Not too long after we moved in, we discovered that the peach room fireplace chimney needed a new liner (thanks, home inspectors!!). This chimney had a clay tile-lined flue. Essentially, the installed clay tiles were breaking down due to soot accumulation and moisture. Without this liner, smoke would deteriorate the chimney walls and significantly increase our chance of a chimney fire.
After reaching out to a few different places, we learned that it would cost us $10K to have a new chimney liner installed. I was devastated. We had just purchased this house and there was no way we could afford to invest this amount of money into it immediately.
Based solely on finances, converting to a gas fireplace insert was obvious. Gas fireplace inserts are designed to fit existing fireplaces and are fueled via a copper gas line. We were pleased to learn that a gas insert would be far more efficient in heating our space than a wood-burning fireplace.
Even after we settled on a gas fireplace insert, I still had reservations about the look of an insert. I admit I had a preconceived notion, and I had concerns I wouldn’t find one I liked. The team at Heat & Glo was able to show me a selection of inserts that fit within my vision of the space. We ultimately selected the Escape gas insert fireplace because the style looked the most realistic.
After selecting the insert, the Fireside Hearth & Home team installed the insert in just one day.
Fireplaces check off all of my boxes. Not only do they add visual and literal warmth to a space, but they also create an instant ambiance. The ritual of building a fire fulfills all of my senses, from the crackling sound to the smell of the wood burning. I love it all.
But… you cannot beat having a fire at the push of a button. The Escape kicks out a ton of heat with zero effort on my end.
We use our Heat & Glo fireplace in the peach room daily in the colder months. We turn on the fireplace first thing in the morning and it often helps heat the adjacent office and dining room. It provides a lovely ambiance and goes beyond just looks to help keep everyone comfortable.
There are lots of options out there for fireplaces. For us, it was an easy decision based on finances and undesirable alternative options. If you are looking to convert or install a fireplace of your own, the pros at Heat & Glo can answer all of your questions.
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BY Kate Arends - March 15, 2022
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There was no depth to this article. Why did you pick this particular fireplace over others?
Could you let me know the paint color info? I tried to locate earlier posts but couldn’t find it!
We’re unsure of the exact color since it’s original to the house. The closest we’ve found is a color called Tangerine Burst from California Paints!
In reference to those purchasing or flipping older homes with wood burning fireplaces, this article will caution them about a potential danger and/or cost. The writer provided a review for a heating option should someone encounter this situation. Should there be a power outage, the gas fireplace allows the user to have heat.