney Specialties LLCIf you were disappointed with the heating efficiency of your old masonry fireplace last winter, you may be thinking of how to improve its performance. Unfortunately, traditional fireplaces do not provide a lot of heat to your home because a lot of the hot air exits out of the chimney. This can make your heating bills very expensive as you try to compensate for the loss of heat. Aelite Chimney Specialties has several options that can increase your home’s heating efficiency by updating your masonry fireplace, and two of the most popular of these options are gas logs and wood-burning fireplace inserts. While both of these heating appliances will lower your heating costs and provide more heat to your home, they each have their own pros and cons. We would like to tell you more about gas logs and wood-burning inserts to help you decide which one would work better in your home.

Gas Logs

If you are on a tight budget, gas logs can be your best option to increase the heating efficiency in your home. Not only are gas logs economical, they are also more convenient than wood-burning fireplace inserts. You will not have to worry about bringing in firewood or sweeping up ashes after every fire. All you have to do to start a fire is turn the gas logs on by flipping a switch or pressing a button on a remote control. Gas logs are available in two types – vented and vent-free. According to SF Gate, a set of vented gas logs requires a chimney, while a set of vent-free gas logs can be installed wherever you choose. You may have heard that vent-free gas logs can be unsafe, but Aelite Chimney Specialties will tell you exactly how to use this type of gas logs and enjoy safe fires. Although newer sets of gas logs look very realistic, one of the biggest drawbacks of this heating appliance is the absence of the sensory experiences of burning wood.

Wood-Burning Inserts

For those who prefer the scents, sounds, and sights of a wood fire, a wood-burning fireplace insert can be the best option to increase the heating efficiency of your home. Aelite Chimney Specialties can install one of these inserts into your existing masonry fireplace opening so that you can enjoy safe, clean, and warm wood fires. If you have access to cutting your own firewood, this option can be very budget friendly. Using the latest technology, this type of heating appliance burns wood very efficiently so that fewer amounts of smoke and other pollutants are produced with each fire. One of our favorite things about wood-burning fireplace inserts is the ability to provide heat even if the electricity and gas are out because of a winter storm.

To learn more about these heating appliances, contact us at Aelite Chimney Specialties. We can help you decide whether gas logs or a wood-burning insert would be the best choice for your home.

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