Wood, the original heat source. For centuries, wood burning fireplaces were our primary source of home heating heating. a major improvement was made with the Rumford fireplace in the 1790’s, named after the inventor, Sir Benjamin Thompson, known as Count Rumford. He also invented the cast iron stove, known as the Rumford Stove, which competed with the Franklin Stove, named after the inventor, Benjamin Franklin. This was the first wood burning stove to use a baffle system to enhance performance.these were often installed as Fireplace Inserts. With the advent of central heating, fireplaces became strictly decorative and extremely inefficient, and in fact a major source of heat loss.
Today, there is a growing trend to upgrading inefficient fireplaces, by installing high efficiency wood burning inserts. Like modern wood stoves, wood burning inserts have evolved over this time, incorporating technologies that make them incredibly efficient and clean burning, These technologies mean that wood inserts are extremely efficient and clean burning, providing more heat and longer burn times on a load of wood. Super heated air-wash systems keep the glass doors clean, so can enjoy the mesmerizing ambiance of the flickering flame.
Wood inserts come in many styles, from a basic functional wood insert, to enameled cast iron units that enhance the decor of your home. Installation of a wood insert can be easily done in most existing masonry fireplaces. A chimney liner is installed and connected directly to the insert, eliminating drafts and heat loss, as well as enhancing performance. Wood-burning fireplace inserts an easy upgrade to your existing fireplace with a great combination of beauty and high efficiency wood heat for your home.
When looking to buy a wood insert, a visit to one of our fireplace & wood stove showrooms in Ottawa or Carleton place can be a great place to start! We have a wide variety of wood burning inserts on display, so you can see how they look and operate, before you buy. Our experts will help you choose the wood insert that best fits the form, function and budget you are looking for. Easy monthly payments are available, and with easy online pre-approval, you can shop with confidence.
Installation of wood burning inserts, in Ottawa and surrounding area, does require a building permit and inspection from the municipality, but no need to worry. Our experts will provide all that is needed, and ensure that the process is easy and seamless from start to finish. When the installation of your new wood insert is complete, we provide a WETT certificate, which certifies that all aspects of the installation of the insert meets all codes and regulations.
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