Making Wood Fireplaces More Efficient
For all their beauty, romance and rustic charm. wood burning fireplaces are not the best way to heat a home. For one thing, they are highly inefficient;
an open wood fireplace easily wastes in excess of eighty percent of the heat it produces, meaning that heat goes straight up the chimney. Another
drawback to wood fireplaces is that they are very dirty; they produce billows of smoke and leave powdered ash behind that can be difficult to clean up.
In addition, when wood fireplaces are used, it leads to the build-up of a carbon substance on the inside surfaces of the flue and chimney. Known as
creosote, this substance must be removed regularly by professional chimney sweeps; if allowed to build up, it can cause very hot-burning and
dangerous flue fires that can burn out of control and pose a serious safety hazard.
However, if you have an older home that already has a wood burning fireplace installed, it makes sense to get some practical use out of it. This is
where a Denver woodburning fireplace insert can be very effective.
Wood burning fireplaces that are equipped with inserts and/or wood burning stoves burn more efficiently and actually give off a lot of heat. In addition,
such retro-fitted wood fireplaces can use more ecologically-friendly forms of fuel, such as wood pellets rather than split firewood. A wood fireplace that
has an insert can also have a catalytic converter installed, meaning that when you are burning wood for heat during the cold months, you are creating
much less air pollution at a time of year when such airborne contaminants can build up and cause real problems.
Inserts for wood burning fireplaces are a bit of an investment up front - they can run anywhere from $1200 to $4000 or more - but once your wood
burning fireplace has been fitted with one, you'll wonder why you didn't have one installed sooner. There is a wide variety of wood fireplace options
when it comes to inserts and stoves, and there is one for every home and type of dÃ©cor, ranging from t