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Do you love the look of your fireplace and mantel setup, but hate the way your fire never actually heats the room?

Are you interested in changing up your fuel type without doing away with the whole hearth?

Have you been looking for something a little different to change up the look and feel of your living space?

If your answer is “yes” to any of these inquiries, you might be the perfect candidate to consider upgrading your home heating system to an insert.

Here at Garden State Chimney, we do more than just chimney repairs and other maintenance services. We also sell and install an amazing selection of both wood and gas fireplace inserts – all produced by the best manufacturers in the country. Also? We’re perhaps the only chimney company you’ll find who are ready to lace up our dancing shoes at the drop of a hat and perform the famous song and dance from the classic Mary Poppins – but only if you ask nicely.

If you’re a homeowner in the greater Passaic County, NJ area, there’s no place better to call than Garden State. We’re hardworking and friendly, highly trained and incredibly professional. Simply put, you won’t find anyone more qualified. Reach out online or give us a call at 972-519-0802 to see what else we might be able to do for you.

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What Exactly Is a Fireplace Insert?

We know shopping for a new home heating system can be a bit overwhelming. That’s why we’re here to provide as much information as possible so that you go into this process knowing as much as possible. First things first, with all the different fireplace alternatives and modernized appliance updates out there, sometimes it’s difficult to actually understand what it is you’re even looking for.

So, what is a fireplace insert, exactly? Like the name suggests, a fireplace insert is a self-contained combustion unit that is measured to fit the exact dimensions of an existing fireplace. With various fuel options to choose from, a range of customization options to best fit the vibe of your perfect living room, and a short installation process, it’s easy to see why fireplace inserts are a popular choice.

Plus, unless you’re planning to completely redo the space and no longer want your hearth to be the center focal point of the room, the transition from traditional open-facing fireplace to an enclosed insert is seamless. Because they utilize the existing chimney/flue structure, there is no need to find an alternative way to ventilate the firebox.

Can I Install an Insert Into My Prefabricated Fireplace?

Here’s where things might get a bit tricky. Technically speaking, there is no reason why you couldn’t – as long as the dimensions are properly matched and measured – but because prefabricated chimneys are constructed and set up entirely differently from their masonry counterparts, it gets a bit complicated.

Without getting too deep into the details of it, while prefab and masonry chimneys essentially do the exact same thing for a fireplace (i.e. ensure it is properly and appropriately ventilated), they actually function entirely differently. And also, every prefabricated fireplace and chimney system has certain safety clearance requirements to ensure the appliance is suitable for operation. When the system is altered in some way, like adding a wood- or gas-burning insert, it affects these clearances which can, in turn, put you, your family, and your home at risk.

However, we’d be more than happy to explain a bit more in depth after learning more about your existing fireplace system and the goals you’re looking to achieve. In search of something else, like how and where to schedule your annual chimney sweep and inspection? We’ve got you covered there too. Set up a time to speak with someone from our team by filling out an appointment request form or by calling us at 973-519-0802.

And rest assured – if it turns out that you’re not the best candidate for a fireplace insert installation, we’re certain we can help you find something similar that best suits your needs and your setup.

Why Should I Upgrade to an Insert?

There are many reasons homeowners decide to make the switch from an open-facing, more traditional home heating appliance to a wood- or gas-fueled insert. Some people are after the sleek, modernized look provided by an insert, while others simply want their fireplace to perform more efficiently. Others, still, are interested in something less drafty, a bit cleaner, and overall less work. Some other benefits?

  • Safety. Due to their closed-off design, fireplace insert units are inherently safer than any open-flame appliance. While they do require careful operation (it is still a fire, after all), they eliminate the possibility of direct contact with the actual flames, making them a smarter and safer option for those with young children and/or curious pets.
  • Versatility. And we don’t just mean versatile in terms of their appearance, but fuel type too. That’s right – not only are there a multitude of different options when it comes to the trim, design, and overall style of a fireplace unit, you have your choice of desired fuel as well. Currently using some gas logs, but are interested in trying wood? Great, let’s do it. Want to stick with gas? That’s a great option too.
  • Long-term savings. While an insert might be an initial investment at the beginning, because they are so efficient, you’ll end up saving a ton on your energy bills down the line. Think about it: you pay less and get more heat from your appliance. Sounds like a definite win-win to us.
  • Better for the environment. Because of the enclosed combustion chamber, fireplace inserts are generally healthier for the environment than their traditional open fireplace counterparts. These units allow for a longer burn that results in generally more efficient heat without all that smoke blowing around inside or outside of your home.
  • Radiant heat. Perhaps one of the best things about a fireplace insert? The radiant heat they create. Unlike other open systems that have so much potential for heat loss, the self-contained nature of fireplace inserts means that all of the heat they’re producing is radiated right back out into the living space.

Interested in learning more about what you could gain from investing in a new insert? Set up an appointment with a talented member of our team. You can do so right here online, or you can dial 973-519-0802 to speak with someone today. We’d love to answer any questions and calm any worries you might have.

How Do I Choose Between Wood & Gas for My New Insert?

Ah, yes. Sometimes, having so many choices leaves us feeling even more confused than when we first started searching! We’re not gonna lie, it can be hard to pick between such solid options for fuel types – especially when personal preference and lifestyle play such a huge role in a decision like this. While there is no way to confidently and correctly claim one as superior to the other, here are some things to think about when deciding which fuel type would be best suited to fit the needs of you and your family.


An excellent option if you’re wanting something as close to “the real thing” as possible, there are numerous advantages to using wood as a fuel source. For those who live in more rural areas, wood is an easily accessible resource that could help you save a lot of money in gas bills. …but it won’t burn as cleanly and requires a good deal of work and effort to maintain.

However, there is also something quite satisfying about the finding, chopping, hauling, and seasoning ritual that many homeowners relish.

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If you’re in the market for an easier, cleaner option, gas is gonna be a great choice for you. And if your end goal is overall system efficiency? There’s nothing better than gas. Keep in mind, though, that gas is not always as easily accessible as wood and thus can be subjected to price hikes. Also, while the burn is cleaner and the smoke lesser, gas is still a fossil fuel – and as such is not renewable.

As you can see, it’s really quite hard to put one above the other when they both have equal ratios of benefits to shortcomings. If you’re a homeowner in Northern New Jersey and are in the market for a fireplace insert installation service, but you’re struggling to decide between wood and gas as a fuel source, you’re in the right place. Here at Garden State Chimney, we take pride in our industry knowledge and our ability to help homeowners like you make the best choice in products and fuel possible.

You can reach us through our website or by calling 973-519-0802 to learn more.

Why Should I Schedule My Insert Installation With Garden State?

We take pride in the fact that our company was founded on integrity, honesty, and good old fashioned hard work. Unlike a lot of other companies in this industry, we believe doing the right thing is always and infinitely more important than doing the quick or easy thing, and we always make sure to keep our customers involved every step of the way.

Plus, who doesn’t like a nice, choreographed dance routine complete with props? That’s gotta count for something, right?

But in all seriousness, we love what we do. We’re proud of our company and prouder of our Northern New Jersey community. A full-service, licensed and insured chimney company, Garden State Chimney only hires the best chimney technicians who are certified members of the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) to be sure that you get the best service possible. Our aim is to always make our customers’ lives better and brighter by ensuring that their homes are warmer, cozier, and safer.

Take the leap and upgrade to a fireplace insert with Garden State Chimney today. Call 973-519-0802 or request your appointment online today. We can’t wait to work with you.


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