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Insert for an old house

Posted by d56auction (My Page) on
Tue, Dec 21, 10 at 23:11

We're buying a 100 year old house with an old fireplace. It has a damper, but I'm interested to know if there are any inserts available that do a decent job of keeping the old house look and while adding a bit of efficiency. Or, should we simply add glass doors? Any ideas?

There is a wood source on the property, but the original fireplace also is plumbed for gas.


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RE: Insert for an old house

The most energy efficient and safe option is a direct vent gas insert. If you are not familiar with them, do a search on this forum to find out about them. Direct vent units come in a variety of styles. We got one by Jotul, a Norwegian company. It was manufactured in Norway, but assembled in Maine. It is black cast iron which we think fits in nicely with a variety of decors. But that's a matter of personal taste.

If, after finding out about direct vent in this forum, you decide to pursue this option, do a google search for direct vent. It will turn up websites of many manufacturers, Jotul included. A word of caution: installing a direct vent system is a bit complicated, and can take a whole day. So make sure you hire an installer who is experienced at it. Finding such a person may take some looking around and asking people for recommendations.

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