I have a 1940's brick fireplace that I would like to use to burn wood. I have been told I need to install a liner, which I plan to do for saftey reasons. However, all the local fireplace companies say that I also need to install an insert. I am trying to maintain the original look of the fireplace and do not want to use an insert. I understand the benefits of an insert but I don't like the look of what I have seen so far.
My question is how do you connect an insert to the existing fire box? If not done properly, I can see how this could be very dangerous. Especially if the fire or smoke got behind the liner. So, what are my options if any?