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Are fireplace inserts worth the money?
Fireplace inserts can help you cut down the cost of heating your home. Over time, this can help you actually save money. The trick is to make sure to turn down your thermostat when you are heating your home with a fireplace insert. Inserts are not replacements for home heating.
Are fireplace inserts safe?
If your fireplace insert is professionally installed, you can ensure proper heat efficiency and safety.
Can a fireplace be removed?
There are many ways to remove a fireplace. Some are costly and involve demolition and construction and others that do not. Generally, most people who have an existing traditional fireplace choose to upgrade to a gas insert. This can save money on heating costs as drafts are reduced through the masonry chimney.
What size fireplace do I need?
The size of your fireplace depends on preference, availability of space, and budget. A 36-inch wide fireplace would typically have a 48-inch mantel. Mantels should not reach and be up against walls, glass, windows or doors.
Which fireplace is the best to buy?
Selecting your fireplace depends on preferences like budget, how you’ll use the fireplace, where you’ll install the fireplace, and more. Before determining what kind of fireplace you need, determine what you want it for.
Can a stone fireplace be painted?
Yes. You can paint a stone fireplace. But, before you do, you should make sure the stone you currently have will provide the look and asthetic you are going for.
Can stone catch on fire?
In short, no. But, fire can weaken mortar, which could shift your fireplace and in a worse case scenario cause your fireplace to collapse.